Our face changes with time. As we age, we lose volume and this leads to deeper wrinkles, deeper skin folds and sagging of the face. This is because from around the age of about 25, the amount of collagen produced in our skin starts to decrease by 1% yearly. By the time we reach our forties, collagen production reduces to the point that we don’t produce any. Coupled with this we encounter bone resorption and reduction in the production of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally within the deeper layer of the skin and helps the skin look younger and smooth by retaining water. As the repair and renewal process slows down, the damage cannot be repaired effectively causing the appearance of the skin to look and feel dehydrated and it feels like gravity has taken everything down. Areas that are mostly affected are the cheeks, temples, lips and the midface.
There are patients however who are young with no ageing signs. In these cases fillers can be used for beautification and to change face proportions which will give more angled mandibles or more feminine cheek bones as an example. Dermal fillers will replace some of the lost hydration within your skin and also replace volume under the areas of volume loss or wrinkles. With modern techniques, the effect is a subtle, fresher appearance that still looks like you. At Thames Dental & Facial Care our aim is to maintain and enhance natural beauty and maintain our natural look.