As we age, hyaluronic acid slowly dissipates from the skin – fine lines, wrinkles and a less youthful look develop. Problem areas include deeper lines around the nose and mouth, especially lateral to the nose, fine vertical lip lines, and marionette lines radiating from the corner of the mouth. These lines may make a person appear sad when they are not.
Dermal fillers, or injectable gels such as Juvederm and Belotero, can add missing volume with hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring compound in the human body including the skin. A small fine needle is used to inject the dermal filler under the skin to plump up the deeper folds, smooth out the fine lines, and restore a more youthful look. The effects may be dramatic and usually last six to nine months.