Dermal fillers are a non surgical cosmetic treatment
that are used to treat wrinkles, scarring and other depressions in the skin. They are also used to create volume and improve the appearance of the skin in the treated area.
Dermal fillers are used on both men and women and have the effect of making us look younger and more fresh faced. As we get older the natural levels of collagen within our skin reduce, which causes our skin to lose it shape and firmness and dermal fillers aim to address these problems.
Dermal fillers can also be used for ‘facial sculpting’ to give the face a more defined appearance. Examples of this are as follows:
Enhancing the appearance of the lips: The lips can be given a ‘greater volume’ and a ‘fuller’ appearance.
Enhance high cheek bones: Makes you look younger.
Cheek and chin dimples: The appearance of these can be dramatically improved.
Lines and frown lines: Dermal fillers can be used to ‘fill in’ the hollows that develop with frown lines.
What Are Dermal Fillers Made From?
Historically, dermal fillers were made from collagen which was normally derived from animals. This has now been largely replaced by manmade fillers such as Restylane
which have been specifically developed to enable the minimum recovery time. The added advantage of manmade fillers is that they are animal free, meaning they are unlikely to cause an allergic response. This is an advantage over collagen which caused an allergic reaction in around 2-3% of the population.
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
Dermal fillers work by effectively ‘pumping up’ the area that is treated and levelling it with other parts of the skin to reduce any depressed areas such as frown lines or dimples. Results are generally seen instantly and they can last for up to 6 months. The dermal filler procedure is pretty much painless and has little or no recovery time.
What is involved in The Dermal Fillers Procedure?
Dermal fillers are normally carried out without a local anaesthetic and the treatment typically takes around 30 minutes. A local anaesthetic is however used if the lip area is being treated as this part of the face is particularly sensitive.
The typical procedure is as follows:
Your clinician will examine the areas that require treatment and decide on the most suitable type of dermal filler to use. More material will be needed to treat areas that have bigger depressions in the skin, such as dimples in the chin.
A very fine injection is used to administer the dermal filler into the required area. The filler material then remains in the skin giving a firmness and lift to the treated area.
The procedure normally takes around 30 minutes and most people only report a slight discomfort when the injection is made.
In summary, the dermal fillers procedure is a quick, safe and painless treatment with results noticeable immediately. Be careful to choose a practitioner who is highly trained and experienced as it will mean you are more likely to get the results you are hoping to achieve.
You should report any dermal fillers side effects to the practitioner should you experience any but most will wear off within 1-2 days of having the treatment.
Most people can return to work and normal activities immediately after having the treatment.
You should notice an improvement in your appearance straight away. The effects of the treatment will typically last for about 6-8 months, after which time you will need a top up treatment to maintain the same appearance.
How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?
Dermal fillers typically last for about 6-8 months but this varies from one individual to another. It also varies depending on which part of the face is being treated so you will need to discuss this with your practitioner. The filler is slowly broken down and absorbed by the body, meaning that over time the appearance of the treated area will return back to what it was previously. At this time you will need to have the treatment repeated in order to maintain the same appearance. You will need to factor this in when calculating the cost of dermal fillers