Dermal Fillers for Soft, Supple Skin Around the Mouth
As our skin ages, the dermis loses support and volume, leading to wrinkles and folds. Dermal fillers are commonly used to reduce or eliminate wrinkles, smooth depressed scars, enhance lips and replace soft-tissue volume loss. Dermal fillers are minimally invasive and require no downtime.
A filler substance is injected beneath the surface of the skin where it temporarily plumps and smoothes the skin. There are several classes of dermal fillers that are FDA approved, including collagen, hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxyl apatite-based fillers — each with different properties and characteristics.
Dr. Zimmet generally recommends hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane® and Juvederm™ for their combination of safety, smooth and natural appearance and good duration. Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of human skin and is the framework in which skin cells live. All hyaluronic acid products bind water and give the skin volume. In some cases, Radiesse is used for its volumizing effect and stimulating effect on collagen production.
The results of dermal fillers are visible immediately following the treatment, adding volume and smooth contours to your skin. Results typically last up to nine months, although some treatments can last more than 12.
Ideal candidates will have mild to severe facial wrinkles, lines or scars. This includes smile lines, marionette lines and vertical upper lip lines. Fillers can be used to restore volume to the back of the hands.
Candidates should not have a history of allergies to lidocaine or gram-positive bacterial proteins or have multiple severe allergies.
Schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Zimmet. He will be happy to discuss your skin concerns and help you determine if fillers and/or other minimally invasive treatments are right for you.