When you think of aging you skin, you think of wrinkles, and many of us aren’t at all happy when they begin to appear! Dermal fillers have become an increasingly popular choice for treating wrinkles and other signs of skin ageing to bring a youthful look back to your face. We’ve put together a what, how, why guide to run you through all the information you need to know if dermal fillers are right for you.
What are dermal fillers?
A dermal filler is an injectable solution which is used to defy signs of ageing such as wrinkles, lines, loss of suppleness and elasticity. They are usually made from hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring substance that your body produces to maintain your skin’s hydration. It is injected into the areas of the face and fights against the signs of skin-ageing by providing volume to the soft tissue of your face. This process helps to give your skin fuller and more youthful appearance.
How do dermal fillers work?
Hyaluronic acid, which is used in most dermal fillers, is a molecule that acts like a magnet for moisture. Maintaining moisture levels in your skin is so vital because the body no longer produces collagen and elastin as we get older. These are the two proteins which work together to keep your skin firm and elastic. As their levels drop, the skin begins to fall victim to gravity, causing lines from where it sags. When we apply hyaluronic acid to the areas that have been affected by this, it volumizes them and helps them to resist against sagging. This removes the wrinkles and lines by filling out the tissue and smoothing the surface. As the solution in the filler encourages natural water to these areas, they also look more hydrated which returns a youthful glow.
The way that hyaluronic acid works means that it’s the best option for static lines – these are the lines which you can see without moving the muscles in your face. However, different dermal fillers will be used for different static lines in the face. When it comes to uplifting nasolabial folds around the cheeks, for example, a thicker filler will be used to provide suitable support for the tissue around the cheekbones. On the other hand, if you’re looking to remove the same lines around the mouth, a thinner filler will be applied as the skin and tissue around this area is thinner.
Why choose dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are a fantastic way of defying the skin-ageing process and recapturing a youthful look to your face. They work by filling out your facial tissue and encouraging hydration which smooths out the skin and gives it a fuller appearance. There are many benefits to using this kind of treatment:
- It is a non-evasive treatment with very little recovery time needed
- Results are non-permanent, giving you the choice to continue or cease your treatment
- They are cost-effective when compared with other aesthetic treatments
- Unlike other aesthetic treatments, it works for all skin types
- You might already be using hyaluronic acid (it’s probably disguised as HA on the label of some of your skincare products)
- It doesn’t reduce movement in the face, allowing you to remain your natural expression