As we age, collagen and elasticity begin to diminish, causing our skin to lose the natural plumpness and firmness that make us look young. That’s why Dale Bartolome, MD and the team at About Face Hawaii, in Kailua, Hawaii, offers cosmetic fillers like Juvederm® and Restylane® to help diminish fine lines and wrinkles. For more information on the anti-aging benefits of cosmetic fillers, call or book an appointment online today.

Cosmetic Fillers Q & A

What are cosmetic fillers?
Facial tissues naturally thin out and lose volume as we age, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around the face and neck. Tissues around the nose, mouth, and cheeks become hollow and may even make you look older than you actually are.

Cosmetic fillers, also called dermal fillers, are designed to fill in these gaps, lines, and wrinkles to plump up your skin and restore its natural firmness. These injectables are made up of different gel-like substances, including:

Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)
CaHA is a naturally occurring substance in the human body, typically found in bones. When used as a dermal filler, it creates a gel that both stimulates collagen production and smoothes out wrinkles for up to 12 months.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
Like CaHA, HA is also a naturally occurring substance in the body, found in the skin instead of the bones. HA fillers are soft and gel-like, and they last for about 6 to 12 months before they’re naturally absorbed into your body. What makes HA fillers unique is that they contain lidocaine, which reduces pain throughout the treatment. The two most popular HA-based cosmetic fillers are Juvederm and Restylane.

What can a cosmetic filler do for me?
If traditional skin treatments no longer produce the results you’re looking for, dermal fillers may be the ideal option for you.

Cosmetic fillers are best suited for those who want to:

  • Restore skin volume
  • Smooth fine lines
  • Reduce wrinkles
  • Plump lips
  • Minimize lip lines
  • Enhance facial symmetry

To learn more about cosmetic fillers, call About Face Hawaii or book an appointment online.