What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are non surgical cosmetic treatments to bring a more youthful appearance by restoring volume or fullness to the face and lips. They work by reducing or eliminating lines, wrinkles and folds in the skin and the effect is seen immediately after treatment.
As skin ages, both naturally and because of other factors such as sun damage, smoking and poor diet, we lose collagen, fat and other natural moisturising substances from our skin. Think of these as the natural 'scaffolding' that keeps it looking young and feeling firm. with less of these, our skin becomes thinner and we start to see lines, wrinkles and folds developing. this is most noticeable on our faces.
Dermal fillers can restore the lost volume in the face by plumping out lines, wrinkles and folds.
What are dermal fillers made of?
Various kinds of safe, natural and man-made materials are used as dermal fillers; these have been specifically developed over the years for use in the skin. The non permanent fillers, such as, Hyaluronic Acid derived Hydra Fill and Restylane, last for 6-12 months, depending on the site of application. and the formulation of the material used.
Is found naturally throughout our bodies; in our skin, bones, joints, and eyes. It acts as a lubricant and moisturiser due to its ability to attract and store water. Hyaluronic Acid is clinically produced, usually from bacterial, not from animal or human sources.
Some well-known brands of dermal fillers in the UK include:
Is the treatment uncomfortable?
Some products contain a local anesthetic and are quite comfortable to use on their own. Alternatively a local anaesthetic cream is used to make the treatment as comfortable as possible. for treatments near the mouth, such as lip treatments, your practitioner can freeze the area with an injection which is similar to a dental anaesthetic. After the treatment you will be given aftercare instructions to maximise the benefits.