What Exactly are Dermal Fillers?
The passing of years means that life, aging, and exposure to the sun, all combine to result in a change in the dermis layer of our skin. The dermis is the layer of skin between the epidermis and our subcutaneous tissues, and is made up of structural components that include collagen and elastic fibers, and a substance called hyaluronic acid.
Collagen is a protein that is the major support of skin. The elastic fibers, also called elastin, helps skin stay firm, resisting permanent wrinkling. Hyaluronic acid is there to add volume and shape to the skin by trapping water.
With aging comes a gradual loss of those three major skin components, and our smooth, full youthful look begins to diminish.
Dermal fillers work by being injected under the skin to replace the loss of elasticity and volume, allowing a more natural youthful look. Wrinkles smooth out, hollow cheeks become fuller, and those deep folds from the nose to the corners of the mouth are softer.
Non animal-based dermal fillers came on the world market with the introduction of Restylane in 1996. Prior to that time, dermal fillers were made of animal products such as a patient’s own body fat, silicone, whose safety was often questioned and collagen which was bovine derived.
Restylane is an example of a dermal filler that is made of man-made hyaluronic acid. Since hyaluronic acid is also a naturally occurring substance in the human body, this type of dermal filler not only produces a more natural look, but also has a rare incidence of allergic reactions and requires no skin test prior to using.
Although treatments by dermal fillers such as Restylane and Perlane are not permanent, they offer a non-surgical anti-aging alternative to surgical face-lifts that consist of simple injections and that have minimal downtime, with the result of a natural, youthful appearance.
Restylane and Perlane are currently offering a manufacturer’s rebate special for a savings of up to $360. This limited-time offer is valid February 1, 2012 through March 31, 2012.