Dermal fillers are the second most popular method of non-surgical treatment (after Botox), so chances are, if you’re looking to smooth out wrinkles or get a full, youthful look in your cheeks or lips, this is an option your cosmetic clinic will discuss with you.
The procedure is simple: after the skin is cleaned and target areas are marked out by the surgeon, dermal fillers are injected into the places where a patient wants their face filled-out or wrinkles reduced.
Are you thinking about trying dermal fillers? We’ve put together a list of five things that you need to understand:
1. Not all dermal fillers are identical
They may all have the same name, but there are a number of different kinds of dermal fillers. Before you decide to have a series of dermal filler injections, you’ll need to decide with your physician which filler you’ll have and undergo the relevant allergy tests.
There are three kinds of dermal fillers:
Human fat: where a surgeon takes fat from an area of your body, cleans it, and re-injects it into your chosen area.
Collagen: This is found in human skin and cow-derived products. If you’re being treated with bovine collagen, you’ll need allergy testing beforehand.
Hyaluronic acid: Hyaluronic acid is a substance that occurs naturally in the connective tissues around the human eye. When injected it inflates the tissues, and is commonly used in the cheeks to replace lost fat or to fill in lines or wrinkles.
2. Who are dermal fillers for?
There’s no ideal age to get dermal fillers, and patients can range in age from 30 to about 60. Because the procedure is quick, with no anaesthesia involved, it’s a popular procedure for those that want some cosmetic treatment without the long recovery time of a facelift. Sometimes however, patients with older skin might be disappointed if their skin has lost too much elasticity to be effective.
3. Lip fillers don’t mean ‘trout pout’
The degree of difference you can expect should be carefully established with your dermatologist beforehand, and the results achieved with dermal fillers can be really subtle. In fact, some of the examples of ‘trout pout’ that people are afraid of were created using the older (and completely different) method of silicone injections, not dermal fillers.
4. What happens if you don’t like the results?
Of course, as with all facial treatments, there is a risk you won’t be happy with your results. But, we have good news! The effects of some dermal fillers (Juvederm and Restylance, for example) can be reversed using hyaluronidase. So, in the unlikely event that you really don’t like your results, all hope is not lost.
5. Dermal fillers don’t last forever
Bad news if you were hoping for a permanent fix to those fine lines. Dermal fillers are naturally broken down over time, so the results you see after the short recovery period (usually 48 hours) won’t last forever. Once it’s settled, you can expect your filler to last about a year.