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What Are the Advantages of Soft Tissue Fillers?

Soft tissue fillers, commonly referred to as dermal fillers, are absorbable or temporary substances for cosmetic facial enhancement. In minimally invasive treatment sessions, soft tissue fillers can temporarily restore a more vibrant and youthful facial appearance. As men and women age, there is a natural diminishing of subcutaneous fat in the face. While this volume loss typically occurs gradually, expression lines and facial depressions can become more visible as the natural fat between the facial muscles and the surface of the skin steadily decreases.

Soft tissue fillers can be an exceptional rejuvenative solution to the development of facial lines and volume loss. While plastic surgery provides more long-term cosmetic enhancement, soft tissue fillers are a non-surgical alternative that can achieve natural-looking volume replacement without the need for anesthesia or excessive downtime. Many fillers, such as hyaluronic acid-based JUVÉDERM® and Restylane®, are composed of naturally-occurring substances in the body, and therefore require no allergy testing. Depending on the type of filler utilized, the results can last from several months to several years. Many patients achieve an array of cosmetic goals with soft tissue fillers, including:

  • Plumper lips
  • Improved definition in facial contours
  • Diminished appearance of “marionette lines,” “smoker’s lines,” and nasolabial folds
  • Volume enhancement in hollow or sunken facial areas, such as the cheeks or under the eyes
  • Volume enhancement along the jawline to diminish the appearance of jowls
  • Improved appearance of recessed scars
  • Hand rejuvenation

With so many categories of soft tissue fillers and their respective products, it can be difficult to ascertain which filler would be most effective in fulfilling your aesthetic goals without an examination first. However, a thorough discussion of your unique concerns during a consultation and skin evaluation can easily determine the most ideal dermal filler to provide your desired cosmetic enhancement.

—Lawrence Tong, MD, FACS, FRCS

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