If you are bothered by facial wrinkles and folds located near your nose or around the corners of your mouth (often referred to as the “nasolabial folds”) a group of injectable fillers known as hyaluronic acids may be an effective solution. These fillers can correct “parenthesis” around your mouth, “marionette” lines and “lipstick” lines. They are also effective for deepening grooves that can cause harsh, angry or sad looks. A hyaluronic acid is a clear gel that is formulated to act like the hyaluronic acid that is naturally present in your own body – which is key in hydrating the skin and keeping it youthful. As we age, environmental factors such as sunlight can reduce the amount of hyaluronic acid we produce, which in turn can contribute to aging skin.
Restylane, Perlane and Juvederm are all safe and effective FDA-approved hyaluronic acid fillers used in facial plastic cosmetic surgery practices to rejuvenate the skin.
Dr. Stephen Perkins uses all of these fillers to add fullness and volume to the area around the corners of the mouth (perioral area) and the nasolabial folds to correct moderate to deep grooves and wrinkles. By adding volume with these fillers, the wrinkles and grooves are smoothed out, resulting in a younger, more youthful look. Results are immediate.
Restylane and Perlane and can last up to 18 months depending on your personal situation. Juvederm can last up to one year.
Restylane can also be injected into the lips to give them a fuller appearance. Results typically last up to six months.
Be sure to choose a facial plastic surgeon who injects these fillers on a regular basis. It takes a great deal of skill and artistry to provide patients with natural-looking outcomes. To determine which of these is appropriate for your personal needs, contact us for a consultation.