Dermal fillers are ideal for instantly enhancing your looks in a natural way. They work by adding volume and smoothing out lines, folds and wrinkles. You can also enhance your lips with the use of dermal fillers.
There are a variety of different fillers available, which differ in molecular structure, content and duration. Restylane is the longest established non animal filler.
Restylane, Belotero and Juvederm Ultra are all made from Hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a natural substance which is found is all forms of life, its most important function is to bear and bind water. HA is a large structural molecule that provides structural support to the skin. In the skin, collagen and HA work together to provide youthful resilience, texture and shape. In summary, the skins ability to counter effects of time is largely due to HA and collagen.
How does this work?
The technique involves introducing the product into the skin using a series of tiny injections. The filler acts as a scaffolding to gently plump up the skin and hence reduce your wrinkles. Each product exerts gentle pressure from below and gives your skin layers back their natural elasticity. All HA dermal fillers are compatible with skins own HA. As time passes the filler product gradually disintegrates usually 4-12 months) and further treatment may be desired.
What can be treated?
Virtually all dermal fillers can be used in most facial areas, generally speaking wherever wrinkles occur. However discuss with your aesthetic practitioner your specific requirements and they will recommend the most suitable dermal filler.
Who performs the treatment?
The treatment will be performed by an experienced aesthetic nurse. Modern fillers do not require skin tests so usually treatment can be carried out following consultation if desired, however a cooling off period is recommended. But immediate treatment can be arranged if the client desires this.
After the treatment you may experience redness, soreness, swelling, itching, discolouration and tenderness at the injection site. This typically subsides within a day or two. Bruising can occur although this is uncommon. Other reactions are rare. Hypersensitivity reactions with longer lasting redness and swelling have been reported, these tend to settle over a few months.
Are there any other treatments that may help?
Good skincare regime and products containing retinoids or antioxidants, plus at least a SPF 20. Healthy diets paired with regular exercise and keep well hydrated.
Botox is widely used to soften dynamic lines affecting the upper face, see the Botox heading for further information.
Duration: from 10 minutes upwards Cost: Price on Consultation