Fill Out the Holidays

Over the holidays, things can be too full. Take your stomach after the Thanksgiving dinner we just finished a few days ago. Or your house with the assortment of guests. And your to-do list at this time of year can seem to be overflowing. 

One area that you could wish was a little fuller, however, is your lower face. This is especially true as we age, and our collagen production declines. This creates areas of volume loss, and it allows lines to form. 

That makes this a perfect time to come see us at Central Valley and let Dr. Kimberly Cockerham or Dr. Ethan Tittler return a little volume with dermal filler injections. 

What’s the deal with volume loss? 

It’s a rude joke, but the more we laugh and smile, the more we develop smile and laugh lines that run from the nose down to the corners of the mouth. In fact, the more we move our mouth, we develop lines all around it. Marionette lines sag downward from the corners. Parentheses lines frame each side, like the punctuation marks. Barcode lines form above the upper. 


It’s all a factor of collagen loss. After we have our 20th birthday, our bodies produce one additional percentage point less collagen every year. By the time we’re 50 that means our bodies are producing 30 percent less collagen. Since collagen is the protein that provides structural support for the skin, it’s no wonder we start to sag and develop lines and creases in our skin. It doesn’t help that our skin also thins as we age. 

Hyaluronic acid to the rescue 

Dermal fillers can replace some of that lost volume. Juvéderm, Restylane, and Belotero all do this with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body whose job is to hydrate and plump the skin. It does this by binding with water molecules. 

When one of our dermal fillers is injected beneath a line or area of volume loss, the hyaluronic acid binds with nearby water molecules, instantly adding volume and pushing the depressed skin back upwards. 

Now’s the time 

If you want to pump up the volume and get rid of those smile or parentheses lines, now is the perfect time. That way you’ll look great for the upcoming holiday parties on your calendar. We offer various Juvéderm and Restylane products to fit the different areas of your face. We’ll discuss with you the option we think fits your needs. And, best of all, these fillers provide instant volume: no waiting around for your results as with Botox injections. 

Add some volume to your holidays. Call us at Central Valley Eye Medical Group, (800) 244-9907, to schedule a dermal filler session before your holiday parties.

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