Volumizing as opposed to wrinkle filling – Dr. Cohen spoke to the New York times about the evolution of fillers in “New Beauty Goal: Plumper Cheeks”. When fillers were first introduced more than 2 decades ago, the most commonly treated area was the nasolabial folds, more commonly known as the “smile lines” or “parentheses” extending from the nose to the corners of the mouth.
While this was effective in reducing the depth of the lines, it did not address at all the deflation and flattening of the cheeks. Therefore, the lines looked smoother, but patients did not necessarily look younger. Over years of injectable filler experience, Dr. Cohen notes that by replacing the areas of lost volume, the smile lines are indirectly improved and with a much more natural cosmetic result. He explains this can also provide a subtle lift to the corners of the mouth.
Volume loss is due to a combination of factors including loss of fat associated with aging or rigorous exercise, loss of skin collagen, genetics, gravity, and loss of underlying bony support. Products with the ability to lift such as Restylane Lyft, Radiesse, and Voluma are most often used to achieve a natural-looking result. It is important to trust a physician with years of experience and up-to-date injection technique to maintain a balanced, subtle, and natural rejuvenation.