Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers are commonly used to fill lines and wrinkles on the face as well as to replace volume. Loss of volume, especially on the face, is usually related to ageing.

Typical lines and wrinkles that can benefit from filler treatment include:

• Crow’s feet around the eyes
• Smile lines (nasolabial folds, from the corners of the mouth to the edges of the nose)
• Frown lines
• Marionette lines
• Forehead lines
• Frown lines
• Fine lines around the lips and mouth
• Occasionally, acne scarring

Common areas of volume loss that can be improved with fillers include:
• Sunken cheeks
• Sunken temples
• Narrow or thin lips

Often, replacing lost volume in the cheeks can have an uplifting effect on other lines and wrinkles, and help achieve a more youthful appearance.

The dermal fillers can be classified in a number of different ways.

Permanent fillers are rarely used nowadays and most Plastic Surgeons do not recommend permanent fillers for cosmetic use.

Temporary fillers, the most common of which are hyaluronic acid fillers, are the most widely used. Hyaluronic acid forms the foundation of most tissues and rarely causes allergic reactions. These dermal fillers come in various consistencies and have numerous uses, from filling fine lines and wrinkles to replacing volume in the cheeks, lips and temples. Hyaluronic acid fillers, depending on the type of dermal filler and area in which it is used, can last from 6 to 18 months.

Risks:

As with any treatment, the injection of dermal fillers carries risks. While very rare, the most serious risks include skin loss and in extreme cases blindness (when injections are carried out around the eye region). A well trained practitioner can minimise these risks.

It is important, therefore, that filler injections are carried out by a fully trained expert who understands the anatomy of the face, as well as appreciates the aesthetic needs of the patient. Each treatment is individualised for every patient after a detailed discussion of their concerns.

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