Dermal fillers, also known as soft tissue fillers, are injectable substances that are used to add volume to the skin and smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. They are made of various materials, including hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and poly-L-lactic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the body that helps to maintain hydration and volume in the skin. It is the most commonly used filler and is available in several different formulations, including Juvederm and Restylane. These products can be used to add volume to the cheeks, lips, and under the eyes, as well as to smooth out wrinkles and lines around the mouth and nose.
Calcium hydroxylapatite is a synthetic substance that is similar in composition to the mineral found in bones. It is available in the product Radiesse and is used to add volume to the cheeks, jawline, and chin. It can also be used to fill in deep wrinkles and lines around the mouth and nose.
Poly-L-lactic acid is a synthetic material that is used to stimulate collagen production in the skin. Sculptra is the most commonly used poly-L-lactic acid filler. It is injected into the deep dermis and is used to add volume to the cheeks and temples and to smooth out wrinkles and lines around the mouth and nose.
Dermal fillers are non-surgical procedure and can be done in the office. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the areas being treated. The practitioner will clean the area and then inject the filler using a fine needle. A local anesthetic may be used to minimize discomfort.
After the procedure, the treated area may be swollen and bruised for a few days. The practitioner will provide instructions for care, including avoiding strenuous activity, exposure to sun and heat, and alcohol consumption. The results of dermal fillers can last for several months to a year, depending on the type of filler used and the area treated.
Overall, dermal fillers are a popular and effective way to add volume to the skin and smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. They are non-surgical, relatively painless, and have minimal downtime. However, it's important to choose a qualified Dermatologist, as the procedure carries some risks such as infection, bleeding, or allergic reactions. Additionally, it is important to have realistic expectations and understand that results are not permanent.
What areas can be treated with dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that can be used to add volume and fullness to the face. Common areas treated with dermal fillers include:
Lips: To enhance the shape and volume of the lips.
Cheeks: To add volume and lift sagging skin in the cheeks.
Nasolabial folds (lines between the nose and mouth): To smooth out these wrinkles and creases.
Chin: To enhance the shape of the chin and jawline.
Under-eye area: To reduce the appearance of dark circles and hollows.
Forehead: To reduce wrinkles and lines on the forehead.
Dermal fillers are also used to contour and shape the face, like creating a non-surgical facelift, or to enhance and define the cheekbones and jawline.
It's important to note that dermal fillers are not permanent, and the effects typically last for several months to a year, after which the treatment will need to be repeated to maintain the desired results. It's best to consult with a licensed and experienced dermatologist for the best results.