Dermal Fillers

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What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are soft injectable gels consisting of stabilized, non-animal hyaluronic acid. The gel closely resembles the hyaluronic acid that exists naturally in the body. They add volume, plump up and reduce the appearance of lines and folds to create a fuller, firmer look.

What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that occurs naturally in the human body and is central to regulating cell growth and renewal. Hyaluronic Acid impacts on number of functions in the body, some of which are to bind water, lubricate the movable parts of the body such as muscles and joints and to maintain the elasticity of the skin.

Which areas can be treated by dermal fillers?

The most common areas treated are:

1. Nasolabial folds (lines between the nose and corner of the mouth)

2. Marionette lines (from the corner of the mouth downwards)

3. Lips (Enhance the shape, definition and volume of lips)

4. Cheek volumising

5. Chin Rejuvenation

6. Rejuvenation of ageing hands

How do dermal filler treatments work?

Due to the properties of hyaluronic acid, once injected, volumizing effect can be seen, due to increased binding with water increasing hydration. Unwanted folds and wrinkles can be “plumped up” to reduce their appearance, resulting in a smoother, more youthful looking skin. As your face changes over time, dermal fillers allow you to control you looks subtly as you age.

What do I expect during my dermal filler treatment?

Firstly, there will be a detailed pre-treatment discussion between you and the dermatologist, Dr.Vrushali Rane-Khan. The problem areas will be identified and the amount and type of filler needed will be assessed. Once you confirm to proceed, an anesthetic cream will be applied to make the area numb. The dermal filler is then gently injected into specific areas of your skin to reduce the depth of the skin crease to give you the most natural result. The procedure takes about 15-30 minutes and the results are immediately visible. Patients can continue with their normal day after treatment.

What do I expect after a dermal filler treatment ?

Results are evident almost immediately but are more clearly visible after a day or two when the swelling and redness because of the injection settle.

How long does a treatment take?

The treatment can usually be done in about 15-30 minutes depending on the area treated. One can immediately return back to work after the procedure.

Are dermal filler treatments safe?

Yes. They are extremely safe as they do not cause any reaction in the body. They simply attract water and plump up the tissue. Minor side-effects like bruising can happen which resolves in a week. Most side-effects are temporary and self-resolving.

Is it a painful process?

A local anaesthetic cream is applied 30 minutes or so prior to treatment, which will ease any discomfort. Nowadays there are also some dermal fillers with inbuilt local anaesthetic.

What are the side-effects?

Immediately after treatment, there may be slight redness, swelling, tenderness. This is a normal result of the injection. The inconvenience is temporary and generally disappears in a few days.

How long do the effects of a dermal filler treatment last?

Depending on the dermal filler used, the treatment typically lasts from 6 to 18 months. A maintenance plan is recommended to maintain the effect of your dermal filler treatments.

Do I have to be a certian age to have Dermal Filler treatment?

Dermal filler treatments are generally safe to use in individuals aged between 18 and 65. While lip volumising and cheek volumising is generally popular in younger women, nasolabial folds are more commonly done by women in their 50s.

Who should not be injected with dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are not appropriate for women who are pregnant, considering getting pregnant or breast feeding. Also people who have a known allergy to any ingredient in dermal filler shouldn’t take them.