Over time, our skin reacts to ageing and climatic elements, particularly the sun. Years of muscle actions like frowning and squinting eventually results in frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet around the eyes. These lines can give us a tired or angry appearance on any given day.
There are simple non-surgical techniques to relax our muscles and help smooth out facial lines and wrinkles, and one of these are dermal fillers.
Not all cosmetic fillers are alike. Injectables and fillers include a variety of materials which last for different lengths of time and have different uses and effects.
With so many products on the market, finding the injectable or filler most suitable for your condition can be confusing.
For a fraction than what traditional facelift costs, dermal fillers can help fill facial hollows, enhance shallow contours, and soften facial lines and wrinkles. It should not be confused with one particular antiwrinkle injection which is made out of an attenuated toxin, because dermal fillers does not stop muscle movement, rather it provides a plumping and smoothing effect.
Any adult who is clinically advised to benefit from this is allowed to have the procedure done. However, anybody who experienced an allergic reaction to dermal fillers should avoid getting it to also prevent untoward reactions. It is also contraindicated in pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
Yes, there is a range of dermal fillers available on the market today. The length of their effects ranges from the temporary to those that provide permanent results. They also act on different levels to meet the different needs of each patient. You can discuss this more with your doctor or practitioner to see which ones would best suit your specific needs.
Yes, dermal fillers are generally safe. It integrates with your skin tissue while allowing the passage of important elements through the skin to make it look healthy and glowing. The dermal fillers injected will gradually be broken down and safely eliminated from the body, which is why you can safely have touch-ups done. There have been no recorded problems about its long-term use.
This treatment should not be used in areas with an active skin disease or any skin related problems. It is also not advised for individuals who have medical conditions that lower the body’s immune response. To ensure the patient’s safety, we see to it that a full medical assessment is done for each patient during the consultation.
There is no need for a skin test because hyaluronic acid dermal fillers don’t contain animal-derived ingredients.
Dermal fillers are injected into the skin with the use of a very fine needle which means less discomfort for the patient. Fillers like Juvederm and Restylane, in particular, contain lidocaine which can also help minimize discomfort. The level of pain felt will actually vary for each patient and will depend on their level of tolerance.
Any untoward reactions with dermal fillers are rare because this treatment has been proven to be generally safe. Any product-related reactions do not happen so easily. There may be injection-related reactions such as swelling, pain, bruising, itching, redness, and tenderness, but they often resolve after a few days.
If you get lip injections, your lips may swell right afterward but this will gradually subside around the second or third day. Aside from that, there have been no reported serious complications with dermal fillers.
This treatment can smooth and plump areas such as:
The lines around the mouth
Vertical lines over the top lip
Replace loss of volume in the soft tissues of the cheek
Lips for contouring and added volume
Depressed or pitted acne scars
The entire process can take 15-30 minutes. However, you will also need to take some time to discuss the look you wish to achieve with the doctor or practitioner.
These treatments are sometimes referred to as the lunchtime facelifts because you can have this done during your lunch break, and then go right back to work. Yes, there is no downtime needed after getting your dermal filler injections.
The effects of dermal fillers are long-lasting, but they are not permanent. The effectiveness of the dermal filler will depend on a number of factors such as:
Dermal fillers are generally known to provide results that last up to 6 months to one year. After your initial treatment, you can always come back for touch-up sessions to maintain the results.
It is advised that you wait until the area has totally healed and the skin has returned back to its normal condition before you can get dermal filler injections. You can discuss these in detail with your practitioner so you can map out a treatment plan for you.