Fillers create volume in areas of the skin that have, lost volume, aged and wrinkled over time. The following areas can be treated with dermal filler to help smooth out wrinkles, making the skin appear younger:
- “Smile lines”, “laugh lines”
- Lip enhancement (“Plump lips”)
- Re-sculpting of cheeks or chin
- Re-sculpting of nose
- Nasolabial folds
What is Dermal Filler?
There are various types of “dermal filler products”. The most commonly used is Hyaluronic Acid (HA). It is a clear jelly-like substance that is injected into the dermis (skin) to treat wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging on the face. HA occurs naturally in the body, but from our late 20’s+ production thereof stops. Thus, our appearance becomes more aged.
How is Dermal Filler administered?
Filler is given via small injections into the specific areas to be treated. The results are immediate but the true results can take up to a month to settle in.
How long will the Filler treatment last?
The effect is product dependent, but on average lasts from nine – 18 months. In areas of higher movement (like the lips), it can be broken down faster and metabolising enhancing supplements/medication can also break the HA down faster*.
How does Dermal Filler work?
The dermal filler absorbs water (it is hydrophillic) and draws water into the cells in which it has been injected. This improves the hydration of the skin and plumps the cells.
The filler itself also occupies space within the skin, filling out wrinkles and lines.
What are the potential side effects of Dermal Filler?
Temporary bruising and swelling may occur at the site of injection; however this normally disappears within 24 hours and settles.
Adverse reactions have been recorded to hyaluronic acid fillers, but these are very rare. Ensure that a doctor trained in dermal fillers injections does the procedure, and that he/she uses an effective and reputable product. Also make sure that you don’t visit a dentist 2 weeks prior or post treatment as this can also cause adverse reactions.
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