Dermal Fillers Review
Injectable dermal fillers are being widely used to help fill in those areas in one’s complexion that have been somewhat damaged with the passing of time. All sorts of dermal fillers have been developed by several cosmetic companies over time. The first commercial fillers were made of substances of animal origin, usually bovine. These days however, synthetic alternatives have appeared that have proved to be safer and more efficient.
What Dermal Fillers Do
Unlike Botox injections that freeze the muscle so as to diminish the amount and size of facial lines, injectable dermal fillers work by providing volume in those areas that have lost it. Thanks to the latest advances in the bio cosmetic industry dermal fillers have now become safer and less invasive. In the past, dermal fillers remained in the body for years and generally “fell down” to the bottom of the face, causing a jowl. Modern fillers however are biodegradable, this means that they will eventually degrade as months go by. These days, fillers are useful for restoring a natural expression, thus providing youthfulness and freshness to your skin.
Most dermal fillers now make use of a substance known as hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally-occurring carbohydrate, found in the tissue parts of our body. Synthetically produced, the substance has been proven to be highly effective.
Dermal Filler Positives
With the passing of time, the natural sources of skin collagen tend to deplete, thus giving way to skin sagginess or those dreaded “bags”. Dermal fillers have been found to be effective when it comes to plumping up or volumising those areas. The areas that benefit the most from this type of treatment are cheeks, under-eyes, temples, nasolabial folds, jawlines, thin lips and even hands. Results are immediate and usually last for several months (6 months to 2 years).
Practical and Convenient
As opposed to more invasive surgical treatments, the use of dermal fillers is fast and simple to carry out. Each session takes about 30 minutes; nonetheless, duration depends on the type of correction needed, the patient and other medical considerations.
Rejuvenation techniques that make use of dermal fillers are on average, much less expensive than surgical facelifts. However, costs may vary greatly depending on the type of filler, brand or your cosmetic skin specialist.
Patients are recommended not to do any strenuous physical exercise on the day of the treatment. Also, direct heat or cold exposure should also be avoided. Other than this, no other care is necessary. You can go back to your regular exercise routine the day after the session.
Dermal Fillers Negatives
Even when a numbing gel is used to minimise discomfort, most people say that the feeling, albeit tolerable, is uncomfortable. The same goes for the injection process, many people feel uneasy when the fine needles are being introduced into their skin. After the anesthetic effect is over, discomfort may continue for up to 7 days after treatment.
Despite being uncommon, some unwanted dermal filler side effects can be expected: redness, swelling, tenderness, bruising –which is more common- and numbness. A small percentage of patients have reported lumps and firm areas for some time after the treatment.
Some brands of dermal fillers cannot be dissolved or broken down by using Hyaluronidase enzyme because they are not made with Hyaluronic acid and will therefore not be degraded.
A Final Thought
Any future cosmetic decision should be carefully considered and discussed with a fully-certified skin professional. Above all, it is important that you are able to understand how dermal fillers work, what to expect and whether this is the right treatment for your case.