Dermal fillers first made their mark back in 1981, using cosmetic collagen. Initially, bovine collagen was the only injectable filler on the market, however, today we have access to a range of new products at our disposal to smooth and shape all areas of the face including laugh lines, nasolabial folds, under-eye hollows and more.
Dermal fillers, also known as liquid facelifts, provide a gentler alternative to cosmetic surgery. It works by adding volume to folds by raising depressed areas to the same level as the surrounding skin, thus reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles instantly.
What You Should Know About Dermal Fillers
When deciding to get dermal fillers, there are a few things you should know.
- What fillers will be used?
As mentioned, there are several dermal filler products on the market, all offering their own unique benefits. Ideally, you should discuss the various options with your Medical Aesthetic Practitioner before making a decision. The following dermal filler options are available:
Hyaluronic Acid – Hyaluronic acid is made from sugars found naturally in the body, which retain water to add volume to the skin. It looks natural and typically lasts for a year, except for the first treatment, which usually only lasts 6 months.
Calcium-Based Fillers – Calcium injectables contain calcium hydroxyapatite microsphere that provide long-lasting (up to 18 months) smoothness for deep folds.
Poly-L Lactic Acid – Made from the same material as resorbable stitches, results last up to two years. The process is more suited to larger areas and it requires up to four separate injections, spaced several weeks apart.
Collagen – Collagen production diminishes with age, but collagen dermal fillers provide a solution for keeping your skin soft and supple. It fills lines and camouflages scars. Your skincare professional will first administer an allergy test, as some people are allergic to bovine collagen. However, you may also opt for a synthetic human collagen which should not cause an allergic response.
Fat Dermal Fillers – If you undergo liposuction, you may opt to use your own body fat to fill in facial wrinkles. This process does pose certain risks.
- Who can inject dermal fillers?
Ultimately, only a trained dermatologist or other skincare professional can help determine whether dermal fillers are right for you, and which type is best for your needs. Each option comes with potential side effects, so be sure to do your homework and weigh the risks vs. rewards.
Speak to a professional medical skin therapist at a reputable skin clinic and med spa for the best advice.
- How do I choose my skin therapist?
When you visit a reputable skin clinic or med spa, you will be referred to their professionally qualified in-house RN Advanced Injector, who will explain the various options, and as applicable, ensure safe implementation of treatment plans.