Understanding Dermal Fillers: Types, Uses, and Recovery Process
Dermal fillers are an increasingly popular cosmetic treatment for those seeking to restore a youthful appearance. In this comprehensive post, I will explain and help you understand the types of dermal fillers, their uses, and the recovery process.
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What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable substances used to fill in wrinkles, lines, folds and hollow areas on the face, providing volume and fullness to the skin.
As we age, our skin loses its natural elasticity and collagen production, leading to sagging skin and the formation of wrinkles. Dermal fillers can help combat these signs of ageing by adding volume to the treated areas and stimulating collagen production.
There are several types of dermal fillers available, each with its unique properties and applications. Some common types include:
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance in our skin that helps maintain its hydration and volume. HA fillers, have now expanded in to many brands and sources. However, Restylane and Juvederm, are the most popular choice for Medical Clinicians, due to their safety and ability to integrate seamlessly with the skin and provide long-lasting results. They are commonly used to treat nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and to enhance lips and cheeks.
There are other hyaluronic acid products which can boost the skin condition, such as profhilo and a course is often recommended alongside fillers to increase the time they last.
Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) fillers, such as Radiesse, contain tiny particles of calcium suspended in a gel. These fillers are thicker than HA fillers and can provide longer-lasting results. They are often used for deeper wrinkles and to restore volume in areas like the cheeks and temples.
Poly-L-lactic Acid Fillers
Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) fillers, like Sculptra, work differently from other fillers. Instead of providing immediate volume, they stimulate collagen production in the skin. This results in a gradual, more natural-looking improvement in skin texture and volume. PLLA fillers are often used for deep wrinkles and to restore facial volume lost due to aging.
Understanding Dermal Fillers and different uses.
Dermal fillers can address a wide range of cosmetic concerns, including:
- Filling in deep wrinkles and lines
- Restoring facial volume
- Enhancing lips and cheeks
- Improving the appearance of scars
- Non-surgical nose reshaping
- Correcting facial asymmetry
To determine the best filler for your needs, it is essential to book a consultation with a qualified professional who can assess your skin and discuss your goals.
The Dermal Filler Procedure
The dermal filler procedure is relatively straightforward and can be completed in as little as 20 to 60 minutes. The steps involved are:
- Consultation: I always assess and evaluate your skin and general health and discuss your goals to determine the most suitable filler and treatment plan.
- Preparation: The treatment area is cleansed, and a topical anaesthetic may be applied to minimise discomfort.
- Injection: The dermal filler is carefully injected into the targeted areas using a fine needle or cannula.
- Massage: I may gently massage the treated area to ensure even distribution of the filler.
- Aftercare: You will receive aftercare instructions to help you care for your skin and maximise the results of your treatment.
The recovery process for dermal fillers is typically quick, with most patients able to resume their normal activities immediately after treatment. However, it is essential to follow aftercare instructions to ensure optimal results and minimise potential complications.
What to Expect After Treatment
After receiving dermal fillers, you may experience some temporary side effects, such as:
These side effects usually subside within a few days to a week. Applying cool packs to the treated area and taking over-the-counter pain relievers can help alleviate discomfort. It is also essential to avoid excessive sun exposure, alcohol consumption, and strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours after treatment.
Longevity of Dermal Fillers
The longevity of dermal fillers varies depending on the type of filler used, the area treated, and the individual’s metabolism. In general, hyaluronic acid fillers can last anywhere from 6 to 18 months, calcium hydroxylapatite fillers can last up to 24 months, and poly-L-lactic acid fillers can provide results lasting up to 2 years. Regular maintenance treatments can help maintain your desired results.
Potential Risks and Complications
Although dermal fillers are generally safe, there is always a risk of complications, such as:
- Allergic reactions
- Filler migration
- Lumps or unevenness
- Vascular occlusion
Choosing The Right Practitioner
Selecting a medically qualified and experienced practitioner is essential for achieving the best results and minimising risks.
Cost of Dermal Fillers
The cost of dermal fillers can vary depending on the type of filler used, the number of syringes required, and the practitioner’s expertise and recognised qualifications. It is crucial to consider the overall value of the treatment rather than simply focusing on the cost.
If a clinic or salon is charging less than £150 for dermal fillers beware! Dermal Fillers are available cheaply from un authorised suppliers and may not be genuine. Quality Dermal Fillers will cost the practitioner a lot more than that.
Dermal Fillers licensed as safe for use in the UK are registered with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) they ensure medicines, medical devices and blood components for transfusion meet applicable standards of safety, quality and efficacy.
At Flawless Aesthetic Clinic, I use Restylane which is a Premium Quality Filler and prices per ml are from £230.
Dermal fillers offer a non-surgical, minimally invasive solution for addressing various cosmetic concerns and restoring a more youthful appearance. With the wide range of fillers available, a personalised treatment plan can be tailored to your unique needs and goals.