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For over a century, physicians have been developing ways to restore volume and structure to aging skin using a variety of approaches including paraffin, silicone and collagen injections. In the 1930s, researchers discovered a natural substance in the body that they named hyaluronic acid, and they found that it plays a key role in numerous areas of the body including the maintenance of skin volume and hydration, eye volume and shape and joint lubrication and cushioning.
In the decades since, numerous therapeutic and aesthetic uses have been developed for this versatile natural substance. In 2003, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first hyaluronic dermal filler for the correction of facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (the folds running from the sides of the bottom of the nose to the outer corners of the mouth). Today, hyaluronic based dermal fillers are the fastest growing non-invasive aesthetic procedure in the United States, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
The triple combination of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid provides structure, elasticity and volume to the skin and contributes to its overall appearance. As the skin ages and is exposed to environmental pollutants and sun, the cells lose the ability to produce hyaluronic acid. As a result, the skin begins to lose volume, often resulting in the formation of facial wrinkles. Dermal fillers are used by physicians to help temporarily replace lost hyaluronic acid and to restore skin volume.
The 'Next Generation' Hyaluronic Dermal Filler
Juvederm dermal filler, approved by the FDA in June 2006, contains the highest concentration of cross-linked hyaluronic acid of any dermal filler currently available. These attributes provide optimal results with a single treatment of Juvederm in the majority of patients and deliver sustained results for up to six months or longer.
In addition, Juvederm dermal filler is the only hyaluronic acid dermal filler developed using a technologically advanced manufacturing process that results in a smooth gel that flows easily into the skin, creating a smooth, natural look and feel.