Wrinkle Reduction and Lip Fillers

Hyaluronic Acid Filler (Lip Augmentation Injection Agent)

Young, healthy skin naturally produces a large quantity of hyaluronic acid, which serves to bind moisture to the skin’s cells, thus ensuring elasticity and plumpness of the skin. Over time, the body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid decreases, resulting in less hydrated skin, diminished elasticity, and the onset of wrinkles.

Hyaluronic acid injections restore the appearance of hydration to the skin and can be used to provide a more voluminous, youthful result, whether by filling fine or deep facial wrinkles, or creating additional volume in certain areas prone to losing volume, thereby reversing the signs of aging.

Hyaluronic acid is injected in localized sites either between the dermal layers or directly into the sub-dermal layers of the skin, plumping the tissue where volume has been lost. Moments after treatment, the patient can see immediate effects with little to no downtime, and can expect a result lasting 6 to 8 months, which is subsequently naturally metabolized by the body within approximately one year. The treatment is not permanent, and should be repeated to achieve the optimal effect, however it is a relatively painless procedure that gives a fantastic result. The side effects of Hyaluronic acid fillers are minimal and complications are rare.

Popular uses for hyaluronic acid fillers are to diminish the fine, vertical wrinkles between the upper and lower lips, and wrinkles running from the sides of the nose to the outer edges of the mouth. Fillers are also extremely effective to reduce the appearance of “angry” expressions caused by wrinkles where the forehead meets the nose.

While restricting the movement of facial muscles (in order to cease wrinkles from worsening) can be achieved with Botox® treatments, clinicians may also advise treating deep already-formed wrinkles with hyaluronic acid fillers in order to minimize and often erase their appearance altogether. Hyaluronic acid fillers can also be used to diminish the look of scarring or rough skin.

Wrinkle Filler

Wrinkle filler is a treatment that involves plumping existing wrinkles with hyaluronic acid filler, using a very thin, relatively painless needle. As a result, dehydrated skin lacking volume becomes plumper, wrinkles become smoother, and the facial features immediately seem younger and softer.

For whom do we suggest wrinkle filler or lip augmentation?

Depending on a variety of lifestyle choices (such as sun damage, levels of hydration, smoking or alcohol consumption), the signs of aging can begin to appear in the late 20’s to early 30’s. The connective tissues loosen, and as a result, slight wrinkles begin to appear on the face, around the mouth, eyes and forehead.

In order to best maintain a youthful appearance, hyaluronic acid fillers may be the desired option to delay the signs of aging non-surgically before a more invasive treatment is required, which is best assessed on an individual basis. Additionally, many patients find common “problem areas” most “aging”, and treatment with hyaluronic acid fillers can achieve the following:

  • Smoothen nasolabial folds (diminishing or reducing the lines between the nose and mouth that may give a “marionette-like” appearance)
  • Removal of the glabella wrinkles (the “frown lines” between the eyebrows)
  • Reduction and removal of the wrinkles around eyes and mouth
  • Fading wrinkles around the corner of eyes, chin and lower jaw
  • Addition of volume in areas that have become “bony”

The treatment is not permanent, however the effects are noticeable right away and are relatively long lasting. Anesthetic is used to numb the lips before lip augmentation.

Complications:

  • Complications are rare with hyaluronic acid filler, however swelling of the lips can occur for a day or two after treatment.
  • Redness may occur but typically disappears after the treatment within a day or two.
  • The injection filler agent absorbs faster than usual in very rare cases due to individual features of the connective tissue.
  • The area injected must not be massaged for two days following treatment and the patient must avoid high temperatures for 72 hours.