What Exactly Are Dermal Fillers?
If you want to keep a youthful and radiant appearance, there’s a whole host of cosmetic treatments which can help.
You may have heard of Botox, but what about dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers can be used with or without Botox but can be used in a variety of different ways to roll back the years, and to get rid of minor imperfections. Here’s the lowdown on dermal fillers with everything you need to know.
When Are Dermal Fillers Used?
Dermal fillers are an incredibly versatile treatment and can be used on the face to correct a diverse range of imperfections.
Deep lines are the perfect candidates for dermal fillers, such as those which run between the nose and the mouth, the so-called “laughter lines”. The small lines around the mouth, typically caused by smoking, also respond well to dermal fillers.
Hollows under the eyes, loss of volume in the cheeks or temples and indents in the skin (such as chicken pox scars) can all be corrected with dermal fillers. Aging causes loss of fat pads in the skin; plumping with dermal fillers provides a more youthful appearance.
Dermal fillers can also be used for lip augmentation, either to add volume or to change the overall shape.
What Are They Made From?
Dermal fillers come in a variety of different forms but they can be broadly grouped into two distinct types: natural and synthetic.
Fillers with a natural base are used widely, with one of the most well-known forms being hyaluronic acid, and tend to last between three and 18 months. Very well tolerated, side effects can occur but it’s pretty rare for there to be a significant problem. Most people will need to have at least one top up within 12 months of having their treatment.
Synthetic fillers are less common and tend to last longer, often being referred to as semi-permanent. This may sound like a more preferable option but if you don’t like the results or want to change how you look, it’s much more difficult.
What’s The Difference Between Dermal Fillers And Botox?
Botox is arguably one of the most well-known cosmetic treatments but although it also treats wrinkles, it works in a very different way to dermal fillers.
Only wrinkles which have been caused by muscle movement respond to Botox; this is because it works by freezing the muscle responsible. Dermal fillers can treat all kinds of wrinkles, as well as other skin imperfections, and doesn’t freeze the muscles.
Because the action of Botox and dermal fillers are so different, they are used often together as complementary treatments to achieve a more dramatic outcome.
Get Professional Advice Today
If you’re considering getting dermal fillers you should always use a clinic where you’re offered a free consultation with an aesthetician before going ahead. This gives you the chance to ask any questions and to make sure you have the opportunity to explain the look you’re trying to achieve.