Understanding Facial Fillers: The Role of Hyaluronic Acid

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Hyaluronic acid fillers are a hot topic today. From “mommy & me” groups to mainstream media, everyone seems to be getting their lips plumped and their nasiolabial folds and deep creases filled in.

Did you catch the trending hashtag #KylieJennerChallenge in April? Apparently, teens across the country began using a shot glass and some old-fashioned suction to create fuller lips. Unfortunately, some girls were hurt in the process, which caused Kylie Jenner herself to speak out.

Facial fillers offer amazing benefits because they fill in and plump where volume has been lost or where wrinkles have set in. Here is the scoop on the secrets to how facial fillers really work.


Lip Plumping & Augmentation

Lips can get thinner over time as part of the aging process. However, some women are simply born with thin lips. For both types of candidates, lip plumping with fillers is a great option to get that perfect pout.

Hyaluronic acid fillers (HA) are ideal for lip augmentation because it is a soft material that offers very natural looking and natural feeling results. The material is injected into the lips in just the right areas to give each person exactly the shape and volume they desire.

Hyaluronic acid fillers are especially ideal because this substance is naturally occurring in the body. Your soft connective tissues (ligaments), some cartilage, and joint fluid contain high concentrations. Results can last up to one year.

HA products that we prefer at James Christian Cosmetics includes:

  • Juvéderm®
  • Perlane®
  • Restylane®


Cheek Volume Restoration

With the aging process also comes the breakdown of facial fat, especially in the cheeks. This can result in hollowing of the cheek area as well as loss of the appearance of cheekbones. This can make someone look much older than they are.

Again, hyaluronic acid is the preferred substance we use for the cheeks. However, not just any type of HA will work. Specifically approved by the FDA for use in the apples of the cheeks, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC injectable gel is what I use in our offices to restore lost cheek volume. This product also contains lidocaine for comfort during injections. Results can last up to two years.


Wrinkles, Folds & Creases

Some facial fillers offer different substances than HA. Some, for example, are first injected into the face so that the treated areas produce collagen on their own over a period of weeks. It is at that time that the “filler” effect begins to be noticeable.

For any part of the face, including wrinkles, folds, and creases, fat transfer is an excellent option for most patients. First, a mini-liposuction procedure is performed (usually on the abdomen). Then, the fat is purified in the office and injected directly into the desired areas for 100% natural, instant results.

Facial fat transfer is especially popular with patients who are allergic to one of the ingredients found in typical facial fillers on the market. This is because the body will not reject its own fat when injected into the face. Results can last for several years.


Acne & Scar Treatment

Many types of facial fillers used today, including fat transfer, that are suitable for filling in deep scars or pitting left from acne, surgery, or traumatic injury. If you are prone to keloid scarring, be sure to tell your expert injector beforehand so that this condition can be discussed prior to treatment. Length of results will vary based upon the type of filler used.


Expert Facial Fillers in NYC & Long Island at James Christian Cosmetics

Choosing an expert with over a decade of experience will ensure that you’re getting the highest quality injectables in the safest way possible with the very best results. I’m here to help you with just that.

Call me today for your first customized treatment and see how I can make “Your Beauty. Your Image.” a reality for you. Call 1-844-i-Botox-Now to book your next appointment with me, James Christian, RPA-C.


To a Beautifully Radiant You,





*JUVÉDERM® mark owned by Allergan Industrie, SAS.

*Restylane® and Perlane® are registered trademarks of Galderma S.A.

*Information in this article is not medical advice and may not be factually accurate. It is intended for entertainment purposes only. Consult with a physician before attempting any tips in this blog post and to get the most up to date factual data about any procedure or treatment.