What are Dermal Fillers?
Our bodies naturally produce collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid to support our skin and other structures, but this capacity slows down due to ageing among many other causes, and the rate of breakdown of these begins to overtake their production. As we age, we experience loss of collagen, bone mass and subcutaneous fat which changes the youthful appearance of the face. Fillers can address some of these concerns when used appropriately.
A dermal filler is a clear smooth injectable gel containing hyaluronic acid, which is designed to replace the hyaluronic acid you have lost. It does this by filling the space of volume loss which improves folds and wrinkles, as well as attracting water to replenish moisture in your skin. It can also improve the look of bone loss when using the appropriate filler on areas like the temples, cheek bones and chin among others. Some fillers can induce collagen production and improve skin laxity, leading to a positive impact on the general health of the skin.
Dermal filler injections are non-surgical and are typically completed during a clinic visit. Your initial treatment will begin with a consultation, during which you will meet with your doctor to discuss your concerns and goals. A personal treatment plan will be tailor made for you based on your doctor’s assessment to meet your goals realistically.
How long do fillers last for?
This usually depends on the area of treatment, the type of filler used, the amount, and the patient. To maintain your results, your cosmetic doctor will simply repeat the treatment, adjusting the amount and techniques as necessary to ensure optimal results. The effects of the fillers will wear off after months or years. As an indication, softer fillers, like those used in the lips, last 6-9 months. Fillers used in the temples or chin can last 2-3 years or beyond.
Do I see immediate results after treatment?
Dermal fillers are instant, so you can see a visible result immediately after injection. It takes up to 4 weeks for the filler to fully integrate into the tissue.