Restylane®, Restylane® Lyft formerly known as Perlane, Juvéderm®, and Belotero are fillers that restore the youthful contours of your face in three dimensions.
When injected, these fillers enhance volume, erase wrinkles, and augment lips. The active ingredient in each of these products is hyaluronic acid, a protein prepared from a similar protein that occurs naturally in our skin. In its natural state, hyaluronic acid surrounds collagen, a structural protein that resembles a rope in length, flexibility, and hardness. By coating collagen and other structural proteins, hyaluronic acid acts as a cushion for our skin.
JUVEDERM VOLUMATM XC, is currently the only filler approved by the FDA in the U.S. to correct volume loss in the cheek area. Results can last up to two years and there is a noticeable reduction in jowling, cheek lines, nasolabial folds and tear troughs. Dr. Taub was one of 150 national cosmetic professionals chosen to represent this brand in its early stages as it will be released to the public for cosmetic treatments December 2013. Dr. Taub has been injecting fillers in the approved cheek area for years and published her own study on how “Cheek Augmentation Improves Feelings of Facial Attractiveness” using hyaluronic acid to achieve a younger, more rejuvenated appearance.
The natural occurrence of hyaluronic acid is one of the reasons this substance is used as a filler. In fact, hyaluronic acid is used worldwide more often than any other material. It seldom causes allergic reactions and can be molded into place like putty or clay. It looks natural after injection and its effect can be reversed by simply injecting hyaluronidase, an enzyme that breaks down hyaluronic acid.
The four brands of hyaluronic acid differ in several ways. One is how the strands are cross-linked. Proteins have long strands and sometimes parts of one strand become attached, or cross-linked, to one or more other strands. When protein strands become cross-linked their effects last longer than if they were free strands. The brands of hyaluronic acid also differ in how they are manufactured and in the size of the particles. Advanced Dermatology uses only brand named products bought directly from the company.
All fillers approved by the FDA to fill the nasolabial folds (the lines that run from each side of the nose to the corners of the mouth)and Restylane is also approved for the lips. Fillers can also be used to augment the cheeks, reduce under eye dark circles and eye troughs, upper lip wrinkles, marionette lines (frown lines from the mouth to the chin), augment thin lips and hide other wrinkles. Other applications are for use in acne scars, hollow temples and earlobes.