Everything you need to know about dermal fillers

Dermal fillers have become a very popular cosmetic procedure for those who want to achieve smooth, youthful look

They are designed to help remove the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reducing the visible signs of ageing.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are small hyaluronic acid injections, Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan, it is a clear, gooey substance that is naturally produced by your body. The largest amounts of it are found in your skin, connective tissues and the eyes. Its main function is to retain water to keep your tissues moist and well lubricated. It can be used to fill in wrinkles, creases and folds on your face, When Injected into the dermis layer of the skin

The most common areas treated are

· Nose to mouth lines (the nasolabial folds)

· between the eyebrows (the glabella lines)

· Lips (adding volume and shape)

Are there different types of dermal fillers?

There are two main types. Each one provides different benefits and are best suited to certain skin types.

Hyaluronic acid: This is a natural substance found in the eyes, joints and skin. I is capable of holding up to 1000x its weight in water, Hyaluronic facial fillers help to plump, maintain shape and hydrate the skin.

Poly-Caprolactone (PCl) fillers: This is a popular filler because it can help naturally stimulate collagen when injected into the facial area.

How do dermal fillers work?

From around the age of 25, our collagen and elastin levels (this is what helps keep skin looking young) begin to decline, causing a loss of volume.

Dermal fillers ( Hyaluronic acid) are naturally-occurring acids that are produced by your body, a synthetically manufactured hyaluronic acid is injected into the dermis with a fine needle to add plumpness and restore lift. It helps replenish the natural collagen and elastin, which can be in decline because of the ageing process and rejuvenates the skin to make it appear firmer, younger and fresher.

How long do dermal fillers last?

The effects usually last between six to twelve months, this depends on how your body reacts and which type of filler is used. Everybody is different and the results along with the lasting effects vary from each individual.

Once your desired look is achieved, it’s usually advisable to have regular top-up treatments to maintain it.

Hyaluronic acid fillers are naturally broken down by the body after approximately six to twelve months, so the effects normally fade away.

What is the difference between Botox and dermal filler?

Dermal fillers are injected below wrinkles to plump and smooth skin for a more youthful look.

Botox freeze the small muscles in the treated area to prevent them from making the movements which cause the wrinkles.

Can dermal fillers be dissolved, if I am not happy with the results ?

In most cases, minor adjustments can be made to provide better balance or improve the overall appearance.

However If you're not totally happy with the results , an enzyme can be injected to help dissolve hyaluronic acid fillers.

Is dermal filler treatment painful ?

As with any needle procedure, they may be some slight discomfort whilst the dermal filler treatment is being carried out.

A topical Anaesthetic cream is applied before treatment to create a numbing effect and this helps to alleviate any pain.

Are Dermal fillers suitable for everybody?

Although dermal fillers are regarded as a safe aesthetic procedure, they may not suitable for:

  • Breastfeeding mums

  • Pregnant women

  • People with an autoimmune disease

Do dermal fillers have any side effects?

Possible swelling and redness may be experienced, Itching, possible bruising and slight tenderness may also occur in the injected areas.

These are natural reactions, which should last a few hours but no more than a few days

Is there anything that I should avoid following treatment?

Anyone who has any dermal fillers treatment should avoid:

  • Wearing makeup or products – for 12 hours

  • Alcohol, aspirin and ibuprofen - for 24 hours

  • Sunbed treatments, saunas & steam rooms - for 48 hours

  • Rubbing or massaging treated area – for 14 days ( may cause unevenne Strenuous physical exercise and activities – for 48 hours

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