What does a Dermal Filler Treatment Involve?

As we age, we lose the volume in our face that makes our skin look plump and youthful, so dermal fillers can be used to ‘fill out’ lines and wrinkles and replace lost volume in the skin caused by ageing. They can also be used as a non-surgical alternative to facial implants to add volume to the cheeks or chin, to correct minor deformities in the nose, to get rid of hollows underneath the eyes and to plump up thin lips.

There are many different types of dermal fillers available which last anywhere between three months and five years. Although dermal fillers, particularly temporary fillers, are now very safe, you should make sure you are seeing a properly qualified practitioner to avoid any complications. Dermal fillers can be injected by cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists. Dermal filler treatments are becoming increasingly common in the world as they offer rejuvenation without the expense or downtime of invasive surgery.

Am I a Candidate? As we age, the skin gradually loses some of its collagen and fat, resulting in sagging skin with more noticeable lines. Dermal fillers are suitable for those who want to restore youthful volume to the skin and smooth out wrinkles.

What Is The Recovery Time? – Treatment times can vary from 30-60 minutes, and recovery time can be from a few hours to a few days depending on the area treated and which filler is used. Most people find they can return to normal activities straight after a dermal filler treatment.

What Are The Benefits? – Fillers can boost the volume of the lips, fill out lines around the lips, smooth wrinkles from the nose to the corners of the mouth, as well as plump out crow’s feet and smooth forehead wrinkles. Thicker fillers can also be used to add volume to sunken cheeks and weak chins, reshape the tip of the nose and to fill out deeper wrinkles. Dermal fillers can also be used to rejuvenate aged hands. Different combinations of types of fillers are often used in order to achieve the best results.

What Are The Side Effects Of Dermal Fillers? – Depending on the area injected, patients usually find dermal filler procedures relatively painless, although there may be some mild discomfort during treatments to the sensitive nose or lip areas. There may be some slight bleeding immediately post-injection, then some mild bruising, redness and swelling around the site of injection for 2-3 days. Rarely, allergic reactions can occur after treatment – you should return to your practitioner if you experience prolonged redness, swelling, itching and or hardness and bumps in the skin.

What Types of Dermal Fillers Are Available? – Dermal fillers can be either permanent or non-permanent, depending upon how long you would like the results to last. Permanent fillers give a longer lasting effect, but they are currently not widely used as there is still a lack of research into the long-term side effects. Permanent fillers can be made from Polyacrylamide, Alkyl-imide, or combinations of Hyaluronic acid with Dextran microspheres or PMMA beads in bovine collagen.

Non-permanent dermal fillers are much more widely used, with Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen fillers being the most widely used. The benefit of these substances is that they come in different thicknesses, so the practitioner can choose the most appropriate one depending on the depth of your wrinkles. Newer non-permanent fillers use polylactic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite to fill, smooth or sculpt the skin. Most of the ingredients in non-permanent dermal fillers have been widely used and clinically tested for safety and effectiveness.

Am I a Candidate for Dermal Fillers?

Most people who opt for dermal fillers are over 35 and are experiencing the effects of premature ageing, however younger people in their 20s often have fillers to give them a more sexy pout or correct minor deformities in the nose as an alternative to a nose job.

If you have any of the following concerns, you could be a candidate for dermal fillers:

  • Deep nose to mouth lines (nasolabial folds)
  • Smoker’s lines around the mouth
  • Loss of volume in the cheeks
  • Thin or un-shapely lips
  • Minor nose deformities such as nasal humps
  • A receding chin

Fillers are generally very safe nowadays however pregnant women or women who are breast feeding are not advised to have treatment. People with acne should get the condition address first as skin conditions like this can increase the risk of infection following injections with dermal fillers.

Some fillers, such as those made from bovine collagen, can cause an allergic reaction and involve a skin test prior to treatment. Make sure you check what material the filler you are having is made from in case you are allergic to any of the components. Certain conditions such as auto-immune disease and rheumatoid arthritis can also make you an unsuitable candidate for this type of filler.

The best way to discover if fillers are right for you is to speak to a qualified cosmetic practitioner who will be able to discuss the types of filler available and decide which may be best for you.

How Long Does A Dermal Filler Last?

The results you get from your fillers will again be dependent on what type of product you have. Hyaluronic acid fillers can last anywhere between six and nine months, calcium hydroxylapatite lasts around 18 months to two years and permanent fillers can last five years or more. The results can be very dependent on the individual, but with most fillers you will need to maintain your results by going in for repeat treatments after the effects start to diminish.

What Can I Expect After Dermal Filler Procedure?

After filler injections you can be quite red and swollen and in some cases you may be bruised. You may also get bleeding around the injection sites. The extent of the swelling and redness you experience can depend on a number of factors including practitioner skill, the area being injected, the type of product being used and the amount of product being used. These side effects can last for a couple of days but can be disguised with make-up. If you are applying make-up straight after treatment you are advised to use mineral make-up as your normal make-up may increase your risk of infection.