Juvederm, Restylane & Belotero
Hyaluronic Acid as a dermal filler has become a huge component of cosmetic surgery and skin care. There are a variety of products which come from different sources or have different preparations, with some variability in durability (Restylane®, Perlane®, Juvederm®, Hylaform®, Reviderm Intra®, AcHyal®). Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan which is a normal component of skin and the human body and is important in skin hydration. Its presence attracts water, thickening skin in the area of injection. Since it is a naturally occurring substance, an allergic reaction to hyaluronic acid is not possible although it is possible to have an allergic reaction to a preservative in a particular product. Hyaluronic acids are thin liquids which are easy to inject and are ready off the shelf. Hyaluronic acid products are frequently used for fine wrinkles, perioral creases, lips, and smile lines by injecting in the mid-dermis. Topical anesthetic or field blocks are frequently used, but now this product is available pre-mixed with lidocaine. The major uses Dr. Park likes hyaluronic acid for are small wrinkle filling especially around the mouth, conservative lip filling to blunt wrinkles, and minor depressions.
Belotero® is a unique dermal filler approved by the FDA that seamlessly integrates with your skin and adapts to your facial contours, therefore plumps and adds volume to your face.