Mirror, Mirror

Posted on February 7, 2013 by Dr Elenora Fedoneko

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall – when did I get those jowls??” Well, that’s not exactly what the vain and jealous Queen asked her magical mirror, daily. But with a little derma filler, it would have been a lot easier to get rid of the jowls than do away with Snow White.

Of course, the Queen had no idea what a derma filler was. Or why it’s needed. Or where. Do you? Are you sure? Let’s explore one of the major medical break-throughs that has literally changed the “face” of modern cosmetic dermatology.

While “wrinkles, crinkling fine lines and crow’s feet” are among the first things people think of to describe the aging process, there are other factors that might be even more telling. Over time.

Loss of facial volume, especially around the eyes, changing fat deposits and tissues responding to the inevitable pull of gravity and ligaments that lose elasticity are among a few of the changes that ultimately alter the fullness and youthful contours of your face.

These aging processes may result in the “hollows” under your eyes or in your lower cheek area. They may create the fatty deposits at the lowest points of your face that create the appearance of jowls. Or they might create folds or creases in the “Marionette” lines that run from your nostrils to the corners of your mouth (which, BTW, may suddenly seem to turn downward rather than keeping that “bow-like” appearance).

Ah, if the wicked Queen only knew what we know now.

In 1996, Restylane was the first “injectable filler” on the market. It was also the first hyaluronic acid filler to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for injection into facial tissue for cosmetic purposes. If not exactly the “Fountain of Youth,” it’s, surely, hailed as the first running stream in the process. Its results were so remarkable, that by 2010, it’s estimated to have been used in over 11 million treatments, worldwide.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that is already present in the human body and, therefore, very compatible and easily accepted into your own body. It even works with your body’s own moisture to create the long-lasting volume that your doctor places in the strategic areas where you need it most.

So – how does the treatment take place? How long does it take? How long will it last? Is it painful? Are there any side effects? Is there any down time? Is Restylane easily accessible in the L.A. area? How do you select the right doctor or practitioner?

Those are a few of the most asked questions; but you don’t need a magic Mirror to get the answers. Visit us again soon.

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Dr. Fedonenko is a member of the American College of Physicians and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

She completed her Residency at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1998 and has since specialized in Cosmetic Dermatology.

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