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Dermal Fillers an Overview
People seeking cosmetic improvement of their skin do so for many different reasons.
Dermal fillers are a very popular treatment for lip enhancement, facial volume correction and general improvement of moderate to severe wrinkles and folds.
What are dermal fillers?
As the skin ages it gradually loses some of its collagen and fat. These are the materials that prevent the skin from becoming saggy. Thus, as we age, our skin can become thinner and more wrinkled and lined.
Dermal fillers help to restore our skin to its former youthful appearance. Material is injected into the skin in areas where it needs to be plumped up again and made to look firmer.
Which one to choose?
There are many fillers to choose from, it is best to be guided by a trained and experienced practitioner as different fillers are used for different areas.
Hyaluronic Acid products (Juvederm®, Belotero®, Restylane®) are very popular for lips and moderate lines and they contain a local anaesthetic in the product to reduce any discomfort during the procedure.
Sculptra® and Radiesse® are great products for people who need that extra volume eg sunken cheeks or deep nose to mouth lines.
How long do the effects last?
The duration of effect is dependant on age, lifestyle and general health.
However most people can expect to experience beneficial results for up to one year.
What are the side effects?
Following injection, there may be some redness, swelling and bruising around the injection site. Most side effects are mild to moderate and resolve within a few days.
As with any injection there is a risk of infection. Therefore sterile technique is a must.
Who’s not suitable?
A full medical history needs to be taken from all patients wishing to undergo any of these treatments. Generally the following contra-indications apply:
• Use of Roaccutane® 6 months before or after treatment may result in keloid scarring.
• People with collagen, scarring or connective tissue disorders
• Diabetes (increases bruising risk)
• Clotting problems.
• Cold sore sufferers will require Acyclovir prior to treatment.
Points To remember
Always choose a qualified and experienced practitioner.
Have realistic expectations.
Not all Lips look like Leslie Ash- less is more – you can always add more .
Glucosamine or Hyaluronic Acid natural supplements can be of benefit in maintaining the longevity of the product.