Dermal fillers are a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that involves injecting a specialised substance into the skin to restore volume and fullness to the face. This treatment is effective in addressing common signs of ageing, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and hollow areas. In addition, dermal fillers can enhance facial contours and stimulate collagen production. These injectable fillers usually contain hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance in the body that keeps the skin plump, hydrated, and firm.
What Areas Do Dermal Fillers Treat?
Dermal fillers have a wide range of applications on various areas of the face, including:
Forehead: Dermal fillers can effectively minimise deep forehead lines and wrinkles. By injecting fillers into these lines, they become filled out and less prominent, resulting in a smoother and more youthful-looking appearance.
Eyes: The tear trough area, a space between the lower eyelid and the upper cheek, often appears hollow or sunken as one ages, creating dark circles or a tired look. Dermal fillers can help reduce hollows and smooth out lines to restore volume and enhance overall facial contour.
Cheeks: With the natural ageing process, the face tends to lose subcutaneous fat, which leads to hollowed-out cheeks, sagging skin, and more pronounced wrinkles. Cheek fillers can help treat flat or sunken cheeks by restoring lost volume, lifting the skin, and creating a filler and younger look.
Lips: Dermal fillers can plump up thin lips, achieving a softer and fuller appearance while providing shape and definition. Furthermore, these fillers can correct naturally uneven or asymmetrical lips, enhance the lip border and cupid’s bow, and improve its contours for a more pronounced pout.
Nose: The dermal filler procedure allows for the reshaping and contouring of the nose without the downtime of surgery. Strategically injecting fillers can correct minor imperfections, such as a bump on the nose bridge or an uneven tip caused by the natural shape of the nasal bone, resulting in a more balanced and sculpted appearance.
Face: Ageing causes the loss of volume in facial fat pads, which results in various problems such as skin laxity, fine lines, sagging cheeks, and deep laugh lines. However, dermal fillers can contour and define facial features, including the temples, jawlines, and chin, for a more balanced and harmonious aesthetic.
The Dermal Filler Procedure
The dermal filler procedure usually takes around 30 minutes, although the duration may vary depending on the extent of the treatment. An aesthetic doctor will first conduct a consultation with the patient to assess their facial features, discuss their aesthetic goals, identify areas of concern, and determine the appropriate type and volume of dermal filler.
During the procedure, the doctor cleanses the treatment area thoroughly and applies a topical numbing cream prior to the injection. They will mark the injection points on the skin to ensure strategic placement of the fillers. The doctor will then carefully inject the dermal filler into the targeted areas, followed by a gentle massage on the area to ensure an even and ideal distribution of the filler.
Aftercare of Dermal Filler Treatment
Following the procedure, patients may experience some temporary swelling, redness, or mild discomfort, which will resolve within a few days. To ensure optimal outcomes, doctors may advise patients to avoid vigorous exercise, sun exposure, and alcohol consumption in the first few days.
Although dermal fillers offer effective results, their effects are temporary, and will eventually be dissolved by the body naturally over time. On average, dermal fillers can last for six months to a year or so. The exact duration will vary based on the type of filler used, the treated area, and so on. The doctor will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor the progress and discuss if any touch-ups are needed.
What are the Different Types of Dermal Fillers?
The following are some types of dermal fillers:
What to Consider before Getting Dermal Fillers?
Despite its benefits, patients must consider various factors before deciding to undergo dermal filler treatments. These include:
How to Choose the Right Provider for Dermal Fillers
Choosing the right provider is essential for achieving a safe and effective outcome when undergoing dermal filler treatments. Consider the following factors when selecting an aesthetic doctor:
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