Full cheeks, smooth skin, plump lips: Some people have them naturally, while others get a little help from their cosmetologists with dermal fillers. If you can't quite tell which category a celebrity or someone you know fits into, well, that's the point. The latest injectable treatments are easy to get (if not cheap), long lasting, and designed for subtlety. If you're curious about fillers, these are the things to know before getting pumped up
First things first: Dermal fillers aren't the same as botox. fillers smooth out skin by filling wrinkles. Most fillers are hyaluronic acid which is normal moisturizer content of body. Thanks to its ability to store moisture, hyaluronic acid is responsible for giving skin a plump, hydrated look. Once injected it can add to the natural plumping action, or replenish your body's natural production of hyaluronic acid, which diminishes as you age.
One of the reasons injectable hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers are increasingly popular is their ability to add volume and decrease wrinkles with a single visit to the doctor. Research suggests that HA injections may stimulate collagen production, leading to fresher-looking skin in the long run.
Take the lines around your mouth, for example. A decade or so ago, filler was often injected into the nasolabial folds, or laugh lines, to literally fill the wrinkles themselves. These days, the goal is to plump and lift in other parts of the face for a more natural-looking result. "As you age, your bones get thinner, and the overlying fat pads slide down," which makes the skin sag lower, causing deeper folds at the bottoms of your cheeks.