At Restore Medi Spa, we use hyaluronic acid (HA) based fillers. HA is a carbohydrate (polysaccharide) that naturally occurs in the human body and provides moisture, plumpness and fullness to the skin. It does this via binding with and absorbing water to any given area. As we age this carbohydrate decreases. HA is commonly used in the cosmetic industry to reduce wrinkles and lines and rejuvenate the skin. It is also used for other purposes such as providing cushioning in the joints for disorders such as osteoarthritis.
Aside from the improved visual changes in appearance, hyaluronic acid fillers also cause more elasticity in the skin and make it feel softer. There are low and high cross-linked dermal fillers. The former usually last 3-6 months and the latter can last 6-12 months or even longer. On average dermal fillers will last 4-8 months, therefore follow up treatments are recommended around every 6-12 months.