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Dermal Fillers Can Make Your Skin Act Younger

skin-act-younger-dermal-fillers-new-studyA new study from the University of Michigan has found that dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid (like Restylane and Juvederm) may actually play a larger role in the anti-aging process than we originally thought.  The study consisted of 21 people in their 80's, who volunteered to have hyaluronic acid filler injected into their buttocks.  The filler was injected into the extracellular matrix (the area surrounding the skin cells) in hopes of discovering how the skin would respond.  Interestingly, influencing the extracellular matrix caused the skin cells themselves to produce more collagen and the skin eventually became thicker and healthier.  This simple treatment made the skin act younger, even in an elderly population. Dr. Schweiger explains that, "This is an exciting study, because it opens our eyes to the fact that influencing the extracellular matrix of cells may be an effective way of providing an anti-aging effect on the skin.  More research is necessary, but this could eventually change the method by which we used hyaluronic acid fillers.  Presently, we primarily use these dermal fillers to fill in deep folds on the face and add volume to areas of the face where volume has been lost over time.  If it is proven in further studies that dermal fillers can improve the collagen and elastin in the skin, we may someday combine these treatments with laser resurfacing and other collagen-stimulating treatments, in order to produce the ultimate anti-aging treatment to make the skin act younger." Click here to read more about this new study on dermal fillers.
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