St. Louis injectable fillers are designed to enhance the shallow contours of the face, provide a plump appearance to thin lips, reduce facial wrinkling and creases, and soften the appearance of recessed scars. Richard L. Kofkoff, M.D, uses injectable fillers in his St. Louis, Missouri cosmetic surgery practice to help his patients restore a smoother and more youthful appearance to their faces.
How Wrinkles Form
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the skin. Over time, the amount of hyaluronic acid decreases, leading to a loss of skin volume and elasticity and more wrinkles and folds. The causes of loss of fullness and elasticity of the skin can be the result of:
- Sun damage
- Lifestyle (especially smoking)
What is an Injectable Filler?
St. Louis injectable fillers are substances that are used to restore volume, add contour, and lift lines in the face. They have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of facial wrinkles and folds such as the lines that run from the nose to the corner of the mouth.
Fillers are administered through small needles injected into the skin. Local anesthesia is utilized prior to the injection. Some swelling and bruising could occur and will usually resolve quickly.
Types of Injectable Fillers
- Restylane® – Restylane® is made of stabilized hyaluronic acid. It is a natural dermal filler that contains no animal proteins and is normally produced in the human body. Restylane® has been proven to be safe for clinical use as an effective and long lasting dermal filler. It is designed to restore volume and fullness to the facial skin by reducing moderate to severe folds and wrinkles.
- Juvederm® – Juvederm® is also made of non-animal derived hyaluronic acid and is designed to aid in the reduction of wrinkles and folds. It has also been proven to be safe and effective for use by people with darkly colored skin.
If you are interested in learning more about injectable fillers in St. Louis, please contact our Missouri cosmetic surgery practice today to schedule a consultation.