Skin aging is inevitable. Unfortunately, in its protective role, our largest organ suffers damage from the sun, the surrounding environment, lifestyle choices, and more. Thankfully, there are steps we can take to grow older gracefully and manage signs of aging that appear. With that in mind, however, patients may be unsure as to whether they should try injectables or some other option. Since there are so many treatments available, it can be difficult to know which one to go with. Put simply, no one filler is better than the other. Individual results depend largely on the patient’s unique physiology and metabolism, as well as the skill of the injector. That said, two of the most popular choices for restoring the appearance of aging skin are the Juvéderm® family of fillers and Sculptra®. Our Zel Skin & Laser Specialists team in the Minneapolis area offers Juvéderm® filler consultations to help patients determine which wrinkle-filler is the right choice.
Later in life (but sometimes starting as early as a person’s 20s and 30s), visible signs of aging begin to show. This is because collagen, hyaluronic acid, elastin, and other molecules start to degrade faster than they are replaced in the skin. The Juvéderm® collection of fillers consists of products designed to address these specific problems. All of the fillers in the line are made with hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar molecule with a clear, viscous consistency that keeps various connective tissues throughout the body lubricated and cushioned. When Juvéderm® is injected below the skin, it takes up space there, acting as a “placeholder” for the proteins like collagen and elastin, essential oils, and moisture that have been depleted.
This filler is mainly used on the center and lower face for filling in moderated to severe creases such as nasolabial folds. JUVÉDERM® ULTRA and JUVÉDERM® ULTRA PLUS are both effective on wrinkles, but ULTRA PLUS is beneficial for more pronounced lines and hollows because of its thicker consistency.
Similar to Juvéderm®, Sculptra® is another filler intended for volumizing the skin when it has become thinner and less elastic because of aging. Its active ingredient, poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), encourages gradual collagen production to revive the structure of the skin. Although some improvement will be seen as soon as the injections are made, the skin will continue to strengthen over several months. This filler is especially beneficial for smile lines and chin dimpling.
Contact our Minneapolis-area team at Zel Skin & Laser Specialists for more information on the Juvéderm® family of fillers and other alternatives. Write us a message or call our offices at 952-929-8888 (Edina), 612-338-0711 (Minneapolis), or 952-473-1286 (Plymouth) to get started.