If there’s one thing that cannot be stopped, it’s the slow march of time. With every year that passes, we all get that little bit older. Unfortunately, we eventually start to wear the signs of ageing on our faces.
In the past, there were two options; embrace the wrinkles and live with the aged look, or go under the knife and get a facelift. Thankfully, there’s a third option these days; dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers are a minimally invasive treatment that enhances your natural beauty while reducing the visible lines left by the passage of time. But what exactly are dermal fillers and what should you know about this type of treatment?
Let’s discuss the facts about fillers.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
While we’re in our youth, our skin naturally produces hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that helps hydrate the skin. As we age, the production of this elixir of youth begins to slow down. This, in turn, impacts the elasticity and plumpness of the skin.
Made from a pharmaceutical-grade hyaluronic acid (HA), dermal fillers attract water molecules, plumping and moisturising the skin. This gives the skin a more youthful appearance and helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Where Can Dermal Fillers Be Used?
Dermal fillers are used around specific lines and imperfections in the skin. Although most commonly used around the face, dermal fillers can also be used elsewhere on your body.
A few examples of the way dermal fillers can be used around your face include:
- Lips – Over time, our lips lose volume making lines and wrinkles stand out. To make thin or flat lips fuller and plumper, we can inject fillers in the area.
- Cheeks – A loss of collagen and elastin in our cheeks can affect their volume. If you’ve got sunken cheeks, dermal fillers can restore them to their former glory.
- Eyes – If you look perpetually tired, it may not be a lack of sleep causing this. Sagging skin around your eyes can be given volume by having dermal fillers injected into your tear troughs.
- Chin – A weak chin looks shorter in comparison to the rest of your face. If your chin appears to blend in with your neck, fillers can be used to give it more definition.
How Are Dermal Fillers Different From Anti-Wrinkle Injections?
Botulinum toxin (botox) is another injectable used in non-surgical facial aesthetics. But how is this different from dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are usually used to increase elasticity and provide moisture. This plumps up the area of the face or body being treated.
Botox; however, restricts movement in the treatment area, so that wrinkles are eliminated. Sometimes, in cases where several areas of the face are being treated, botulinum toxin anti-wrinkle injections may be used in conjunction with dermal fillers to provide a natural look.
What Is Involved In the Dermal Fillers Treatment Process?
To begin, we’ll discuss the areas of your face or body that you’d like us to help with. After an examination of these areas, we’ll carefully plan how and where we’ll administer the dermal fillers so that they achieve the best results.
Once we’ve planned the treatment, we’ll carry it out by injecting the area. The procedure is relatively brief, and many people even opt to have it during their lunch break.
The leader of our facial aesthetics team, Dr Benji Dhillon, is highly-skilled and has carried out countless dermal filler treatments. He has also worked as a director for Allergan, where he carried out clinical studies into the use of dermal fillers. This means that he has a vast degree of knowledge about the use of Hyaluronic Acid in this type of treatment.
Does Getting Dermal Fillers Hurt?
There is minimal pain involved in getting dermal fillers. There is a small risk of bruising around the treatment site in the days that follow your treatment; however, you can return to your normal routine immediately after you’ve left the clinic.
We’d suggest that you avoid wearing makeup for 12 hours after treatment, and refrain from doing anything too strenuous such as exercise.
How Long Does the Effects of Dermal Fillers Last?
The effects of dermal fillers can be seen right away and can last for between 6 and 24 months. Once the Hyaluronic Acid has been broken down in your body, we can perform a top-up treatment to keep you looking and feeling rejuvenated.
Look and Feel Younger With the Help of Define Clinic
Define Clinic has a fantastic reputation for providing life-enhancing dermal fillers in Buckinghamshire. To learn more about the treatment or to see the benefits for yourself, schedule an appointment today.