Using Acid to Fill Wrinkles — What?

facial fillersWrinkles and facial creases are downright depressing, literally! Yes, as the collagen that supports your skin decreases as you age, and as you damage your skin with sun exposure and the like, wrinkles, lines, and creases all depress down into the skin.

So, why not just use some acid to plump those wrinkles back up?

Huh?

OK, not the kind of acid people put in their pools in Encino, hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid is the basis of some of the world’s most popular fillers, including some of those offered by our team at Dr. Malamet’s. You’ve probably heard the names of these fillers, but what do you know of their basic ingredient, hyaluronic acid?

Get to know hyaluronic acid

You may never have heard of it, but you can find hyaluronic acid in almost every living thing. It occurs naturally. In humans it acts as a network that transfers essential nutrients from the blood to the skin cells. It can be found in high concentrations in soft connective tissue, and in some cartilage and joint fluids. It is injected into joints of people with arthritis.

But it’s the relationship hyaluronic acid has with the skin that makes people with facial wrinkles stop and take notice. This is because hyaluronic acid binds with water molecules in the skin to plump, hydrate, and keep the skin firm. Those characteristics are what you would think of with young skin.

Which fillers are based on hyaluronic acid?

There are new fillers coming on the market every year. But chances are you’ve heard of these three: Juvederm, Perlane, and Restylane. They are three of the most requested fillers in the world, second only to the neuromodulator Botox. These three hyaluronic acid fillers are the fillers Dr. Malamet mainly uses.

What skin issues do hyaluronic acid fillers treat?

Different fillers are made to target specific facial issues. For instance, that’s why some are thicker than others, as they are intended to supply volume in specific areas. Here are the items that hyaluronic fillers address.

  • Marionette lines
  • Frown line between the eyebrows
  • Deep smile lines
  • Redefining lip borders
  • Acne scars
  • Cheek depressions
  • Worry lines on the forehead
  • Scars from acne, burns, or wounds
  • Smoker’s lines

The consistency of the gel is the deciding issue where different fillers work best. For instance, Perlane is much thicker than Juvederm, so it is better at filling volume-deficient areas, while Juvederm is better at areas with thinner skin and for filling wrinkles.

Put hyaluronic acid to work on your aging skin. Call Dr. Malamet at 818-380-3130 and let’s talk about hyaluronic acid fillers.

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