Dermal fillers are an integral element of aesthetic and cosmetic dermatology. The growing understanding of the characteristics of an ageing face has enabled the successful development of soft tissue augmentation. The rise in individuals using techniques such as dermal fillers are a testament to their efficacy and safety; primarily due to their biocompatibility when compared to previous fillers. Dermal fillers are used worldwide by both men and women to produce a more pleasing aesthetic by volumising, smoothing the skin and augmenting specific features. The beauty of dermal fillers is their ability to produce immediate effects without the need for surgery, while ensuring a natural yet defined appearance.
Why Consider Having Dermal Fillers?
Facial ageing is observed due to the decrease in the thickness and elasticity of the skin. These changes can result from the reduced availability of natural proteins involved in the integrity of the skin and its structure; including collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. The natural process of ageing sees a decrease in adherence between the skin and subcutaneous tissue, facial muscle changes and sagging of soft tissues.
Initially, rhytides are observed, these are fine lines and minor creases in the skin, that appear before the subsequent deeper folds and creases. The use of dermal filler will plump up the skin providing a smoother, more radiant and youthful appearance. The formation of lines and wrinkles may also occur due to smoking, sun damage and other environmental factors; dermal fillers aim to reverse these effects temporarily.
Are Dermal Fillers Suitable For Everyone?
Dermal fillers are suitable for most people looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines; define the contours of the face; volumise specific areas such as the cheeks; modify the shape of the nose or hydrate and rejuvenate the skin.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are a gel-like substance that includes naturally occurring hyaluronic acid; the product is injected into specific soft tissue areas, to encourage hydration, restore volume, produce definition and contouring and soften wrinkles, creases and lines.
Hyaluronic acid is biodegradable and found naturally in the extracellular matrix of the skin. Not only does the injection of hyaluronic acid into the skin produce a plumping effect, but it also induces the natural production of collagen . Dermal fillers typically are produced to ensure minimal degradation of the hyaluronic acid, which can be reabsorbed by the skin increasing nature levels to ensure maximum results for as long as possible.
Collectively, the procedure reverses the signs of ageing and modifies subjective flaws in facial anatomy; this is of particular importance for those with low self-esteem or wishing to improve confidence.
What Are The Benefits Of Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers can plump up and augment different regions of the face, including the upper, middle and lower sections. Other areas, including the hands, may be treated with dermal fillers and can be discussed with a professional practitioner.
Of importance, is that subcutaneous facial fat is highly compartmentalised and a change in volume and location of fat pads occurs through ageing . This may be modified with dermal fillers to take into account soft tissue malposition; therefore, reshaping the face where required.
Upper Face Fillers
Horizontal lines or furrows that appear across the forehead are caused by the contraction of the frontalis muscle resulting from the raising of eyebrows. These can result in deep furrows, the effect of which can be reduced with dermal fillers.
Glabella lines are vertical frown lines or furrows that appear between the eyebrows. Volumisation to smooth out the furrows using dermal filler has the effect of softening the transition between the brows and upper region of the nose.
Tear Trough Fillers For The Eyes
Lower Face Fillers
Lip fillers will plump up thin lips and reduce the appearance of fine lines around the mouth. The procedure can redefine the shape of the mouth in addition to volumising and plumping the lips and producing a more pronounced cupid's bow
Smile lines between the nose and the mouth can be a cause of concern for some, the plumping effect of the dermal filler can help smooth the skin and eradicate facial lines by lifting the cheeks.
The chin can be reshaped to be more aesthetically pleasing or recontoured, with dermal fillers. In addition, dimples and lines can be erased, and changes to the jawline in addition to the chin can help resolve saggy skin or the appearance of an unwanted double chin.
Cheek augmentation with dermal fillers is particularly effective in enhancing the cheekbones, lifting the skin and therefore, reducing the appearance of sagging skin or lines, wrinkles and creases.
Dermal fillers are a successful method for reshaping the nose without surgical intervention. The effect can improve the hump on the nose, straighten the nose and assist in turning up the end of the nose, if required.
What Is The Procedure For Dermal Fillers?
A pre-clinical assessment will be performed before the procedure is carried out. The assessment will take into account any medical history or contraindications to determine the suitability of the treatment and manage expectations. A personal treatment plan will be provided based on the desired outcome and facial anatomy.
Small volumes of dermal filler will be injected into the region of soft tissue identified for the procedure by an expert and suitably qualified clinician. The dermal fillers will enhance the elasticity of the skin, improve texture and restore hydro-balance. The treatment is relatively quick taking between 30mins to 1 hour.
The results will be observed immediately following treatment with smoother and rejuvenated skin; facial lines and wrinkles will be reduced and a more youthful appearance overall.
There may be some level of soreness, swelling, bruising or itching. These effects should only be short term, and the use of makeup or sun exposure should be avoided. The practitioner will discuss aftercare during the consultation.
How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?
Although dermal fillers are not a permanent solution, they frequently last 6-18 months; some effects are observed for as long as 24 months. The result of the procedure will be dependent on the expertise of the clinician, the area treated, the properties of the specific filler used and the impact of the ongoing natural ageing process. The unique combination of characteristics in a filler, lend credence to the outcome of the treatment. At Omniya Clinic London, professional clinicians will discuss the suitability and versatility of their treatments to ensure that the result is natural, using their expertise to maximise overall results.
Are Dermal Fillers Painful?
The sensation associated with dermal fillers is not considered painful. You may feel a slight stinging sensation on the administration of the injection; however, this will be short-lived. A local anaesthetic can be provided if required and some treatments will already include topical Lidocaine; this can be discussed with the practitioner during the consultation.
Are Dermal Fillers Safe?
For most, dermal fillers are considered safe and a non-invasive procedure. Dermal fillers should not be used on any inflamed or infected regions of the skin. Our professional clinicians will be able to advise on the suitability of the procedure during a pre-clinical assessment. Dermal fillers may not be appropriate for individuals that are immune-compromised or undergoing immune-suppressing therapy; it is advisable to seek advice from a medical professional in such situations.
Find Out More About Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are minimally invasive and provide the ability for tissue augmentation with the avoidance of surgery. Dermal fillers are a viable and safe option in the treatment of volume deficiency, scars and rhytides in addition to their facial sculpting, contouring qualities and augmentation of a variety of anatomical regions. Please contact us at Omniya Clinic London to book a consultation with one of our highly skilled professional clinicians to discuss the treatment options available, from Lip Fillers to an 8 Point Facelift, Omniya Clinic will have a procedure to suit your needs.
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