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As we age, we lose skin elasticity and volume. This generates wrinkles, jowling and furrows. Also, many patients desire more lip, cheek or chin volume. Tissue fillers, which include numerous types of products and/or fat injections, can be placed into the tissue or lips to plump out wrinkles or furrows and add sensuous volume to the lips.
Some of the more popular tissue fillers are hyaluronic acid products such as Restylane, Juve’derm, Hylaform, Captique and others. There is also Radiesse and Sculptra available as fillers. Each type of filler has its indication and ideal options for use and each has a different longevity in a given patient. The hyaluronic acid products typically last six to nine months and the Radiesse product about eighteen months. Sculptra most frequently is used to fill larger volume needs in the mid face or cheeks and typically is a series of treatments to build that volume.
Fillers are often excellent adjuncts to skin care, facial resurfacing procedure and Botox Cosmetic injections. Fillers are one of plastic surgeries least invasive procedures with little down time and immediate results. They can create a much more youthful look by replacing skin volume lost from sun damage and aging.