Juvederm and Restylane are hyaluronic acid fillers. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced in the skin and is found between skin cells. The skin makes hyaluronic acid, breaks it down, and then builds it back up as part of an ongoing cycle.
Restylane was the first hyaluronic acid filler injected into the dermis – the thicker, deeper part of the skin – to pop the skin up and make it more rigid.
Think of your skin like concrete. If concrete doesn’t have the support of rebar, the steel bar reinforcement, it’s more likely to flex and crack, just like a line or wrinkle will appear in the skin that isn’t “reinforced.”
Juvaderm injections will give the skin added support so it doesn’t fold, making lines and wrinkles look smoother.
These treatments are often used to smooth the lines from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth, called the nasolabial folds. Those “laugh lines” around the lips (that you probably don’t find very amusing) can be treated with Juvederm injections.
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Some patients have lines and wrinkles on the sides of the mouth that make them look like they’re always frowning. Juvederm can help to turn up the corners of the mouth. Juvederm can also restore lost volume in the lips, and reduce the appearance of dark circles and hollowness under the eyes.