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Understanding HA Dermal Fillers: The Science Behind HA Fillers

Understanding HA Dermal Fillers: The Science Behind HA Fillers
Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers have been gaining popularity over the last decade. In fact, in 2005, HA fillers accounted for over 92% of all dermal filler treatments in the United States. The ease of administration, their superior effectiveness, and impressive safety profile all contributed to their popularity. In this article, we will discuss about the rheology, pharmacology, and applications of hyaluronic acid-based fillers. We will also discuss about the regulations that govern the use of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, as well as their physical characteristics. At the same time, we will consider other classes of dermal fillers that are commonly used. By providing a background to hyaluronic acid fillers, we hope to promote safe and judicious use of dermal fillers. Pharmacology of hyaluronic acid fillers Hyaluronic acid in the body Found naturally in the extracellular matrix, hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan (GAG) polymer that contains repeat disaccharide units o ...

Sculptra vs Radiesse

Sculptra vs Radiesse
With so many different fillers available, patients no longer have to rely on surgical interventions—which tend to be invasive and risky. The most popular type of modern filler is the synthetic hyaluronic acid-based filler (such as Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero). Other fillers made of poly-L-lactic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite, such as Sculptra and Radiesse, are also becoming popular due to the long-lasting results. Sculptra and Radiesse Containing calcium hydroxylapatite as its active ingredient, Radiesse is most often used for the treatment of moderate to severe wrinkles and folds (including nasolabial folds). Radiesse has also obtained FDA approval for the treatment of aging-related volume loss in the backs of the hands. Apart from the hands, Radiesse can be used on other body parts for contouring and augmentation. This includes the lips, chin, and cheeks. The highly versatile filler is supplied as an injectable implant. Sculptra is formulated with poly- ...

Professional Tips for Lip Augmentation

Professional Tips for Lip Augmentation
Lip augmentation is a challenging aesthetic procedure that requires a thorough understanding of the aging process. In addition, practitioners need to be familiar with the lip anatomy in order to create appealing and attractive lips. They should also be aware of the desirable anatomical features in the “ideal” lips. The treatment outcomes are affected by a number of factors such as the amount and type of the filler, the unique anatomy of patients and the injection technique. To ensure optimal results, doctors should recognize and overcome the challenges related to lip augmentation while respecting the anatomy. In this article, we will discuss about the anatomical considerations for lip augmentation. We will also discuss about the patient selection process. Analyzing the anatomical features of a youthful lip The upper lip of young Caucasians is typically narrower compared to the lower lip. The ideal upper lip to lower lip ratio is around 40:60. For patie ...