Dermal Fillers: A Guide

cosmetic-2Dermal fillers are injections that help promote a healthy appearance to the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, lines and scars. It is most commonly used for facial procedures although it can also be a treatment for other parts of the body also. Quite similar to the more famous Botox injections, dermal fillers are a safe and easy anti-ageing treatment taken up by many people all over the world.

How Do They Work?

The concept behind them is relatively simple. As we get older, the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen by the body diminishes. These are elements which maintain the shape and volume of our skin. Dermal fillers are usually made from non-animal hyaluronic acid implants which help restore the natural shape of our face.  Unwanted wrinkles or lines, the obvious signs of ageing, are thus softened and smoothed out.

What does the Process Involve?

One of the main benefits of dermal fillers is the fact that they are a very simple and practically painless procedure. A doctor or skin specialist will simply administer the injections into the relevant areas of the skin. Anaesthetic cream can be applied in case the patient is worried about the sharp pain of the needle. How long it will take depends on the amount of injections, although anywhere around 30 minutes is a common time frame.

injuctionsWhat are the Benefits?

The obvious benefits of dermal fillers are the positive effects they can have on your appearance. Not only will wrinkles and lines of the face be less visible but also any contours or depressions will also be reduced. In essence, dermal fillers do exactly what they suggest by filling out our skin and maintaining its natural shape.

Another benefit of them is that your facial expression will not be affected drastically, unlike plastic surgery. In addition, dermal fillers are easy to book with a skin specialist and won’t affect your daily routine after they’ve been completed.


Are They Safe?

Having dermal fillers does not come without risks, although these are minimal. In few cases, some people don’t take well to the hyaluronic acid fillers and infection or large swelling can ensue. This is rare however and discussing any worries with your doctor can help reduce these fears. However, you should expect slight bruising or redness around the injected area, although this is normal and should pass in a few days.

If you’re thinking of having an aesthetic treatment with dermal fillers then contact your doctor and go through your options with them. The process is generally very safe, easy and quick to go through, leaving you with a more youthful appearance in a short period of time. Their effect is not permanent which means if you’re not happy to continue with treatments you can simply stop having the injections.