“Hyaluronic acid” is the magic phrase on the lips of medical marketers recently. A natural component of collagen, the matrices of fibers that give youthful skin its perk, hyaluronic acid has been isolated as one of the key weapons in fighting the effects of facial aging. The hyaluronic acid-based facial fillers Restylane® and Perlane® have already amassed quite a following for their ability to temporarily fill the deep wrinkles around the nose (nasal labial folds) and mouth (oral commissures or marionette lines) of facial rejuvenation patients.
According to information published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the newer versions of the aforementioned dermal fillers offer expanded benefits to patients as technology improves. Manufactured using Hylacross™ technology, the newer gel versions of Restylane® and Perlane® boast improved consistency and longevity of the products. Original version of the dermal fillers were created using a process called “sieving” which forced the material through a rough filter of sorts during production, and often left some textural inconsistencies that increased instances of a bumpy appearance after injection.
Similarly, the results of the thicker, more stable gel versions of the products plump the injection areas longer than their original versions. Because of the products’ increased consistencies, the body takes more time to break-down and absorb the material. Besides fighting wrinkles longer, the thinker gel also makes treatments more flexible: allowing qualified surgeons and injectors to manipulate the malleable material for more precise placement and wrinkle filling.
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