Did you know that from the age of 20 your face will begin to start lose volume?
Over time this volume loss and the effects of gravity will pull your facial skin down and forward.
The end result includes skin folds, wrinkles and jowls developing – the classic signs that tell the world ‘I’m ageing’!
But with the arrival of modern cosmetic non-surgical techniques, more and more people are opting for non-surgical facial enhancement procedures to correct these issues.
Dermal fillers are a popular facial rejuvenation treatment that restores volume specially targeted sites of the face.
When they’re used it’s possible to create a more youthful, fresher youthful look that still appears natural. Most people who decide to get dermal fillers want to add volume to their face while reducing lines and wrinkles.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers (also called facial soft tissue fillers and wrinkle fillers) are made from hyaluronic acid; a naturally occurring substance found in your muscles, tendons and skin.
They are commonly used to smooth out wrinkles, restore volume, plump lips and augment cheek volume.
Dermal filler brand names include Juvaderm, Perlane, Restylane and Belotero.
Dermal fillers are commonly used in the following areas:
- Cheek bones (fillers can plump up and increase cheek firmness)
- Deep scars
- Deep nasolabial folds (your smile lines from the mouth to the nose)
- Facial lines and wrinkles
- Jawline (to create more definition)
- Lips (to add volume and definition)
- Loss of facial volume
- Marionette lines (from your mouth to the chin)
- Sagging contours
- Tear troughs (the under eye area that is prone to bags, lines and shadows)
How are dermal fillers injected into your face?
The type of cosmetic dermal filler your Cosmetic Doctor or Cosmetic Nurse will use depends on the location you are you having it.
The ingredients used to produce dermal fillers replicate your body’s own hyaluronic acid. This significantly reduces the risk of complications and allergic reaction. However it is important to discuss any concerns you may have with your Cosmetic Doctor or Cosmetic Nurse.
At your consultation they will also take into account how much filler is needed, your skin type and how long it lasts. After cleaning the injection sites, they chill chill your skin using ice but may also use anaesthetic ointment and/or inject local anaesthesia.
Once the injection site is numbed, the filler is injected into the target area to restore volume or enhance the feature. They will then massage the area and evaluate the results to assess whether more filler is required.
The filler injection process is typically quick and can often be completed in about 15 minutes. If there are several areas to be treated it can take up to an hour.
While recovery from dermal filler injections is a simple process, it is important to note you will most likely experience bruising and swelling. Icing the injection sites and avoiding strenuous activity for 24-48 hours is beneficial to the recovery process.
Minor reactions after the filler treatment can include:
- Slight redness and/or slight itching
- Minimal pain and tenderness
These reactions usually disappear a few days after the treatment. It is important to note however that reactions will vary from person to person.
Dermal fillers are long lasting but are not are not permanent. It will also depend on the type of filler your medical professional has used. It’s important to note that to maintain the results, you will need to have further treatment every 6 to 24 months.
The duration the dermal filler lasts for will depend on your:
- Skin type
- Skin condition
It’s important to note that your treatment area can stay red or swollen for a short time after the injections. Most patients will not need any downtime to recover.
In some rare cases there is a slight risk of hypersensitivity reaction or an allergic reaction with filler being used. To prevent any possible allergy complications it is highly recommended that a skin sensitivity test be undertaken.
Numbness, swelling, and redness of the treated area may commonly occur after the dermal filler treatment. This is not a complication; it is just the body’s normal reaction and they will disappear in a few hours or a few days.
Other complications include the formation of bumps, nodules, granulomas, cysts, or irregularities at the injection site. While there is a risk of infection occurring, this is extremely rare.
To reduce any risks and complications it is very important to choose a qualified and highly trained Cosmetic Doctor or Cosmetic Nurse.
How to find the best dermal filler providers in Australia
Over recent years there has been an influx of non-medical clinics that on occasion use ‘counterfeit injectables’ that have the potential to cause serious reactions. This is why it’s very important to choose an experienced, qualified and reputable practitioner.
While the procedure does not seem complex, it requires skill, precision and knowledge.