What are fillers?
Dermal Fillers are soft, injectable substances that most often come in the form of liquids or gels. Injected into the dermis or subcutaneous layer of the skin, Dermal Fillers improve the visible signs of aging by replacing lost fat and filling out the space below wrinkles, fine lines, and cheek hollows. Dermal fillers can also be used to achieve a plumper lip or repair a variety of other facial imperfections such as enhanced jawline.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is the skin’s key tool in retaining water, and its presence in the skin creates volume and elasticity. HA is a naturally occurring sugar found in every tissue of the human body.
The skin has three layers:
The Epidermis, Dermis, and Subcutaneous. The Epidermis is the outer layer, containing cells that are continually renewed. The Dermis is the middle layer, containing Collagen (which provides support to the skin) and Elastin (which provides strength and flexibility). The Subcutaneous is the deepest layer of the skin and has the job of supporting the two layers above it. HA is naturally found throughout all three layers of the skin. However, as you age, your skin cells renew themselves at a slower rate, providing less HA, Collagen, and Elastin, causing the skin to thin. In combination with external elements such as sun exposure, gravity, repetitive movement, diet, and stress, the skin loses volume, sags, and develops fine lines.
HA based fillers work to repair this damage by temporarily adding HA to the skin, restoring volume and filling in fine lines, wrinkles, and hollows. Dermal Fillers are low-viscosity gels that integrate themselves naturally into the injected tissue, allowing oxygen and hormones to easily pass through them. As time goes on, the injected HA is naturally broken down and absorbed by your body.