Facial rejuvenation can be accomplished via skin ablation, peel treatments, laser resurfacing, and filler injections. The latter is popular because of the simplicity of the procedure. The most common type of dermal filler is an injectable gel containing hyaluronic acid.
The benefits of hyaluronic acid fillers for lip augmentation are numerous and include quick results, a diminished appearance of fine line wrinkles in the lip skin. Collagen fillers are still used today, and in some cases, this type of dermal filler is considered beneficial. However, this is the case only in a small percentage of individuals.
How Fillers Work
The hyaluronic acid particles in these fillers are the same as particles produced naturally in the body. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have much of it in our skin or beneath the skin layers. When injected beneath the lip skin, the acid draws in and holds moisture. This gives the skin a slightly more moisturized appearance, and the result is a wrinkle-free skin surface. The lips themselves are now fuller and have a more pleasing, natural curvature.
Several types of hyaluronic acid filler gels are produced in the laboratory, and the dermatologist will determine which is better for treating a specific area. For example, a heavier, more dense and malleable gel may be suitable for smoothing out larger creases such as nasolabial folds, but a thinner gel compound may work better for enhancing the lip boundary.
About Collagen Fillers
Collagen is a natural protein in the body that gives the skin its elasticity and suppleness. It is also found in moderate concentration in the ligaments and joints. These fillers are considered to fight wrinkles because the added collagen in and beneath the skin makes the surface a bit tauter. This reduces the appearance of crow’s feet and smile lines.
Advantages Of Hyaluronic Acid Versus Collagen
While collagen fillers can help with wrinkled skin in certain areas of the face, but they don’t add volume, so in most cases, they aren’t the preferred gel type for lip augmentation. Volume loss is the most common concern our clients bring to us. Hyaluronic acid fillers come in many forms, the difference having to do with the thickness and consistency of the gel. This allows us to customize a treatment for each client, something that is much more difficult to do with collagen fillers.
Find Out Which Filler Is Right For You
We have found that added volume via the injection of acid-based dermal fillers is usually the only treatment required for our clients to achieve the desired look. At Plateroti Center for Integrative Medicine, we want to help you choose the dermal filler that is best suited for you. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.