The skin on your face can speak volumes about you. It’s probably the reason behind the saying: the face is the mind’s index. Apart from mirroring your moods, and general health condition, your face is also a good indicator of your age. The most visible changes of aging are apparent on the face. The fresh-looking, vibrant, elastic, and plump facial skin, acts as a barometer of aging, as we transit from youth to middle-age. Wrinkles, and sunken eyes, thinner lips, and saggy skin – are some of the signs of aging. Fortunately for us, with modern technology to the rescue as always, skin rejuvenation treatments are literally coming in as face-savers!
From Cleopatra of ancient Egypt to modern-day cinema stars, history shows us that ageing is a perpetual problem that has been plaguing mankind through the generations. However, it is only over the past few decades that effective treatments for reversing the cosmetic impact of ageing, have evolved Rebuilding fuller lips, laugh lines removal, and dark circles removal, are all part of the facelift treatment protocols. Today, a variety of treatments – topical applications, energy devices such lasers, and injectables like dermal fillers– have made it easy, safe, and convenient to push back the signs of ageing from our faces.
Talking of injectables, dermal fillers are very popular among patients as well as doctors today. Bio-compatible with humans, dermal fillers are easily injectable into the skin surface. Thereafter, these soft, and gel-like substances help in resolving various aesthetics issues on the face, and elsewhere on the body too. Some of the common problems that dermal fillers are routinely used for, include adding volume to thin lips, smoothing the nasolabial folds, and lip lines, filling up hollows under the eyes, and providing lift to drooping cheekbones. They are also used to lend volume to withered, aged-looking hands.
Types of Dermal Fillers
While there are several natural as well as synthetic substances that can be used as dermal fillers, experts usually prefer hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers. Naturally occurring in our skin, hyaluronic acid provides hydration, and volume to our skin. Its presence keeps the skin supple and healthy. Depending upon their chemical composition, the effect of HA fillers can remain for periods of six months and more, before you need to repeat the procedure.
Apart from hyaluronic acid, there are various other substances that are used in dermal fillers. The popular ones include; calcium hydroxyapatite, polymethyl methacrylate, poly-L-lactic acid, and autologous fat.
Calcium hydroxyapatite: Found naturally in human bones, and considered safe for us, this mineral-like substance has for long been used in dental and reconstructive plastic surgery.
Poly-L-lactic acid: It is a synthetic filler that gradually boosts collagen production. Therefore, the effects can take several months to appear.
Autologous fat: Here, fat harvested from other parts of the body, is transplanted to the treatment area. Since the dermal filler substance is derived from the patient’s body, the question of compatibility does not arise.
Benefits of Dermal Filler Procedures
- Dermal fillers promote long-term production of collagen and elastin
As we age, the production of collagen and elastin in our body tends to slow down. Hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers can help in such situations because they boost output of collagen and elastin, considered the building blocks for young and healthy-looking skin.
- Dermal filler results are fast, remain longer
Expect results very fast – in as less as one to two weeks after you undergo a dermal filler procedure. The bonus is that the results also last for as long as two years – subject to the type of filler and targeted skin area. Dermal filler treatments usually last between fifteen minutes and one hour. So they are very convenient, allowing you to get a treatment during your lunch break!
- Dermal fillers can be combined with other treatments
Often, dermal fillers are combined with Botox treatment to create more realistic results. Similarly, fillers can also be used along with intense pulsed light treatment for rejuvenation of the skin, resulting in significant boost in results.
Busting the Misconceptions on Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are useful to refine your face shape and contours, bringing back its original youthful looks. Ironically, despite establishing their credentials as safe and effective options for facial rejuvenation, some common misconceptions about dermal fillers lead to confusion in our minds.
Misconception 1: Botox and dermal fillers are similar products
Despite belonging to the genre of cosmetic injectable treatments, Botox and dermal fillers are different products that have different outcomes. Botox is a muscle relaxant that is used to reduce the severity of dynamic wrinkles, for example, crow’s feet, frown lines and forehead lines. On the other hand, dermal fillers such as hyaluronic acid, are essentially used to replenish the age-related volume depletion from certain areas of the face. Fillers can also be used to reshape facial features such as the jawline, chin, nose and lips.
Misconception 2: Fillers make us look unnatural
Don’t get misled by pictures of aging Hollywood stars. In the right hands, dermal filler procedures can deliver flawless outcomes with the patient sporting a natural look. It also depends upon the quantity of filler used for the treatment. Normally, dermal filler dosages average between one and three syringes, and so anything within this range should usually not cause any undesirable effects.
Misconception 3: Fillers can lift the face.
Although dermal fillers are great for adding volume and giving definition to facial features, they cannot be with surgical facelifts. This is because surgery attempts to repair sagging skin by targeting the deeper tissues. Dermal fillers on the other hand are used to target the areas just below the epidermis.
Misconception 4: Fillers are made out of toxins or silicon
Fillers such as hyaluronic acid are perfectly safe for human use. This is because hyaluronic acid is present naturally in our bodies. Therefore, there is nothing toxic about it. In fact, hyaluronic acid helps the skin retain moisture and contributes suppleness to the skin. Similarly, other dermal fillers like Calcium hydroxyapatite are derived from human bones, and therefore safe enough to inject into our bodies.
Misconception 5: Fillers must be replaced frequently
Actually, facial fillers can last for several months at a stretch. Specialists usually recommend filler procedures as an annual ritual, for maintaining that vibrant year throughout the year.
Welcome back to young, happy skin!
In the complex world of skin rejuvenation treatments, it’s easy to see why dermal fillers are a popular – simple, safe, fast, and long-lasting. Of course, the right doctor can make the difference. Make sure you consult an experienced and trusted doctor and take your first step towards rejuvenated and youthful skin.
For a facial assessment and consult, speak to our doctors at Ensoul Medical Clinic for more information.