What are dermal fillers?
Dermal Fillers are also called ‘face fillers’ and are an increasingly popular choice for people seeking a plumper and more youthful smooth looking skin. Dermal fillers are small injections of gel, that are typically made up of hyaluronic acid (a natural component of your body's connective tissue that maintains skins strength and elasticity), to fill in wrinkles and add volume to soft tissue. You can have dermal fillers in different parts of your face; around the eye, cheeks, mouth and jaw line, as well as lip fillers administered directly into the lip tissue.
Dermal fillers work by restoring the volume lost in the areas where it is applied. When this happens, deep-set lines and wrinkles are smoothed, it is important to understand the root cause of wrinkles and deep-set lines, which is our bodies' declining production of collagen and elastin as we age. It is a little-known fact that our production of collagen and elastin declines at a rate of around 2% per year and most of us stop producing them entirely by the time we enter our thirties!
When should you consider Dermal Fillers?
Dermal Fillers and anti-wrinkle injections can minimise the appearance of common signs of ageing, such as fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet and sagging skin. Drooping cheeks, bags around the eyes and even thin lips can all show that we’re not quite as youthful as we used to be, but they can be easily treated using facial aesthetics. Hyaluronic acid is a natural and ideal substance to help increase the plumpness of your skin. At Maison Lutétia Clinics in Dubai, our doctor works closely with you, to get an in-depth understanding of your individual needs and desires, to help you achieve beautiful, natural-looking results. Dermal fillers are used to restore the skin's freshness, fill up wrinkles, define facial features, rebuild, and plump up your facial features across the cheeks, jawline, and the lips, while resolving the asymmetrical shape of your nose.
Is a Dermal Filler suitable for you?
Dermal fillers are safe and used extensively for many years for both men and women of all ages. Do note that the purpose of dermal fillers is to enhance your unique looks to the best extent possible. Dermal filling is not a surgical process; hence it is a cheaper and safer choice. If you want to try out what you look like with enhanced features before you try plastic surgery, this process is the best option that you can consider.
What can you expect during a dermal filler treatment?
Let’s look at what happens before, during and post dermal filler treatment:
It begins with our team conducting a full and complete assessment on your areas of concern, to help you determine the best treatment options for you.
Once all treatment options are discussed with you, a detailed and customised treatment plan is drawn up addressing your concerns, to help you achieve visible, safe and long-lasting results.
Your Dermal Filler treatment begins by ensuring you are first comfortably seated in a reclined cosmetic bed. A series of small injections are made into areas requiring correction or an increase in volume. The procedure is quick and pain-free, and even the slightest discomfort is resolved quickly after the treatment is completed.
The areas to be injected are cleansed with a non-alcohol antiseptic cleanser. Before the treatment commences, our nurse will map out the areas to be treated to ensure maximum accuracy in treatment for the very best results.
A topical anesthetic is applied prior to treatment when performing all filler treatments, to numb the areas being treated, which include the lips and cheeks.
Things to be aware of, post your treatment:
- You might have temporary redness and swelling around the injected area (will stay on for 24 hours).
- Your nurse will apply healing creams to help reduce the redness.
- You will be placed under a calming and healing LED Infrared Light Therapy to further assist in the post treatment healing process.
- If you have received a dental anesthetic for lip fillers, the numbness will diminish around the treated area within 2 hours.
Make sure to:
- Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours
- Avoid exposure of the treated area/s to intense heat
- Avoid pressure to the area/s treated for 24 - 48 hours
- Avoid alcohol for a day
- Avoid external and internal intake: AHA, Vitamin C or oil-based makeup for a day
- Avoid facials, waxing, or laser-based treatments two weeks after treatment
- Avoid massage area/s treated unless instructed
What are the types of dermal fillers?
- Hyaluronic acid, which is a natural component of the skin's connective tissue commonly used for wrinkles
- Calcium hydroxylapatite
- Fat grafting
- Permanent soft tissue filler
- Poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra)
Are dermal fillers safe and effective?
Just like any medical procedure, when it comes to dermal fillers, there’s always a risk on the side that makes you vulnerable to infection, discoloration, and lumps if injections are not performed correctly.
They are generally safe, if you have your injections performed by a reputed doctor, so it’s important to know the background and experience of the doctor before commencing treatment. Every practitioner has a different approach and a whole new level of experience, so do keep this in mind while arriving at realistic expectations and results before you go in for treatment.
Since dermal fillers are largely expensive, a lot of people go in for sourcing cheaper options such as self-injecting fillers which are highly dangerous. Remember that choosing fillers like these in order to save money leave you with fake, contaminated, or harmful options with dangerous chemicals. When injected, these substances can cause allergic reactions, infections, and destroy healthy skin cells.
When should you consult the doctor for dermal filling?
When your skin starts showing the effects of visible ageing from facial lines to crow’s feet, it’s time to consider dermal fillers as they help get rid of the lines while restoring the volume and fullness of the face. Dermal fillers are just right when you need to plump up your thin lips, reduce facial creases, improve the look of recessed scars, or decrease the shadow of the lower lids.