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     When we're born, we have these lovely little things called "fat pads" which give our faces support and structure.  Our skin and facial muscles enjoy the benefit of layering on top of these cushions in our youth!  We all know about these fat pads as "baby fat" but we don't appreaciate them for what they truly are: the buttresses of our face. 

     Unfortunately, like many other parts of our body these fat pads weren't designed to survive into our 80s.  Instead, we start to lose them by approximately 1 teaspoon/year after the age of 35.  What is left also starts to get pulled down the face by this lovely thing we call gravity.  This loss and descent is accelerated in some of us by sun exposure, weight loss, physical activity, etc.  The end result is that the support of the muscles and skin is lost.  Our skin starts to sag and our faces start to look deflated.  Those cheeks our grandmother's used to pinch shrink down and fall down, becoming those jowls that we all love to hate.  

     Lucky for us, dermal fillers exist people!  Dermal fillers are a group of injectable substances that can be places strategically in the face to replace the lost fat pads of our youth.  The most commonly used fillers are called HA fillers (Restylane and Juvederm) because they are made of a sugar found naturally in skin called hyaluronic acid.  There are lots of different HA fillers which vary in how dense/strong or soft/pliable they are, and these different HA fillers are used in different ways on the face as a result.

     We've been trained to be afraid of fillers because there are practitioners (especially in the past) that use them to fill lips and lines in a way that looks "over done".  Dr. Berger's mission is to convince you that fillers are an opportunity to look fresh and "untouched".  When done right, fillers shouldn't be noticable at all!  Dr. Berger focuses on using dermal fillers to replace what was lost, rather than to change the unique beauty that is there.  The result is simple, it's you!

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