Dermal fillers offer an option to those who want to reverse the visible effects of aging without the risks and downtime of plastic surgery. Sometimes referred to as "liquid facelifts," fillers are injected just below the surface of the skin to erase lines and wrinkles, enhance lips, and fill in scars.
Because they add volume to firm the skin rather than stretch the skin like a surgical facelift, injectable fillers provide a more natural youthful appearance. Treatments usually take less than an hour, and patients can resume normal activities immediately. Risks are minimal, with the most common negative side effects including swelling, bruising or redness, and tenderness at the injection site.
There are a variety of dermal fillers available, and no one choice is right for every treatment. Collagen is a natural skin-supporting protein derived from human skin or cows. Hyaluronic acid also occurs naturally in the body and adds shape and volume to the skin by trapping water in the tissue. The injectable form is not derived from animal sources. Calcium hydroxylapatite is a mineral-like compound found naturally in human bones, and is effective in filling in deep frown lines and laugh lines. Some patients choose to have their own fat, harvested from their bodies through liposuction, injected to eliminate the risk of allergic reaction or rejection.
PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) fillers are considered semi-permanent and offer longer-lasting results. They are implanted by a plastic surgeon, and can be removed. PMMA fillers are most often used to treat deep wrinkles and laugh lines, to fill out pitted scars and to augment lips.
No dermal filler is permanent. The frequency of re-treatment depends on how the face continues to age and how the body absorbs the filler used. Without re-treatment, wrinkles, scars and lines will return and plumped up areas will lose their volume
Dermal filler Treatments usually cost from hundreds to thousands of pounds, and depend on the procedure, facility costs, the skills-level of the provider, and costs of medication.
Because of all these factors patients are advised to discuss all types of option with a practitioner to choose the correct treatment for the required results.
Juvederm or Restylane are injectable fillers and are often used for lip augmentation to wrinkle removal.
Usually fillers are used to correct many of cosmetic problems, such as thin lips and puffy under-eyes.
The purpose of using dermal fillers is to take the skin back to its original condition. Sometimes they can create an appearance of youthfulness better than that achieved in a surgical face procedure e.g. a face lift for stretching the skin.
As the skin becomes older elements of the dermis are lost. These include collagen, elastin, and also hyaluronic acid. Collagen supports the skin, and hyaluronic acid adds volume and shape. Dermal fillers offer a perfect solution by re-introducing these lost elements.