What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are a broad range of specially developed, gel-like substances that are injected directly under the skin. Their main purposes are to restore lost volume, to add structure and definition, to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and to give the skin an intense moisturising boost.
How Can Dermal Fillers Enhance My Appearance?
Dermal fillers act to restore the balance, symmetry and youthful proportions of the face. By adding volume and providing additional structure to the scaffolding of the skin, we can lift drooping areas and tighten folds and creases.
Popular targeted treatments for dermal fillers are:
• Adding definition and enhancing the size of the lips
• Filling out sagging, gaunt cheeks
• Reducing eye bags and dark circles of the tear trough area
• Lifting drooping eyelids and brows
• Reshaping the nose reducing humps, bumps and drooping
• Reducing or removing stubborn lines and wrinkles
• Lifting sagging creases and folds of the mouth, nose and jaw area
• Improving facial balance with reshaping of the chin, nose and jawline and cheeks
What Are Dermal Fillers Made From?
At NEO Health Clinic, we only use non-permanent, high-quality dermal fillers that are based on the naturally occurring substances, hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA). Both of these ingredients are either found, or mimic substances that are found, naturally in the body.
Different fillers are suitable for different areas of the face and body. The exact filler you will receive will depend on the treatment you will get. Typical names include Juvederm, Teosyal and Restylane. These fillers are naturally broken down by the body over time and can also be dissolved with a dissolving substance, if necessary.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar naturally found and produced by many tissues of the body. From hydration to mechanical protection, its natural functions vary greatly. The greatest amount of hyaluronic acid is found in the skin. Here, it is important for the production of new cells and tissues, for providing support to the scaffolding blocks of the skin and for controlling the balance of nutrients and moisture. As we age, the levels of hyaluronic acid naturally decrease. Replacing these reduced levels with hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers produces the anti-ageing, rejuvenating effects that has made them so popular today.
How Long Do Fillers Last?
The level of activity in the area injected with filler largely determines how quickly the product will be broken down. Areas with low level of activity, like under the eyes, will last longer whilst areas of high movement, like the lips, will be broken down quicker. The amount of filler used will also determine how long results last. Areas like the cheek are dense and so more filler can be safely injected, which will naturally take longer to breakdown completely.
Are Fillers Safe?
Fillers are a well-tolerated substance with a high safety profile. Each of the products we use has gone through vigorous clinical testing, and research to further improve their benefits is still ongoing today.
We also have a high level of regulation in our clinic. All procedures are only performed by highly trained medical professionals within the setting of our aesthetic clinic. We perform thorough, in-depth consultations before all treatments to fully-inform patients of the upcoming procedure and risks, and to manage expectations.
Dermal fillers can safely be applied to most patients. Those not suitable for dermal fillers include those with a history of reactions to dermal fillers, those with bleeding disorders, pregnant or breastfeeding women or those with known allergies to the ingredients of fillers.