Dermal fillers are becoming progressively more popular as a means to help reverse the changes linked to aging. The goal of our Philadelphia facial aesthetics specialist, Norman Tabas, DDS, is to return your skin to its original youthful state, and dermal fillers can give a more natural appearance than surgical face lifts. At the Tabas Center for Advanced Dentistry, we are successfully using dermal fillers to reduce or eliminate wrinkles, enhance lips, correct problem areas such as lines around the mouth and eyes, raise scar depressions, and replace soft-tissue volume loss. Dermal fillers are also used to enhance existing features such as chins, jaw lines, and cheekbones, and works remarkably well as an eyebrow lift.
One extremely popular dermal filler is Juvederm. Juvederm is an injectable filler that contains hyaluronic acid, a natural complex sugar that boosts skin elasticity, delivering a smooth and supple appearance. Age depletes your body’s natural hyaluronic acid, and juvederm is biocompatible and supplements it. Juvederm is actually the umbrella name for a family of products used in our Philadelphia facial aesthetics. Juvederm Ultra is considered the regular filler while Juvederm Ultra Plus is used by Dr. Tabas to treat deeper facial folds. The effects of Juvederm Ultra Plus is known to last longer. A newly developed product that helps to restore volume to the cheeks and chin is Juvederm Voluma. Treatment areas include the deep “nasogenian” grooves, which are the folds between your cheeks and nose, and nasolabial folds, also referred to as “marionette lines” that form between the nose and outer corners of your mouth. Juvederm can also be used to enhance lip volume and for reshaping cheek contours.
Dr. Tabas injects the Juvederm gel into the mid- to deep “dermis” of your face. Dermis is the layer beneath your skin’s surface that contains connective tissue, nerve endings, blood vessels, and sweat and oil glands. Juvederm improves your skin’s appearance by lifting and adding volume to your wrinkles and folds in the treatment area. After a period of six to nine months, the biocompatible compound is absorbed into the body naturally. Another advantage to Juvederm, as part of Philadelphia facial aesthetics, is its workable gel consistency. This consistency can provide a smoother, more natural-looking appearance than some of the other dermal fillers.