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A Beginner’s Guide to Dermal Fillers

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are implants that are injected into the tissue under the skin of the lower part of the face. These implants fill in the gaps underneath the skin in order to diminish the appearance of wrinkles. This can result in a more youthful appearance for the patient.

They can also be used to plump thin lips, enhance the shape of cheeks, or to lessen the visual impact of facial scars caused by severe acne or chickenpox.

Dermal fillers have a very similar effect to Botox. The major difference is that Botox is injected into the upper part of the face around the eyes and forehead. Dermal fillers concentrate on the lower part of the face and the wrinkles that inevitably form here as we age.

Both types of treatment are very popular, because of the noticeably positive impact they can have on patient’s appearance. The results of this treatments are temporary because the fillers are eventually absorbed by the skin. The results could typically last between six months and a couple of years, depending on the treatment.

Either way, as the procedure is so quick, simple and affordable, many patients are only too happy to return to their surgeon for top-up treatments.

Dermal fillers are seen as a cheaper, safer, easier alternative to complex surgical treatments such as facelifts.  

Types of Dermal Fillers

Although there are many different brands of dermal filler, each with their own pros and cons, there are two main types that you need to be aware of. These are natural fillers and synthetic fillers.

Natural fillers are made from molecules that is naturally produced by the human body. For this reason, there is a much smaller chance of an allergic reaction or other complications. The most common type of natural filler is made from hyaluronic acid.

The results of natural fillers don’t last as long as with synthetic fillers, as the molecules are absorbed by the skin quicker. Typically, to maintain your youthful appearance, you’ll need to visit the surgeon for a top-up every 6-12 months. Popular brands of natural fillers include Juvéderm, Restylane, and Belotero Balance.

Synthetic fillers are made from collagens that aren’t naturally produced by the body. This means they take longer to dissipate. They’re typically generated in a laboratory. Some patients have reported the results lasting up to five years. Others consider them semi-permanent. A dermatologist will be able to advise you on the best filler for your needs, although it’s recommended to do your own research on the brand.

What Does the Treatment Involve?

Before you have dermal fillers injected into your face, a consultant will examine you to make sure you’re a safe candidate for the treatment. This usually involves a few questions about your medical history. They will also tell you what to expect, the expected results and possible side-effects.

Having dermal fillers injected only takes a few minutes. You can walk out of the surgery, carry on with your day as normal and may start to see results within 72 hours.

Side-effects may include bruising, soreness, or itching but this should disappear within a few days. Less commonly, there is a risk of infection or allergic reactions, which could cause more noticeable disfigurement of the face. One disadvantage of synthetic fillers is that the side-effects of botched procedures are longer-lasting. There is more risk.

It is recommended to read reviews of cosmetic surgeons in your area and to visit a surgeon that you can trust. This surgeon will be able to give you a detailed analysis of the risks and how likely they are going to happen.

The benefits of dermal fillers are enjoyed by thousands of people across the globe without any side-effects. More often than not, the procedure will go smoothly and you enjoy the benefits of a more youthful healthy-looking appearance.  

Learn more about dermal fillers and other cosmetic surgery options. Contact the Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery today!