Dermal Fillers

Aging is an inevitable and natural process and the cosmetic market is flooded with a plethora of products and procedures that can delay signs as age progresses. Most of the visible signs of aging can be traced back to volume loss, and Dermal Fillers is a non-invasive method to replace lost volume. More that 1 million men and women annually go for this popular facial rejuvenation treatment which can be a cost-effective way to look younger without going under the knife.

Dermal Fillers are soft, gel-like substances that are injected under the skin. They can address a number of common concerns including smoothing of deep under-eye circles, improving symmetry among facial features lifting of cheekbones, restoring volume to sunken cheeks or temples volumization of the lips, smoothing of lip lines and nasolabilal folds (the creases that run from the side of the nose to the corners of the mouth), and rejuvenation of the hands. Dermal Fillers are perfectly safe and designed for subtlety as these materials eventually dissolves and metabolizes into the skin tissue after about 6 months to 1 year.

Dermal fillers can be composed of a variety of substances, some naturally occurring and some synthetic. The doctor will work with each person and recommend the most appropriate one based on the person’s skin type, age and other factors, also considering the effect that the person wants to achieve. Let’s look at the types of Dermal Fillers;

Hyaluronic Acid –

Hyaluronic Acid is a natural component of the skin’s connective tissue. Its safety and effectiveness have made it the most common filler used in cosmetic facial procedures. Thanks to its ability to store moisture, hyaluronic acid can give the skin a plump, hydrated look.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite

Calcium hydroxylapatite treats deeper wrinkles and skin folds and can help to contour the jaw line and restore volume in and around the cheeks. These injections may last up to three years when used to fill wrinkles and up to one year when used for contouring.

Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA) –

This filler consists of microspheres suspended in a collagen-based gel. The gel provides immediate volume that lifts the skin to soften wrinkles and acne scars.

Poly-L-lactic Acid

Originally developed to treat severe facial wasting in HIV infection, this treatment is now used to address facial aging. Injections last up to two years.

Human Fat

The doctor may harvest fat from the person’s own body and reinject it to enhance facial fullness, fill in deep creases and build up shallow contours. Fat injections are unpredictable in how long they last, and vary from patient to patient and location of injection.

Many are starting Dermal Filler injections even younger than 30 and cosmetic surgeon are of the opinion that starting relatively young may have benefits. The best part about Dermal Fillers is that the results can be adjusted as per need. A board certified doctor can inject additional filler for balance, or it can be dissolved altogether. There is even an enzyme that can be injected into the area to dissolve Hyaluronic acid fillers. Dermal Fillers cannot be administered during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or if the patient is battling a sinus infection. It is also not advisable to get filler right before a teeth cleaning or other dental treatment. In the right hands, Dermal Fillers is an effective cosmetic procedure to keep signs of aging at bay.

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