Dermal Fillers

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What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are minimally invasive cosmetic injections. They are common aesthetic procedures that usually last anywhere from 6 to 18 months. Dermal fillers contain FDA-approved substances. This plumps the skin, usually with naturally occurring substances like hyaluronic acid.  When injected, these substances smooth fine lines and wrinkles. By plumping the skin, filler can also address volume loss. Volume loss is usually a side effect of aging, when the skin doesn’t produce as much collagen. The most common injection areas are the lips, brow area, smile lines, forehead and chin. Some fillers may also be used on the neck and hands.

Dermal fillers are used for facial aesthetic treatments and are injected into the skin. They are designed to effectively reduce the appearance of unwanted wrinkles, contour and create volume, and to revitalise the skin. Dermal fillers are based on Hyaluronic acid which is a substance that naturally exists in your body. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that exists naturally in almost all living organisms. It binds water and can act as a lubricant and shock absorber in movable parts of the body such as joints. It is also important for the transport of nutrients and in regulating water balance in skin.

Dermal fillers work by boosting the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid, dermal fillers revitalise and add volume to the skin, instantly diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and giving a natural softer look. Dermal fillers are a soft injectable gel consisting of stabilized, non-animal hyaluronic acid. The gel is tissue-friendly and closely resembles the hyaluronic acid that exists naturally in the body. It is long-lasting, but not permanent.

Dermal filler injections provide an easy way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, smooth the skin and give a more youthful appearance. The result of a single treatment can be seen instantly and can last for around 6 to 9 months. Dermal filler injections can give a natural looking result that does not affect facial expression.  As your face changes over time, dermal fillers allow you to control you looks subtly as you age.

Dermal fillers can be used to smooth away facial lines and wrinkles, create fuller lips and shape facial contours, such as cheeks and chin, and revitalise the skin.

Risks of Using Dermal Fillers

As with any medical procedure, there are risks involved with the use of dermal fillers. It is important to understand their limits and possible risks.

Any dermal filler can cause temporary side effects, permanent side effects, or both. Most side effects associated with dermal fillers occur shortly after injection, and many resolve in a few weeks. Swelling and pain after hand treatment may last a month or longer. In some cases, side effects from a dermal filler injection may appear weeks, months, or years after injection.

Common risks include:

  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Difficulty in performing activities (only observed when injected into the back of the hand)