How Cosmetic Fillers Work

Boxes of Restylane

Many people are already aware of some of the more basic things they can do to improve the look of aging skin. These include the use of anti-wrinkle creams, wearing sunscreen, and even having procedures done to reduce the muscle movement in the face. One of the more effective ways to capture the youthful look that so many people are after is the use of cosmetic fillers. They work by plumping up the skin from the deeper layers, where topical treatments can’t reach. Some fillers, such as Restylane, use hyaluronic acid to do this. This substance is present in youthful skin and accounts for much of the volume that is associated with a fresh, well-rested appearance.

As you age, several things are happening to your skin. Elasticity is lost, the skin becomes thinner and loses suppleness, and deep folds and wrinkles develop. Your body simply doesn’t produce hyaluronic acid as easily, which can result in a tired or worn out appearance. While applying hyaluronic acid topically can help moisturize the skin, it can’t reach the deeper layers under the skin where it’s important to restore volume. This is where fillers come in.

Whether you want to fill in the cheeks to fight the effects of gravity, or reduce the depth of the nasolabial folds (the lines that travel from the nose to the mouth), you can achieve both with a filler such as Restylane. You can also give more volume to the lips, all while looking natural. You can discuss these types of goals with your doctor, who will address any questions you have and make sure you understand your options so that you get the best result possible.