Dermal fillers - injectables, are used to fill the creases and shadows visible in our skin that develop due to intrinsic and extrinsic ageing. So if you have lines that do not disappear when you relax your face, dermal fillers can be considered to lighten those definitive lines.
Lines and wrinkles?
We equate lines on our faces with ageing. Some put them down to an expressive character. But why do they form?
Lines and wrinkles are caused by many factors, most important ones being that our skins' cell renewal slows down causing older skin cells to stay on the surface for longer, our skin becomes dehydrated, and the structure (or scaffolding) starts to break down.
The result is a sagging effect, a less plump looking effect; lines and wrinkles becoming more visible and pronounced.
As women, we are betrayed by oestrogen at around the age of 40, speeding up this process in comparison to our male counterparts.
Dermal fillers can be used to put the smile back into your smile.
Fillers can be used to:
- fill sunken scars, e.g. acne scars;
- fill out smoker's lines on the lips
- enhance cheekbones, chin for more definition and fullness;
- soften the nasolabial lines (smile lines);
- soften marionette lines;
- raise the brows and enhance the appearance of the eyes;
- plump up lips for a fuller, softer look (lip fillers)
- correct asymmetry and lip deformities;
- fill hollows under the eyes (aka tear troughs) that contribute to the appearance of dark circles;
- correct asymmetry of the dips in and around the nose bridge
- Did you know that dermal fillers can instantly rejuvenate your hands?
The main difference between the injectables on the market would be the viscosity. The degree of viscosity used by the experienced practitioner is dependent on the area to be injected. I.e. cheeks – high viscosity, lips – low viscosity.
Some dermal fillers available are:
Made of hyaluronic acid gel, it is a naturally occurring substance in the skin that contributes to volume and hydration. It is designed to temporarily correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. The product line has a variety of viscosities available; treating from gentle lip enhancements to liquid facelifts.
A non-animal, biodegradable gel composed of hyaluronic acid. It's a soft tissue filler that adds volume to the skin through tiny injections, smoothening facial folds and wrinkles in areas around the mouth and eyes.
An effective and long-lasting filler, consisting of several monophasic hyaluronic acid-based products of non-animal origin, which are highly biocompatible, offering immediate and long-lasting results. It is visco-elastic to maintain the skin's elasticity and form a dense, interlocking mesh.
Dermal fillers can last from 8 months to 2 years, depending on the product used.
Immediate complications of fillers include bruising, bleeding and swelling, which usually dissipate within minutes or hours. Rare cases of allergic reactions have been documented.
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