More Information about Dermal Fillers
Along with a trend toward living a longer, healthier life, more and more patients are looking to physicians to help them achieve a more youthful appearance. The skin’s natural ageing process manifests as contour changes and rhytids secondary to the depletion of subcutaneous fat and the loss of dermal collagen.
Traditionally, rejuvenation has been achieved with a face-lift by surgically tightening the skin. Today, a multitude of minimally invasive procedures are aimed at rejuvenation without the risk, recovery time, and expense of major surgery.
Soft-tissue augmentation- a placement of a natural or synthetic substance into or under the skin to smooth folds, line, wrinkles, depression and scarring, has become a popular means of addressing contour defects that result from ageing, photo damage, trauma and/or scarification, or disease. Dozens of filling agents exist in the armamentarium; therefore, the clinician is responsible for knowing which substance is best suited to address a particular defect and the patient.
Types: Dermal fillers may be biocompatible or synthetic and are marketed alone or in combination.
Biocompatible fillers have a perceived safety record and are resorbable. However the period of benefit is of limited duration normally lasting about 6 months.
What is the difference between the different dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers can be broken down into three categories- bio degradable, semi permanent and permanent. Semi permanent and permanent products, while they produce longer lasting results, are associated with higher risks. The safest products are biodegradable products because any problems (probability of adverse events is minimal) associated with the treatment can be reversed. The clinician prefers to use bio-degradable products because of their safety factor. Also as we age, the skin changes so a permanent solution might not be appropriate for the long term.
Is the treatment painful?
There is some discomfort during treatment. The clinician will use a topical anaesthetic on the treated area to minimize any discomfort. For lip augmentation, the clinician prefers to apply a dental block since the treatment is more painful in this area of the face.
Do I need to take time off work to have the treatment?
No. This procedure is very non invasive and patients can return to work after treatment without any noticeable difference.
How long does the treatment last?
Depending on your age and the area treated, you can expect to repeat the treatment twice a year. On average, the treatment will last 6-8 months. In the lip area, the treatment will last about 5-6 months. The reason for this is that there is more mechanical stress in this area; therefore, the product tends to breakdown quicker.