September 12th 2018 - General Public
Facial fillers, such as Restylane, Juvederm, and Belotero, among others, are proven to improve the appearance of tear trough deformities, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to approve a gel filler for such indication. Restylane products are licensed for wrinkle correction and volume loss but not for under eye injection. Since it’s not illegal to use FDA-approved products off-label, many cosmetic surgeons use Restylane to correct tear trough problems, including dark under eyes, eye bags, and tear trough hollowing.
There are many research trials and clinical evidence supporting the off-label usage of Restylane and other hyaluronic acid fillers for tear trough injection. In one study, patients who were treated with HA filler were assessed after one, six, and 12 months to evaluate the presence of gel filler in the treated areas. The most interesting thing is that after an ultrasound evaluation, the authors found that some fillers remain present in the ...
September 11th 2018 - General Public
As we age, many new lines form in the skin that may not have been present when we were young. One area that is particularly affected by lines and wrinkles due to the aging process is the mouth region, and one of the most commonly treated imperfection in the mouth area are the marionette lines. The marionettes lines are the lines that run vertically from the corner of the mouth along the chin, down to the jawline. As the name suggests, they resemble the obvious lines on the chin of marionette dolls. However, the lines on human can contribute to a prematurely aged appearance, or can make individuals look tired or unhappy.
Why do marionette lines form?
There are many contributing factors to the formation of marionette lines. One contributing cause is repeated facial movements and expressions in the lip and mouth area—this is one of the reasons why smokers may be more susceptible to these lines, as they are often pursing their lips. Exposure to sun and harsh environments ...
September 10th 2018 - General Public
Smile lines and laugh lines, which are often used interchangeably, refer to the lines around the mouth that appear when we smile, and which often become permanent as we age. Smile lines are often also referred to as parenthesis, though they are actually called nasolabial folds. When we’re young, these lines only appear as our face is in motion—making an expression such as a smile—and then disappear again once our face is at rest. However, these lines start to become permanent as we get older and the skin becomes frailer.
What causes smile lines and laugh lines?
As the skin ages and produces less collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, the skin in this area is not able to maintain the smooth appearance. The skin because looser, drier, and weaker when the production of these essential substances slows down, making the skin more susceptible to the permanent formation of smile lines. There are a number of factors that can contribute to the premature appearance of s ...