Understanding Dermal Fillers

Understanding Dermal Fillers

Fillers are commonly seen as a way to combat ageing. But what exactly do dermal fillers achieve when they are injected into the face?

Common signs of ageing show on the face through wrinkles, crows’ feet, frown lines, and other facial lines on the face. These lines are caused due to the natural loss of fat in certain fat compartments on the face as well as the loss of collagen and elastin in the dermis that maintain the skin’s plumpness, suppleness and elasticity. These structural supports chemicals that are produced in abundance during a person’s youth, but slow down in old age.

When the dermis, or inner layer of the skin, loses these proteins, the support structure of the skin is weakened. The outer layer, or epidermis, grows thinner, and will not be able to retain moisture. With these conditions, an older face can often look saggy and worn as fine lines on the face begin to form.

Age is a common factor that causes lines to appear on the face. Constant and repeated frowning, laughing or squinting can also etch patterns in the skin resulting in wrinkles.

Dermal fillers can help to reduce these lines on the face without needing to undergo surgery.

When fillers are injected into the skin, they can help restore lost volume on the face. Fillers can also increase the fullness of the lips, and can be used to contour the jawline and the nose.

One of the most common substances used as dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid. It is naturally found within the body, making it safe and non-allergenic. There are also other materials that may be useful. This include calcium hydroxyapatite and PLLA(poly-L-Lactic acid). It is important to check that the product is safe. It should be HSA (Health Science Authority of Singapore) and/or US FDA approved. You should check it at the respective websites to be sure.

During treatment, fillers are injected into the affected areas. The treatment is quick and relatively painless. The treatments for dermal fillers can be completed in less than half an hour, and you may immediately resume your everyday activities after leaving the clinic; there is usually no downtime after the procedure.

It is important to distinguish the difference between dermal fillers and the other commonly known aesthetic procedure, BOTOX. Dermal fillers help to plump up the treated areas by adding volume to the injected areas, while BOTOX helps to relax the muscles in the treated area to prevent the formation of wrinkles. Dermal fillers and BOTOX are complementary and are commonly used in conjunction to achieve a more youthful face.

After the treatment, the area will slowly be plumped up, making any creases or lines disappear. The effects of a dermal filler are immediate, and will last from six months to two years. After the period, you may need another injection.

When booking an appointment with EHA Clinic for dermal fillers, Dr Elias Tam, who has over 20 years of medical experience, will have a 15 to 30 minute consultation with you to better understand your aesthetic needs and answer any questions you may have about the procedure.

Dermal fillers are a great way to reverse the signs of ageing on your face, and is approved for use in Singapore’s aesthetic clinics. Contact EHA Clinic at 6235 3325 to book an appointment.


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