Aging is a complex process that involves interaction of several genetic and environmental factors. A part of it is dictated by our genes over which we have little control (yet), but a big part of aging process is the result of what our body faces in day to day life over years – diet and lifestyle choices, stress, and sun exposure.
No matter what the causes are, the aging involves certain changes in our skin hallmarked by damage and loss of connective tissue of the skin. Collagen and elastin – molecular strands that provide tensile and elastic support for skin – are lost or deranged, and hyaluronic acid – a water-retaining gel that provides volume and plumpness to the skin – is diminished. Other important components such as healthy blood vessels and cells such as fibroblasts (which are eventually responsible for making new collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid) are also lost or become gradually inefficient as we age.
We can use an example to better illustrate the contribution of collagen and hyaluronic acid to healthy, rejuvenated skin. Think of tires of your car. Collagen and other components of extracellular matrix are similar to the wall of the tire, and hyaluronic acid acts like the air inside the tire. For the tire to function properly, the wall (collagen) should be intact and it should also be properly inflated (hyaluronic acid). Failure or loss of either one is enough to cause a deflated tire in our example, or an aged face, with wrinkles, deep lines, prominent bony features, dropped cheeks and more.
Aging does not happen overnight, and there are many things we can do to slow or reverse the process. Dermal fillers are among the most effective treatments that when used skillfully by your doctor, can restore and replenish collagen and hyaluronic acid. The results can often be seen instantaneously and right after injection for some fillers, while some other fillers work their magic more gradually.
Here is a run down of common fillers that can be used for reversing the effects of aging process:
At Amoderm, we offer various types of fillers including the ones mentioned here. All our filler injections are performed by licensed experienced physician using FDA-approved medication, and whenever possible, we perform injections using micro cannula for less bruising and discomfort.
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