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What Are Dermal Fillers?

August 11, 2014 3 Comments Skin

Another quote that comes to mind in regards to facial aging is looking at yourself in the mirror and asking “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” Satchel Paige
 

The Science of Your Skin


 

The reason our skin has that elasticity, tone and texture is down to collagen and elastin which are skin proteins. These proteins hold water in our skin and are the true, naturally occurring skin moisturisers. Before I delve any further I think it would be helpful to present an image of the skin and its various features.
 

Collagen:


 

Collagen forms the structural network of our skin and is the most abundant protein in the body. It gives skin its strength and durability. As we age collagen production begins to deteriorate from about age 25.
 

Hyaluronic Acid:


 

Our very own natural internal moisturiser, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is vital to maintaining the skin’s layers and structure. HA nourishes and hydrates the collagen and elastin that allows the skin to stretch. HA can be found naturally in most every cell in the body with about 50% of the HA in our bodies located in the skin. It occurs naturally in the deeper layers (the dermis), where it helps to keep skin smooth and plump through its amazing ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water!
 

Cosmetic moisturisers cover the skin with a petroleum based layer which is impermeable to water (i.e. it doesn’t allow water to pass through it) which artificially slows the loss of moisture from the skin and gives the skin a temporary appearance of plumpness and fullness.
 

Facial ageing is associated with a gradual thinning of the skin and loss of elasticity over time accompanied by the diminishment of collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin. Ageing of the face is a very gradual process.
 

By replacing some of the lost volume with fillers you can get a great lifting effect. The difference between a young and old face is the loss of volume. Loss of volume is now associated as a fundamental aspect of ageing that can be treated using minimally invasive procedures and products.
 

The facial ageing process itself is accompanied by a profound loss of volume especially in the mid-face. Facial contour changes with age from high cheek bones, sliding fat pads with flattened cheeks, prominent jowls and don’t forget gravity plays its part also. Ageing is not pretty unless you’re George Clooney or Cindy Crawford!


So what are Dermal Fillers?

 

Dermal filler is a synthetic version of your own hyaluronic acid in your skin. These soft tissue fillers can add volume and provide immediate results. They soften and plump lines and wrinkles, restore volume, contour and shape the face, correct asymmetries and help the ageing face to battle the signs of ageing.
 

More specifically Dermal Fillers are a Hyaluronic Acid gel used to treat wrinkles and folds but can also be injected deeper to help lift and volumise cheeks. These are medical devices and must be administered by a qualified medical professional with training and knowledge of the technique and anatomy of the face. The amount of Hyaluronic acid administered depends on the site that is being treated, the severity and loss of volume. When a dermal filler is injected into the skin it adds fullness and reduces the prominence of the wrinkles and folds. The HA attracts and binds water, which helps maintain fullness in the area.
 

What areas of the face can be treated?

  • Moderate to deep frown lines
  • Nose to mouth lines
  • Smoker’s lines Lips
  • Backs of the hands, neck and décolletage
  • Cheekbones and facial contouring

A side note on the lips:


 

I am often asked why our lips dry out? To briefly explain, our lips are made up of the same mucous membrane that coats the inside of our mouths which means they don’t have the same protective outer layer. This layer is part of the barrier to evaporation and its absence means our lip skin retains less fluid. Lips also don’t have the same glands and pigment as ordinary skin.
 

What this means is our lips have little protection from the environment and their main source of moisture is saliva from inside our mouths. Our poor lips are always on display and rarely covered. As a result the moisture on our lips is continually evaporating. Exposure to sun, wind, cold, air conditioning, or if you are sick or have allergies and your nose is blocked your lips end up drying out more quickly because you tend to breathe through your mouth.
 

Before your treatment


 

To prevent bruising avoid Aspirin and Aspirin containing medications, non steroidal anti-inflammatories, (Ibrufen) Omega 3 fish oils, Vitamin E and St Johns Wort, two weeks prior to treatment. Avoid alcohol for 48hours prior to treatment. Prophylactic antivirals (Zovirax, Famvir) are recommended if you have a history of cold sores.
 

The Procedure


 

There is no allergy skin testing prior to Hyaluronic Acid filler such as Restylane or Juvederm. Two of the top FDA approved products on the market with millions of treatment worldwide. A lidocaine cream is applied to the skin half an hour prior to treatment to help minimise discomfort. The skin is then cleansed with an antiseptic prior to treatment. The product is injected using a fine needle at several points along the area to be treated. These fillers have Lidocaine which makes the treatment much more comfortable. Once injected the product is moulded and massaged into position in the skin.
 

After the treatment


 

Immediately after treatment a cool ice pack is applied to the skin to help decrease bruising and swelling. Aurioderm cream is a topical gel that can help decrease bruising. If you have had lip enhancement, avoid smoking, kissing and makeup for 24 hours after treatment. Until the initial swelling has subsided do not expose the treated area to intense heat, saunas or sun beds or extreme cold. Lips can take a little longer to settle down. Redness at the injection site tends to disappear within 24 hours. Cold compresses can be used often throughout the day of treatment to decrease the swelling.
 

The Results


 

The duration of a HA filler can last from 9-12 months. These non-surgical treatments are not permanent, may need to be repeated and maintained but the good news is that after a few repeated treatments you will get longer out of your filler and require less product as time goes by. This treatment is not just for the rich and famous, over treated trout pouts, hamster cheeks and pillow faces, frequently seen on TV and magazines turn the average person off having a treatment. The normal person just wants to look better and not “done”, what fillers offer is a little bit of help and support for the ageing face and at an affordable price.
 

One more quote to leave you with: “Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty” Coco Chanel

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barbara Morris barbara Morris   (on 10-Sep-2014 12:04 PM)
HI I AM INTRESTED IN GETTING MY LIPS DON AGAIN I HAVE BEEN WITH YOU 2 OR 3 TIMES AND THE CARE ANT ATTENTION I GOT WAS 100%, MY ONLY PROBLEM IS I DIDNT REALLY FEEL MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE I WOULD HAVE LIKED A MORE PLUMPER LOOK ,MY LIPS ARENT TO THIN AND I DONT SMOKE I AM JUST WONDERING IF THERE IS SOMETHING THAT CAN GIVE THEM A FULLEL LOOK FOR LONGER AND ALSO ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL OFFERS ON

REGARDS
BARBARA 0871791135
Sharon Howlew Sharon Howlew   (on 22-Dec-2014 11:54 PM)
I'm interested in getting an appointment for dermal fillers tomorrow if there is any availability.My contact is 087 352 44 11
Jelena Jelena   (on 25-Jul-2016 08:00 PM)
Hello!
I am 39 and I have a dark circles and wrinkles around the eyes.
Could you tell me about the dermal fillers under (around) eyes, please:
Can you do that against a wrinkles and dark circles?
How much is the cost? Do you have any discounts?
If I make appointment, do I need to pay for consultation?
Thank you!

Kind regards,
Jelena
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