Why Dermal Fillers?
Along with a trend towards living a longer, healthier life, more and more patients are looking to physicians to help them achieve a more youthful appearance. The skin's natural ageing process manifests as facial contour changes and wrinkles with the loss of dermal collagen.
Traditionally, rejuvenation has been achieved with a face-lift by surgically tightening the skin. Today, a multitude of minimally invasive procedures are aimed at rejuvenation without the risk, recovery time, and expense of major surgery.
Dermal fillers have become a popular means of addressing concerns that result from ageing, photo damage, trauma or disease. Dermal fillers are chosen for their safety and results.
What is it?
The basic content is usually hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies. There are many dermal fillers available and all can give different results, therefore it is important to consult with a physician prior to treatment to decide what is most suitable for you.
Dermal fillers can be broken down into three categories – bio-degradable, semi-permanent and permanent. Semi-permanent and permanent products, while they produce longer lasting results, are associated with higher risks. The safest products are bio-degradable products because their effects are reversible. For this reason many clinicians prefer to use bio-degradable products for their safety history and because they consider that permanent solutions might be rendered inappropriate when inevitable ageing takes place after treatment.
Examples of bio-degradable products are Restylane®, Perlane®, Hydrafill® and Laresse®, which are formulated to provide smooth, natural results with minimal swelling. These products have been on the market for a number of years and patients have shown very little adverse responses.
Is the process comfortable?
Small amounts of dermal fillers are delivered by injection beneath the surface layer of the skin. Some clinicians use a topical or local anaesthetic to numb the treatment area prior to injecting if pain threshold or needle phobia are a concern. This procedure is non-surgical and minimally invasive, therefore most patients can return to work or leisure activities after treatment without any noticeable difference.
How long do results last?
Depending on age and the area treated, results might last 6-8 months. In the lip area results might last about 5-6 months as greater mechanical stress in this area tends to cause more rapid breakdown of the injected product.