Dermal fillers are used to restore volume to the natural contours of your face and improve elasticity and hydration for a more youthful, toned appearance. As we age, skin falls victim to gravity leading to fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. Dermal fillers are a non-surgical treatment with minimal downtime and results are visible immediately. It is little wonder this is one of the most popular non-surgical treatments around the modern world today.Michelle from Plastic Surgeon Dr Graham Sellars’ clinic in Wahroonga, NSW has 15 years experience injecting cosmetic products and has a large returning clientele. We asked her to give us the lowdown on why dermal fillers are so popular and effective.
Michelle tells us, “A rejuvenated and youthful glow is something every woman aims for, especially when it concerns the face. With dermal fillers, you can smoothen wrinkles around the nasolabial lines (smile lines) and perioral lines (smoker’s lines above the upper lip), oral commissures (marionette lines) or enlarge your lips. There are a range of different products to treat different areas of the face.” Dermal fillers can also help with cheek augmentation or enhancement/contouring, non-surgical brow lifting and contouring of the nose (non surgical rhinoplasty). Dermal fillers have even been known to reduce the appearance of scars.
There are a large number of dermal fillers available on the market but they generally consist of a stabilised, hyaluronic acid in the form of a crystal clear gel. Be warned that some cheaper, dodgy practitioners and clinics may offer substandard fillers, often sourced from overseas, and these fillers may not give you the results you are looking for and may even put you at risk of allergic reactions or picking up a transmittable disease. Going to a reputable practitioner will eliminate this risk.
Dermal Fillers – the Procedure
Dermal fillers involve having the gel injected into the skin in the targeted area/s. Michelle says, “Each treatment lasts between 6-18 months, depending on the site being treated and the thickness of the gel. The dermal filler gel comes in a pre-measured syringe, which is injected directly underneath the wrinkle needing treatment. The volume from the gel lifts and plumps out the line or wrinkle, making it appear smoother and less obvious. When used for enhancement or enlargement, the gel gives extra volume to the lips. This plumps up and enhances its shape. Most clients report that the extra volume to the lip-line improves “lipstick bleeding” significantly.”
The dermal fillers procedure and associated injections should not hurt as your practitioner should apply an anesthetic cream or injection to numb the area/s being treated.
Don’t get dermal fillers confused with anti-wrinkle injections. Botulinum toxin injections are often referred to as anti-wrinkle injections. These relax muscles to reduce wrinkles, whereas dermal fillers are used to create volume under the skin. Dermal fillers have no muscle-relaxing properties.
If you’d like more information on dermal fillers or Michelle at Sans Clinic in Wahroonga check out the blogs below. If you’d like to make an appointment to see Michelle to see how she can help you with dermal fillers give her a call on (02) 9473 8577.