What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal Fillers are comprised of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring complex sugar, which resides within the skin and other areas of the body. The role of dermal fillers is to attract water, thereby hydrating, plumping and smoothing the skin.
As we age and with environmental stressors, there is the depletion of hyaluronic acid, as well as gravitational changes to the underlying fat pads in the face. This creates a dry, lax skin, accentuating lines and wrinkles and contributing to facial volume loss.
The aim of dermal fillers is to restore and plump areas of depleted volume, soften facial contours and rejuvenate the facial appearance. However dermal fillers may also be used in younger patients to enhance or define areas of facial attractiveness.
At DermaCare we use the latest next generation of dermal fillers. A smoother gel consistency improves patient comfort and provides a natural result. We choose dermal fillers which are biosynthetic and of non-animal origin, therefore there is no need for a pre-treatment skin test. Dermal filler treatments are used to help soften wrinkles and folds, restore facial volume and create a natural, refreshed appearance.
Dermal Filler Treatment Areas
Areas Treated with Dermal Fillers
Upper Face Area
The most eminent feature of the face is the eye area. As we age, depletion of volume occurs which creates shadowing, lines and wrinkles, causing us to look tired and older than we feel. The tear troughs (hollowing) beneath the eyes may be softened with dermal fillers, restoring a smooth, refreshed appearance.
Mid Face Area
The facial areas which can be treated using dermal fillers include the cheeks, which is a common area for volume loss due to the gravitational changes of the underlying fat pads.
Dermal filler treatment of the cheeks is not only used to restore volume, but may also help to soften the crows feet, and provide support to the lower facial areas affected by gravity. Defining the apex of the cheek also enhances femininity and facial attractiveness.
Lower Face Area
Dermal fillers may also be used to rejuvenate the mouth area, by hydrating and plumping vertical lip lines and reinforcing the lip border; an area quite commonly affected by collagen depletion and sun damage, as well as lifting the corners of the mouth affected by gravitational changes.
Dermal filler treatment of the lip body offers hydration, enhanced volume and femininity to the face.
The nasolabial folds and jowls are also common areas affected by gravitational changes, which can be softened using dermal fillers to help rejuvenate the lower face.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do dermal fillers work?
Dermal fillers are injected into the dermal layer beneath the skin surface, immediately plumping the treatment area.
Over a period of 2-4 weeks, the injected dermal filler will continue to attract water and therefore best results are seen after this time.
Over a period of time, the product will begin to break down and therefore further treatment will be required to maintain results.
Do dermal fillers have any side effects?
Minor side effects post dermal fillers treatment include temporary localised inflammation, including redness, swelling, heat and slight lumpiness at the treatment site.
These symptoms are very normal and will usually subside within a couple of days. There is also the potential for bruising at the treatment site, which is usually easily concealed with makeup.
If you are someone who bruises easily or taking any anti-coagulant medication, you may wish to apply an arnica or hiridoid cream to help speed any bruising.
How long do dermal fillers last?
Similar to anti-wrinkle injections, the longevity of results with dermal fillers depend on a number of individual factors, such as skin quality, hydration, metabolism and degree of muscular use within the treatment area.
At DermaCare we use several types of dermal fillers, which vary in longevity from a minimum of 3 months and up to 18 months duration.
Upon consultation, the medical professional will assess the treatment area before selecting the appropriate dermal filler. Expectations in terms of results and longevity will be discussed with you at this time.
Treatment Comfort for Dermal Fillers
Dermal Filler Post-treatment care
It will generally take between 2-4 weeks for the injected dermal fillers to settle into the treatment area, and therefore important during this time to refrain from massaging, rubbing or applying heavy pressure to the area. At DermaCare you will be scheduled a follow-up appointment 2 weeks post treatment to assess the results. We endeavour to ensure your absolute satisfaction with the treatment outcome.
Dermal Filler Treatment Contraindications
Dermal filler treatments are not suitable if you are pregnant, potentially pregnant or breast feeding.
Not all dermal filler products on the market are compatible, and therefore important you notify DermaCare if and when you have received any other injectable treatment within the area.