Dermal or soft tissue fillers can be used for a range of applications, to address the signs of ageing. Fillers are used primarily to plump the skin up and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They can also be used to compensate for volume loss in parts of the face. Let’s take an in-depth look at ‘what are dermal fillers used for’.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Also known as soft tissue fillers or injectable implants, dermal fillers are injected under the surface of the skin. They can be used to smooth out the surface of the skin, to create a smoother texture and a fuller appearance. Dermal fillers can also be used to reconstruct depressed areas of the skin, such as acne scars.
How Can Dermal Fillers Help The Ageing Process?
As we age, our bodies produce less collagen and elastin, which keep the skin firm and plump when we are younger. The result of this can be volume loss under the eyes, in the hollows of the cheeks and along the jawline. Loss of elastin and collagen can also contribute to premature ageing and the development of fine lines and wrinkles on the surface of the skin.
Dermal fillers do not last forever. They are slowly absorbed back into the body and gradually lose effectiveness. Different filler types are available, including bovine fat and fat taken from other parts of your body. The different dermal fillers have different qualities and can be used for different uses.
What To Expect When You Have Dermal Filler?
The dermal filler procedure is relatively quick to complete and can last from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the amount of filler to be used. Your aesthetician will use a fine needle to fill depressions caused by scars or fine lines and creases in your skin.
Types Of Dermal Filler
Different types of dermal filler are available on the market, however, the marketing of specific brand names is not permitted. You would have a skin consultation with your aesthetician, who would make recommendations on the best type of dermal filler for your skin concerns.
Hyaluronic acid can be used to fill thin lines on the surface of your skin such as those that form around the mouth and on the forehead. Hyaluronic acid filler effects may last for up to a year before they need to be redone.
Collagen can be used for some scars and deeper lines on the surface of the skin. The effects of collagen fillers last for around six months.
Polylactic acid fillers can be used for scarring and deep wrinkles. Polylactic acid fillers may stimulate the skin’s own production of collagen.
Fat injections can be done, after removing fat from other areas of the patient’s body. Fat injections are well tolerated and can last for a long time.
What Are Dermal Fillers Used For?
Fillers are used to enhance and restore natural beauty. Surgical interventions can also be used to address ageing concerns but their results are very noticeable and the patient requires a lot of downtime and recovery. Dermal fillers are quick and convenient and when they are done well, should only enhance your natural beauty. To find out more about what are dermal fillers used for and whether they are suitable for your skin concern, consult with your aesthetician.
Loss of volume in the face is a normal consequence of ageing and typically affects the cheeks, jaw, the area below the eyes and the lips. Dermal filler can be used to restore volume in the affected areas, contributing to a more youthful appearance.
Firm Up The Complexion
Wrinkles, creases and fine lines develop as a result of dehydration, facial expressions and sun exposure, but they can be exacerbated by drinking alcohol, insomnia and exposure to pollutants. Dermal filler can restore your skin’s plumpness and firmness, smoothing out wrinkles and contributing to a younger-looking complexion.
Dermal filler can also be used to fill up depressions in the skin texture that are caused by scarring. Deep ice pick and boxcar scars can be treated with filler, to even out the skin texture.
Temporary Treatments And Skin Rejuvenation
Using filler gives you the opportunity to try minimally invasive techniques to address skin concerns. When compared with surgical skin interventions, fillers offer a number of benefits including affordability, ease of access and minimal downtime and complications.
What Are The Risks Of Dermal Filler?
The skill and experience level of your aesthetician is an important consideration prior to dermal filler treatments. Working with someone suitably skilled and experienced can reduce your chance of developing side effects and complications. Some of the potential risks include
- Bleeding and bruising at the injection site
- Swelling, redness and itching
- Viral or bacterial infection
- Formation of nodules under the skin
It’s essential that you follow your aesthetician’s post-surgical care instructions and that you
- Avoid direct sunlight and extreme temperatures
- Avoid touching the infection site
- Keep the skin clean
Still have questions about what are dermal fillers used for? It’s always best to speak to a professional. Please contact us for a confidential appointment: (02) 9158 6375.