Wrinkles are caused by loss of vital components in the lower level of the skin called the dermis.
There is no way to topically replace the building blocks of the dermis (collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid). There are, however, quite a few products - known collectively as dermal fillers - that dermatologists can inject into the dermis to temporarily restore your skin's volume and minimize the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and scars.
Are you shocked to learn that the first precursor of today's procedures was performed in 1893, when a doctor first took fat from a patient's arm and injected it into facial defects?
Dermal fillers are becoming more accessible, affordable, and natural-looking every day. Let's consider a few of the most popular fillers on the market (and keep in mind that many doctors use these products in combination to achieve the desired results):
Perlane was just approved by the FDA and will be on the market soon. Others fillers are coming as well so stay tuned for updates.
Wishing you great skin!
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Dr. Baumann is author of the best-selling book, " The Skin Type Solution." To learn more about her revolutionary skin typing system, visit her Web site, SkinTypeSolutions.com.
All of Dr. Baumann's recommended skin care products are available online, and a portion of proceeds goes to The Dermatology Foundation.