What are Dermal Fillers and what are They Made From?

Dermal fillers are made from various substances that are used to inject certain areas of the face or body to removes wrinkles. Rather, they are more for soft folds and lines than actual deep wrinkles. The filler material stays under the skin and its effect is to plump up underneath the skin so that the volume is restored, rather like placing a tiny cushion there.

This type of treatment is ideal for certain facial lines and folds such as are found in the cheeks. It can also be used on the back of the hands to reduce the appearance of prominent veins and the décolleté to plump up the skin and remove sagging. It is also used to restore fullness to the lips or restore symmetry where the lips have become unbalanced. It can be used just along the outline of the lips or to give more volume within the lip area.

So what is the ingredient in dermal fillers? They can be made of natural or synthetic substances. Generally speaking they contain synthetic hyaluronic acid. This is a substance that occurs naturally in the skin of both humans and animals in its real form. It is plentiful in younger people, but gradually disappears over time as we age and its loss causes wrinkles and lines. They can also be made of other ingredients.

On very rare occasions there may be an allergic reaction to dermal fillers, but they can be dissolved if necessary. Filler ingredients are of varying thicknesses and which one is the most suitable to use on your face will be decided by the doctor. Much depends on just how deep those wrinkles are.

Just like Botox injections, dermal fillers will usually require repeated applications as the body gradually absorbs the filler. Some last for six months; others may last for eighteen months. It depends on how much was used and the type of skin you have. Often repeat injections have a longer-lasting effect.

Some people find that the injections hurt a little more than Botox, but usually a topical anaesthetic is used to reduce this problem. Any swelling usually is resolved within a few days and patients can often go about their usual work routine straight away. This depends on just what was done and where. In some cases of lip treatment there is swelling that is more noticeable. Any redness is easily covered with make-up.


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