Through the natural aging process, the skin becomes worn and stretched. From smiles to frowns, to sun exposure- the sun undergoes many battles trying to stay tight and youthful appearing. Collagen is responsible for keeping the skin tight and elastic. It is the protein found in the skin that breaks down after years of use and abuse. Fortunately, there are many natural and safe choices that can be used to create a tighter and more youthful appearance.
Facial fillers, such as Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, and Sculptra, are used to fill in and remove wrinkles. Some of these fillers have an additional effect of stimulating the skin to produce more collagen, resulting in firmer, more youthful skin.
- Juvederm is a smooth gel made of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that the body makes in order to maintain skin water content. Our natural production of hyaluronic acid decreases as we age; leading to fine lines and wrinkles. Juvederm restores this natural substance to the skin. Juvederm is a great choice for erasing laugh lines, filling in acne scars, banishing under-eye bags, and lip enhancement.
- Radiesse is a filler made of calcium hydroxylapetite spheres floating in a gel. Radiesse has an additional advantage of stimulating your own skin to produce collagen. Collagen is the framework that keeps skin firm and youthful looking. Radiesse is great for moderate-severe facial wrinkles, especially nasolabial folds, also known as “smile lines”. Smile lines extend from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth and are a telltale sign of aged skin. Radiesse is also a fantastic choice for enhancing the shape of the face.
- Restylane is an injectable gel filler that immediately restores youthful volume to the face. Restylane is made of hyaluronic acid – a natural, non-animal derived substance. Hyaluronic is normally made in the skin to maintain hydration. Restylane returns this natural substance back into the skin. The effects of Restylane last for months – they are not permanent, giving you a more control over the amount of results you desire.
- Sculptra is a type of filler used to restore volume and youth to the face. Sculptra is made of a natural, plant-derived acids. This substance is absolutely safe and is even broken down by the body. Sculptra is different from other fillers for a few reasons. Since Sculptra works by restoring collagen in the deeper layers of the skin, the results take time to become noticeable. Immediately after treatment, the injected volume will fade. Over the period of a few months, Sculptra will stimulate your skin to produce more collagen. This process will allow a gradual and natural enhancement of your skin.