Dermal fillers, known by doctors and aestheticians as Hyaluronic Acid, is a gel-like water-holding molecule that is naturally found in the body, however more is injected into certain areas of the body to fill areas, most commonly to get those bigger lips, or cheeks.
Dermal fillers can be put into two categories, wrinkle fillers or volumisers.
These are injectable fillers broadly based on hyaluronic acid. Those are used to fill in wrinkles that real the muscles beneath the skin causing puckering.
Fillers can be used in combination for resistant lines/wrinkles.
They provide a youthful appearance that can last from 6-18 months depending on the type of filler and where it is used.
The hyaluronic acid gel comes in a range of consitencies which is injected below the dermis (skin) using an ultra fine needle. This gel physically fills in the wrinkles whilst the hyaluronic acid is hydrophilic attracting moisture with lasting results.
Areas generally targeted are:
Your clinician will advise you on the most suitable filler so it is very important to find a highly skilled and trained physician that you feel comfortable with.
As we age there is a natural loss of facial fat and collagen. This gives the appearance of flat cheeks, thinner lips and reduced contour to the jawline.
Cheeks sink downwards, the chin goes limp and the face becomes broader towards the bottom with the appearance of jowls.
The result is deeper winkles, particularly around the nose and mouth and also on the chin. Cheek bones and cheeks are areas most effective by the loss of volume.
Facial fillers are used to plump volumised cheeks, define and volumise lips counterbalancing the contour deficits creating a lifting and volumising effect.
Typical treated areas are:
Lower jaw line
Contour of the lip (vermillion border)
Augmentation of lips
The clinician will often suggest topical and anaesthetic or injected anaesthetic to make the procedure as comfortable and pain free as possible. Typically a treatment session including consultation will last no more than 30 minutes. The effects will be visible immediately.
You may experience temporary:
Bruising or discolouration
You may feel the filler under the skin especially in the lip area for a short time after treatment. However, over time the filler will integrate and cannot be felt.
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