Dermal Fillers: Everything You Need to Know

Dermal Fillers: Everything You Need to Know

Wondering how dermal fillers work, what they can be used to treat and the benefits of getting them done? Get the lowdown on all of that and more in this blog post.

First, let’s start with the basics…
 

What are Dermal Fillers?

A naturally derived or synthetic substance, dermal fillers are injected into the skin to plump the skin with the goal of freeing the treated area of unwanted wrinkles, folds and fine lines. Unlike other methods, they plump up sections of the skin where they’re administered as opposed to affecting facial muscles.

It is a virtually painless and non-invasive treatment and, depending on the type of filler used, the effects are immediate and can last anywhere from three months to two years. It’s important to remember that while the results of dermal fillers are long lasting, they’re not permanent and top ups are needed.

 

How do they Work?

The smooth injectable gel that’s inserted into the skin contains hyaluronic acid that works to replenish the skin which has been worn due to aging and wear & tear. It does this by filling the spaces that have lost volume, which improves the appearance of wrinkles and folds as well as attracting water to replace lost moisture in the skin.

The gel also has a biological effect on the body’s own level of hyaluronic acid by boosting the production of elastin and collagen, which enhances the appearance of the skin long after the treatment has ended.

Dermal fillers are also used for liquid facelifts to help reduce wrinkles, lines and folds. A liquid facelift may sound daunting but it is a non-surgical treatment whereby dermal fillers are add to the face to give it more volume.

 

What can Dermal Fillers Treat?

  • Dermal fillers are primarily used to treat the signs of facial aging including:
  • Filling out hollow areas beneath the eyes
  • Plumping thin lips and smoothing out the areas around the lips and mouth
  • Making the skin more even where scars from chicken pox or acne were present
  • Giving the skin volume around problem areas such as the forehead and lower cheek(s)

 

How much Filler will you Need?

This will all depend on the degree of volume that’s lost from your skin, the depth of your fold(s) and/or wrinkle(s) being treated, as well as what kind of outcome you’d like to achieve.

The best way to determine how much filler you’d need to achieve the results you want is to talk to a qualified and experienced dermal filler specialist.

 

What are the Risks?

There’s a lot of research and testing gone into dermal fillers and serious side effects are not common.

Patients, however, may feel slight discomfort when the needle penetrates the skin and the most common side effects after the procedure include swelling, tenderness and bruising. These should only last a few days.