Research Reveals How Skin Fillers Stimulate Collagen Production

Demand for minimally invasive procedures including Botox, Restylane and other injectable fillers continues to be strong in the United States and abroad, even more so in the wake of the economic recession.

Soft tissue injectables are not only effective for getting rid of wrinkles, reducing the appearance of fine lines and plumping up the skin, but can also help to improve the appearance of aging and sun-damaged skin by making the skin appear more resilient and smooth.

At this year’s American Academy of Dermatology Meeting, dermatologist Dana L. Sachs, MD, FAAD, associate professor in the department of dermatology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan presented findings of a study that demonstrated how certain types of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can stimulate collagen production and help to repair the skin. These may be some of the known side effects of certain fillers, and can help some patients achieve a more youthful look after a single treatment.

Structural damage to the skin is one of the most significant effects of the aging process, and the breakdown of collagen and elastin only increases at a steady rate as the individual ages. The common effects of aging include fine lines, skin laxity and pigmentation. Advanced stages of photoaging result in coarse wrinkles, redness and discoloration of sun-exposed skin. Some types of tissue fillers may be effective at changing the skin’s structure, reducing the effects of fragmentation and helping the tissues regenerate higher levels of collagen which creates a smooth and healthy appearance.

Dr. Sachs reports, “from a clinical standpoint, dermatologists know that soft tissue fillers work by restoring volume loss and smoothing wrinkles in aging and sun-damaged skin…the biochemical study of cross-linked hyaluronic acid conducted by researchers set out to explain what takes place at the molecular level to account for the observed clinical improvements.” (Source: Medical News Today)

Further Reading

  • Khloe Kardashian made headlines recently after the paparazzi caught her with the infamous “trout pout” – the result of too many injectable fillers in the lips. Kim Kardashian’s younger sister appeared to have some very swollen and lumpy lips after leaving a Beverly Hills salon last week and many are suspecting that that star had cosmetic surgery. Celebrity plastic surgery doctor Dr. Anthony Youn did not treat Khloe Kardashian but believes that the star did have some type of injectable filler. He tells, “Khloe has a trout pout! The excessively plump appearance of her lips could be due to injections of a filler like Juvederm. Her upper lip is larger than her lower lip, causing her mouth to resemble a trout’s. Most injectable fillers last about 6 months in the lips, so given enough time we may see her lips shrink to a smaller and more typical size.” Another plastic surgery doctor, Dr. Michael Fiorellio who is based in New York City, made a similar conclusion. He suspects that Khloe had some type of filler treatment because, “Her lips look swollen and bruised. The product looks lumpy as well”. Dr. Fiorellio is suggesting that this Kardashian sister had either Juvederm or Restylane injections to make her lips appear larger and fuller. Injectable fillers are among the most popular types of non-invasive cosmetic enhancements around the country, and are an attractive option for women who want to add volume to their lips, fill out hollows in their cheeks, and diminish the appearance of wrinkles and lines. They’re also more affordable than having surgery and can be a convenient option for those who don’t want to deal with the long downtime and recovery process associate with a surgical procedure like lip implants or a facelift.

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  • Rumors suggest that Lady Gaga has a lip augmentation procedure recently, and a nose job at some point in her career. A recent photo she tweeted of herself in a Melbourne hotel room revealed somewhat swollen lips that could have been the result of a lip augmentation procedure.