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What Are Dermal Filler Injections?

By December 23, 2014 - 7:13am

As people grow older, they will notice that their skin loses its elasticity and firmness over time. This is a natural part of aging--it is why your mother always nagged you to put on moisturizer when you went out! However, it is only natural that over time, our skin will start sagging and become thinner. This is why a lot of older women and even men consult with dermatologists in order to recapture the suppleness of their skin when they were younger. Thankfully, this is now possible through dermal filler injections.
Injectable fillers or dermal filler injections are a soft tissue filler approved as medical devices by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These devices are injected into the skin to help fill in facial wrinkles, restoring a smoother appearance.

Dermal filler injections help diminish facial lines and help restore volume and fullness in the face. This is especially evident in older people. As we age, our faces lose fat that thins the barrier between the skin and muscles. Therefore, facial muscles are closer to the skin's surface and smile lines and crow's feet become more obvious.

Dermal fillers can give the skin back its plumped up, youthful appearance. Soft tissue fillers designed to "fill in" facial indentations made by fine lines and wrinkles include fat, collagen and hyaluronic acid. However, the effect is temporary. It should be noted that eventually these fillers will break down. Results will be evident for several months to about a year, after which one can be assessed once more to see if more fillers are needed.

Dermal fillers can be used to plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases and wrinkles and improve the appearance of recessed scars.

The process of dermal filler injections is outlined below:

Pre Treatment
Doctors will assess if you are a suitable candidate for this treatment and which type of filler is more appropriate for you. Generally a local anaesthetic cream is applied to the areas involved before the treatment.

During Treatment
The filler is administered by injection using a very fine gauge needle into the site where enhancement is needed. The amount of fillers used will depend on the degree of wrinkling and the site of correction.

Post Treatment
There is minimal recovery time. Most people are able to go back to work immediately. Occasionally, there may be some bruising or swelling that will go away after 2-3 days.

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