Aging is a natural process that happens to all of us as we grow older. As part of that process, there will be major changes to our face. In particular, the skin will start to sag.
The slow deterioration in the production of collagen is inevitable, and with it comes the gradual appearance of wrinkles and fine lines: fine wrinkles around the eyes, large visible wrinkles on the cheek, naso-labial folds and wrinkles around the mouth.
A solution to the aging effects of the skin has recently surfaced in the cosmetic and aesthetic industry: the dermal fillers.
What are dermal fillers?
Available in most aesthetic centres, dermal fillers help to reverse the signs of aging, but also can be used as a minimally-invasive way to reshape the face.
There are many possible outcomes after this versatile and adaptable treatment. After the treatment, you can get a new nose or fuller lips. The treatment may also help to balance uneven facial features, not just fill in areas where wrinkles appear.
Dermal fillers can also address soft tissue augmentation and facial contour defects, and often at a fraction of the cost of a traditional facelift.
How do dermal fillers work?
Injected below the surface of the skin, dermal fillers fill out the spots where the wrinkles and folds occur, leaving the face with a refreshed appearance. Fillers also help support and enhance the structure of the skin.
Naturally-derived dermal fillers such as Hyaluronic Acid are the most popular form of fillers. However, the nature of the substance causes it to break down at an earlier stage than a synthetic filler, causing the skin to lose elasticity more quickly.
Dermal fillers last between 9 to 18 months, depending on the individual.
At an aesthetic clinic, all clients are assessed individually and treatments will be tailored to suit individual’s needs.
By cross-linking the hyaluronic acid chains, synthetic filler allows it to last longer than its natural counterpart; the components are less likely to dissipate and move along the body as natural fillers do.
While the filler is in place, the skin continues to gradually break down the hyaluronic acid. As such, follow-up visits to the clinic are required should you wish to maintain the youthful appearance.
Careful placement of dermal fillers will help to reduce the effects of aging: wrinkles, deep lines, volume loss and sagging that are visible on the face. Dermal fillers should be placed with the individual in mind.
Facial fillers are commonly used with Botulinum Toxin to produce synergistic effects in different areas of the face, creating a more youthful look. This is also commonly known as the ‘Liquid Facelift’.
Finally, fillers also help to support and enhance the skin’s structure. Hyaluronic acid, a synthetic filler, are also good as it helps to hydrate the skin and offer low allergenic properties.