What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal filler treatment is a cosmetic procedure which uses small injections to increase the volume of soft tissue in the face. This includes facial areas such as the mouth, cheeks and lips, as well as around the jawline and the eyes. The treatment can be successful in combatting the signs of ageing - decreasing dark circles and filling in wrinkles. Dermal fillers typically use a gel which contains hyaluronic acid.
How dermal fillers work
Dermal fillers target areas of the face where elastin and collagen production has decreased. You will attend an initial consultation to assess your suitability for the treatment. The procedure can involve several injections, depending on the requirements of the individual. The targeted part of the face will be numbed with an anaesthetic before the injection is administered into the mid to deep level of the skin.
Who can benefit from dermal fillers?
It is recognised that elastin and collagen production starts to slow around the age of 25, and so dermal fillers may be considered a suitable treatment for those in their late twenties and older. You may be a good candidate for dermal fillers if you are in good physical health, are a non-smoker and take good care of your skin.
Dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid should not be used in combination with facial peelings, by those with cutaneous disorders or autoimmune diseases, or by pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. It should also be noted that dermal fillers with hyaluronic acid may contain an active ingredient which could result in a positive drugs test for sportsmen and women.
What are the advantages of dermal fillers?
There is a range of potential benefits for those choosing the dermal fillers treatment, including:
- Natural-looking results - dermal fillers can leave few traces of a cosmetic procedure, retaining the normal movements of the face, and being conducive to a natural look.
- Fast-acting - when compared to alternative treatments such as anti-ageing creams, dermal fillers are known to be fast-acting, offering results which are almost instant.
- Minimally invasive - the dermal fillers procedure is far less drastic than some surgical options. It takes under an hour and typically requires no recovery time, unlike a rest time of four weeks which is required by some surgical procedures.