Outside of Botox, hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are one of the most highly requested non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
In fact, of the more than 750 AAFPRS surgeons who answered questions about the non-surgical procedures they performed in 2012, hyaluronic acid fillers accounted for almost 29 percent of them.
Dr. Edward Buckingham is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist who specializes in facial rejuvenation. Learn more about the cosmetic fillers he uses in his Austin, Texas, office.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
As the building blocks of cells, particularly cells in connective tissues, hyaluronic acid is produced within the membrane of certain cells and fibroblasts. Once produced it travels to the lymph nodes and throughout the circulatory system. As it travels through the body, hyaluronic acid helps protect your tissue from damage, earning it the reputation as being a key to the “fountain of youth.”
How Hyaluronic Acid Fillers Work
Dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid work in two ways. First, they add volume to the tissue below the skin by attracting water into the tissue. This helps smooth lines and wrinkles. Because hyaluronic acid is found in your body naturally, there is no risk of allergic reaction. This makes these dermal fillers a safer, more popular option than collagen injections that contain collagen taken from cows.
Popular Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers
Clients who come to Dr. Buckingham have five hyaluronic acid filler options. Belotero is one of them. It’s a popular option for patients who want to improve the appearance of fine lines around the mouth or the nose. Generally, you can expect improvements to last for half a year.
Juvederm filler is ideal for filling in facial lines and improving the appearance of lip lines. Juvederm injectable gel can also be used to add volume to areas that have lost their fullness with aging. The benefits of this dermal filler last approximately 12 months.
The next of the hyaluronic acid fillers offered at Buckingham Center is Restylane Lyft, a member of the Restylane line of fillers. Restylane Lyft works the same as the other dermal fillers, but this one is best for easing the appearance of lines, filling in scars to make them less visible, and augmenting a weak chin or lips. The improvements last for about six months.
Restylane is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler with a lifespan of about nine months in the perioral area and about 18 months in the area around the eyes. Restylane injections are popular for adding volume to thin lips, filling in hollows under the eyes, and improving the appearance of wrinkles.
Finally, Juvederm Voluma is a long-lasting injectable smooth gel filler composed of cross-linked hyaluronic acid. Voluma is an injection into the cheek area for the purpose of restoring lost volume in the mid-face.
Voluma is effective in all three areas of the cheek: the apex, apple, and hollow. When used correctly, Juvederm Voluma has the potential to show continued results for up to 2 years, much longer than with other hyaluronic acid fillers
View before and after pictures of patients who underwent hyaluronic acid fillers at Buckingham Center. Filler injections take little time to do, and you’re back to your normal activities right after your appointment.
Before undergoing the dermal filler injections, you need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Buckingham at his Austin facial plastic surgery practice. This gives you the opportunity to ask questions and find out what injectable best meets your needs. Call (512) 401-2500 to arrange this meeting.