What makes a person’s skin look young? You might instantly think that a wrinkle-free appearance is the fountain of youth. However, lines aren’t the only thing that can give away your age. Many people don’t realize that the structure underneath the skin deteriorates as they get older. This can lead to sagging skin, a gaunt appearance, pronounced folds, and circles under your eyes. Several injectable treatments work to counteract the loss of facial volume.
Injectable Treatments for Facial Volume Loss
Restylane and Juvederm are both clear hyaluronic acid gels that can be injected into the face. Treatment with hyaluronic acid injections can plump up smile lines and frown lines. Some forms of the products are FDA approved for increasing the volume in the upper and lower lips of patients over 21. Restylane can also be used around the eyes.
Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in your own skin. Don’t let the word “acid” scare you. The compound is not a chemical peel or a product that can burn the skin. In fact, it is soothing and serves as a moisturizer and lubricant.
Fun fact: Babies are born with large amounts of hyaluronic acid. That’s what makes their skin so soft.
According to researchers, hyaluronic acid is most effective when it can be delivered across the skin barrier. That’s why injections can be so effective. They attract moisture as they add volume, helping your skin retain its youthful appearance.
Restylane vs. Juvederm
Experts have found that hyaluronic acid injections can dramatically reduce deep folds and wrinkles around the mouth, cheekbones and jawline with minimal pain. Studies show that the treatment lasts up to nine months, and the product is associated with few side effects.
Juvederm is a little smoother and thinner than Restylane. It’s often used to fill in fine lines. If you need to plump up larger areas, such as the hollows under the cheeks or eyes, Restylane will mold better to your natural face shape and may stay in place more efficiently. Both products last long and are relatively painless to administer.
If you have been wondering how to replenish your facial volume, contact Kessel Dermatology. We’ll help you achieve a natural, youthful appearance.