In may patients who have mild to moderate volume loss, dermal fillers, or injectables, are used instead of fat in order to restore volume and fill in facial furrows. By plumping up fine lines and wrinkles, a more natural and youthful appearance is obtained. Commonly used dermal fillers for rejuvenating the eyelid area include Restylane, Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse
Since their introduction, injectables and dermal fillers have become a widely accepted means of maintaining youth, and slowing down the aging hands of time. Many patients favor injectables because of their lower associated costs and faster recovery.
Dermal Fillers - How They Work
Dermal fillers work by plumping up the area around the injection site. Different fillers do this in different ways, but the ultimate result is that the skin around the injection site looks fuller giving your face a more youthful appearance. A basic over view of the skin and its function will help you to understand this better.
Our skin consists of 2 layers: the epidermis and the dermis. The uppermost layer, the epidermis, serves as a protective layer. It controls the loss of water from the cells and tissue and serves as a barrier to the external environment. Just below the epidermis is the dermis. The dermis contains the structural elements of the skin such as blood vessels, nerves and hair follicles. Protein forms a network of fibers that provide a framework for the growth of cells and blood vessels. Because it’s the primary component of the dermis, collagen acts as a support for the skin, giving the skin its strength and elasticity.
Over time, aging thins the upper layer of skin, the epidermis, decreasing its ability to serve as a barrier to retain water. Additionally, the body’s production of collagen slows and the existing collagen becomes less effective. Thinning epidermis and decreased collagen effectiveness lead to eye wrinkles and other signs of aging. All dermal filers act as antiaging products by reducing the effects of thinning epidermis and less-effective natural collagen.