Dermal fillers are of a gel-like soft tissue filler injected into the skin. It can help with facial augmentation, diminishing facial lines and also restoring the volume and fullness in the face.
The many uses of dermal fillers:
- facial augmentation (nose, cheeks, chin, lips)
- enhance shallow contours
- softens facial creases and wrinkles
- improve the appearance of recessed scars
Healthy skin contains important components that keep it supple and young looking. One of these is hyaluronic acid. However, with time, sunlight and other factors, the hyaluronic acid in your skin diminishes, your skin loses volume, and lines and wrinkles appear. Now you can temporarily replace your skin’s lost hyaluronic acid using hyaluronic acid fillers.
Dermal fillers are known by various brand names depending on the manufacturer. There are a few leading brands which have got the most clinical data supporting their efficacy. Juvederm, Restylane and Teosyal are all popular brands of hyaluronic acid fillers. They consist of synthesised hyaluronic acid, which is supported in the collagen skin matrix. It is slowly absorbed over time, as the molecules mimic natural compounds found within the collagen in the skin. Collagen gives your skin ‘bounce’ and over time the percentage of collagen in skin reduces, causing it to sag and develop folds and creases.
Lip fillers are also dermal fillers and can be used to add lip volume. Lips are one of those areas we’re very careful not to over-fill. You want your lips to look like yours. Just fuller and youthful.
There are very few reported side effects with these products, bruising being the most common as with any injections. This is usually minimal and can be covered effectively with make up.
You must mention to your practitioner if you are taking any blood thinning medications ie. aspirin or warfarin as one would be at higher risk of bruising. However, this does not mean that we cannot proceed, it just mean we will take extra care to minimise bruising.