Dermal fillers plump the skin to reduce wrinkles, folds and depressions. The material is injected and, depending on the type of dermal filler used, results last on average for anywhere between six months to two years.
Dermal fillers can be used in many situations:
- Increasing volume around nasolabial folds and laughter lines to smooth wrinkles from the nose to the mouth
- Adding plumpness to thinner lips and reducing the appearance of lines around their edges
- Enhancing cheek shape to create a fuller, more youthful appearance
- Reducing depressions and hollows underneath the eyes
- Plumping out scarred tissue and indentations caused by acne or chickenpox to even out the surrounding skin
- Filling out the volume around the lower cheeks and the temple to reduce gaunt appearances.
Types of dermal filler
The most common form of dermal filler is hyaluronic acid. It offers faster results with less potential for allergic reactions, but the effects last for a shorter period of between three months to two years. Because the effects of natural dermal fillers dissipate sooner, patients may need to have a follow-up treatment within a year.
Treatment and aftercare
While some patients show a natural apprehension towards injections, the process takes between 30 minutes and one hour. The surgeon makes a series of small injections, and patients receive a local anaesthetic beforehand. This might be an anaesthetic cream or an initial injection. While the treated area may show signs of bruising and tenderness for a day or so, these last for around 24 hours at the most.
It is recommended patients avoid hot drinks, alcohol and exposure to daylight for 24 to 48 hours after dermal filler injections.
There are risks with any dermal filler injection and your practitioner will discuss them with you.
This treatment is offered by our non-surgical cosmetic clinic, Bristol Aesthetics. You can read more about this treatment on their website.