Soft tissue fillers are flexible substances that can be injected into the skin to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, plump lips, fill hollow cheeks, repair various facial imperfections, improve scars, and elevate deep folds. The result is a smoother, more youthful appearance with minimal downtime and maximum safety.

Aging generally causes loss of volume as the underlying collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin fibers begin to deteriorate and fat stores in the face decrease. This most commonly occurs around the eyes, mouth, cheeks, jaw line, brow, and bridge of the nose, producing "hills and valleys" on the face. Soft tissue fillers have the unique ability to fill and contour these changes. Facial scarring from acne or injury also responds well to soft tissue filler techniques.

Each filler brings subtle, distinctive benefits. Sometimes Dr Zayour uses more than one filler to achieve the best results. Some fillers provide longer-lasting results; others allow for more precision with fine lines, and still others can gradually bring the face into better balance, creating an overall rejuvenated appearance. The most common filling substances that Dr Zayour uses are:

Hyaluronic acid: This is a natural component of human skin. Several hyaluronic acid products are available, each with a special characteristic. Examples include Restylane and Juvederm.

Autologous fat: Removed by a mini liposuction procedure from other parts of the body such as the thighs, buttocks, or stomach, one's own fat is used to reduce deeper wrinkles and contour the "hills and valleys" associated with the aging face.

Injections are given in Dr Zayour's office. The filler is injected directly into the area to be treated. 1-3 treatment sessions may be necessary to fill and smooth the lines and wrinkles, or raise a depressed scar. After the procedure, there may be some swelling, redness, or minor bruising at the injection sites. This usually subsides quickly. Makeup can be applied immediately after the treatment.

This depends on the type of the filler used, the area treated, and the ability of the patient's skin to absorb the materials. Results are generally long-lasting with maintenance treatments performed may be needed sooner.

As an expert on skin aging, Dr Zayour is uniquely qualified to employ a variety of corrective and preventive techniques to keep skin looking its best. She will discuss with you alternative and complementary treatments to enhance the outcome of filler procedures.