About Dermal Filler
What are dermal fillers ? – Dermal fillers are natural or synthetic gels that are injected into the skin to volumize, lift and improve the appearance of lines. Majority of dermal fillers are completely biodegradable and temporary however there are some permanent fillers available as well. Although the idea of a more permanent filler may seem more appealing to a patient, they are generally associated with more complications and longer term problems and rarely used in practice.
What is hyaluronic acid ? – Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar chain molecule found in all skin and soft tissues throughout the body, identical across species. It attracts and binds water in the skin, providing volume and hydration, and also‘cushioning’ and supporting collagen and elastin fibres .
How does it work ? – Dermal fillers are injected directly into the skin to provide instant correction.
Does it hurt ? – Many dermal fillers contain local anaesthetic to provide pain relief during the procedure although some practitioners may apply a topical anaesthetic cream or ice prior to treatment to numb the skin.
The procedure may be uncomfortable but is not usually painful. Certain areas, such as the lips, are more sensitive.
Treatment areas –
- To correct or enhance facial contours; cheeks, temples, jawline, nose, chin
- To define, correct or enhance lips
- To soften and correct facial wrinkles or folds
- To improve the tone, texture and hydration of the skin