What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are a collagen material made of synthetic or natural substances. It is used for injection in the dermis for the purpose of augmenting soft tissues. Dermal fillers have had a significant rise in their application for aesthetic reasons, mainly to help correct skin conditions which develop as a result of ageing such as creases, folds and wrinkles.
Since these components are used on human skin, which is highly sensitive and reactive to different materials, dermal fillers must always be tested for safety and effectiveness. When making a decision to use dermal fillers speak to a qualified practitioner like Debbie from our clinic, who is trained to the highest standard – about any safety issues you may have and possible side-effects of the treatment.
They must prove to be non-teratogenic (cannot cause malformations), non-carcinogenic (cannot cause cancer), and durable.
The most common factors of skin in that would benefit from dermal filler treatment include lines and wrinkles, which are mainly due to the unavoidable ageing process; scars and depressions, such as acne scars and those due to surgery and trauma; dermal atrophy due to causes like morphea; and lip augmentation.
Some dermal fillers are more suitable for certain conditions than others, which is why there are various categories of filler on the market.
In general, dermal fillers are an effective treatment for a number of skin conditions, especially an ageing face. Some people may be comfortable with showing signs of advanced age, or perhaps they just age gracefully, but others are not as comfortable and would like to retain their youth for as long as possible. This is where dermal fillers can lend a hand.
There are three different types of facial injectables: Neuromuscular Toxins, Dermal Fillers, and Collagen Stimulators (Sculptra®). Each one has its own specialist uses in cosmetics, but the two most commonly seen at Aesthetics of Essex, Rayleigh, are dermal fillers and collagen stimulators, which rejoice your skin to its prior youth.
At Aesthetics of Essex, Rayleigh, we only use the best treatments, so we can offer both Juvederm® and Sculptra® for treating mild, moderate and deep facial wrinkles, folds and creases.
Sculptra® Aesthetic fillers are collagen stimulators, and are made from poly-L-lactic acid, unlike Juvederm®, which is a dermal filler made from hyaluronic acid – a well-known skin treatment that encourages softness, plumpness and moisturisation when applied to skin.
Sculptra® is a face rejuvenation treatment that’s designed to stimulate collagen and deep tissue regeneration in the face to help restore a younger, natural-looking appearance.
As we grow older, our skin loses collagen, reducing its elasticity and firmness, and creating a saggy, thin appearance – by restoring some of the lost collagen, Sculptra® can create a natural-looking, youthful appearance!
Both can be used to correct scarring, and other popular treatment areas include the lower face around the mouth, and the creases from the nose to mouth.
Although the Hyaluronic Acid fillers we use are considered safe, we will not use them to treat the same area, or during the same session as a Sculptra® treatment.
If you would like both dermal filler and Sculptra® treatments please discuss this during your FREE consultation.
The procedure involves injecting the dermal filler or collagen stimulator into the chosen or recommended treatment area using a fine needle and syringe.
The filler is injected easily and evenly under the surface of the skin – at shallow levels for fine lines and slightly deeper for more severe wrinkles and folds.
This treatment is non-invasive with minimal downtime. You can continue your normal daily activity straight after, however, you must avoid applying any makeup to the treated area to help prevent infection.
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30 Minutes estimated
Back to Work
Depending on size of injection 6-24 hours
48 Hours estimated
24 Hours estimated
Duration of results
6 – 9 Months
Risks and Complications
Asymmetry, bruises and swelling
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