What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are slightly different than Botox. Fillers help decrease facial creases and restore fullness to the face. Subcutaneous fat is lost as we age and facial muscles work closer to the skin surface giving results to crow’s feet, smile lines and stretching of facial skin which causes evident loss of facial volume. Dermal fillers are a way to get back your youthfulness with increase in facial volume.
The material used in dermal filler is Hyaluronan or Hyaluronic acid which is an injectable soft tissue filler augmentation agent. The filler is injected to fill the area under the skin and the quantity of injections depends on the type of results that have to be achieved. You may return to work immediately after the treatment, however, often it is recommended to stay away from sun and strenuous activities for some time thereafter. Dermal fillers predominantly augment the appearance of aging skin by filling wrinkles, deep lines and creases, filling thin and wrinkled lips, improving scars, plumping cheeks and contouring jaw line and face.
There is generally no or limited pain during the treatment. Even then, a gentle anaesthetic cream or an anaesthetic injection can help numb the area before treatment if so required.
There are no side effects to this treatment and any other mild swelling or redness if observed, resolves itself within 24 hours.
The results last anywhere from 5 to 12 months depending on the choice of filler, the area being injected and the technique used.
Types of fillers
- Hyaluronic fillers: Hyaluronic fillers can help stimulate the body’s own production of collagen and reduce lines and wrinkles naturally over a period of time. These fillers include Captique, Juvederm, Perlane, Belotero Balance, Elevess and Restylane.
- Synthetic fillers: As the name suggests these do not contain any natural substances and are prepared artificially in a lab. These definitely do have a long lasting effect. The fillers include Sculptra, Radiesse and Silicone.
- Autologous Fillers: Body fat accumulated in your own body in the areas of stomach and thighs are removed, treated and then injected into the necessary area. Vampire lifts or platelet-rich plasma injections are a type of autologous volumizer where blood is drawn from the arm, treated and then injected into the face.