Dermal Fillers have become a popular cosmetic treatment in the UK (and worldwide) with the ability to reduce lines and wrinkles, signs of ageing, and even give distinction in bone structure or face shape.
Dermal fillers are known for their incredible anti-ageing affects and the visible and subtle results they can offer in the facial region.
This varies depending on the type of dermal filler you’re having, but generally dermal fillers are small injections of gel, typically made up of hyaluronic acid. The hyaluronic acid is the ‘secret ingredient’ for most types of dermal fillers. Hyaluronic acid (or HA) is known as the body’s natural moisturiser, and it is found naturally occurring in our bodies (even without filler). It helps the body and skin stay moisturised, and keeps skin looking full, plumped and firm too. Dermal fillers are synthetic (but identical) formulations of the HA our bodies produce.
From this, it’s understandable why injecting hyaluronic acid into areas of our bodies that are lacking plumpness, or firmness is such a good solution. As we get older, our bodies naturally produce less and less HA, (which is often what can lead to wrinkles and fine lines) so dermal fillers with hyaluronic acid are a fantastic way to counteract these signs of ageing.
You can have dermal fillers in different parts of your face: around the eyes, cheeks, mouth and jawline, as well as lip fillers administered directly into the lip tissue to achieve different looks and achieve different anti-ageing affects. We’ll discuss these treatments in more detail later on.
Receiving dermal fillers is minimally invasive (just a small injection) so it will not be too painful. Some doctors may number the area before injecting – which would reduce the pain even further.
There is little (to no) recovery time required, and most people go back to work after their appointment. Bruising is uncommon, but in rare cases someone with sensitive skin might experience slight bruising around the injection site, but that will fade in 1-2 weeks.
Because of the lack of pain and lack of recovery time, dermal fillers are a fantastic choice for anti-ageing – especially amongst those who don’t want to undergo surgery such as facelifts.
The most common place for people to receive dermal fillers is in the facial region. It’s often the face where people notice signs of ageing the most, and where wrinkles, fine lines or sunken skin seem most obvious. This is why dermal fillers are used as anti-wrinkle treatments.
Here are some of the most popular dermal filler treatments:
Tear trough: This is where dermal fillers are carefully injected into the area below your eyes, that are often referred to as ‘eye bags’. It helps reduce the aged / sunken appearance and can restore a more youthful look.
Crows feet: Crows feet is how people often refer to their eye wrinkles / fine lines. These lines can be reduced and softened using dermal filler, without freezing the muscle (which is what Botox does).
Smile line softening: Lip enhancement: Plump full lips are often a desirable trait, and often something we associate with being youthful too. Lip fillers can provide this look easily and quickly, and this is a hugely popular treatment option.
Cheek enhancement: Plump and prominent cheekbones are extremely desirable, and dermal fillers can help people slightly change their perceived bone structure, without actually undergoing surgery. This can give people a more defined or balanced face structure, and give them a youthful glow too.
Nose reshaping: Dermal fillers can also be used as an alternative to traditional ‘nose job’ surgery. In some cases, dermal fillers can be injected into the nose to balance and give a smoother (and more even) shape. This is a popular treatment as it requires much less recovery time than a traditional nose job, and is much cheaper too.
Smile line softening: Many people are self conscious of their smile lines around their mouth and nose, worrying that it makes them appear older. Smile line fillers can soften these lines and help smooth out the skin surface giving a more youthful appearance.
The end goal with most treatment using dermal filler is to make the patient look more youthful, and to reduce unwanted lines or wrinkles. But the great thing about dermal filler, is that it can be used to add shape and definition too. Because it can also be used in place of surgery – it proves to be a popular choice amongst many age groups and budgets.
The duration of your dermal filler, depends on the type of dermal filler used. There are permanent fillers available, however most practitioners will use temporary dermal fillers instead, and with these, the end result can last between 6 – 18 months. After which, you can either get a top up treatment, or choose to leave you face natural again.
Temporary dermal fillers are also reversible (which is a big advantage) as it means if at any point you want them removed, you can with no issues.
If you’d like to speak to someone about receiving dermal filler, we’d love to hear from you and assist you with any questions or queries you might have. With any cosmetic procedures or treatments it’s important to discuss your options with a professional, and our team are always happy to help.
We look forward to hearing from you about your dermal filler soon!