Dermal fillers give you the chance to pause the effects of ageing and to address skin concerns such as fine lines, creases and wrinkles, as well as to plump up, add volume to the facial contours and resurface skin that has been affected by scarring. Now more popular than ever, fillers have become an indispensable tool in the modern woman’s beauty kit. If you’ve been considering this skin treatment, let’s take a closer look at what are dermal fillers used for, so you can make an informed decision.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Fillers are soft, gel-like substances that are made from natural or synthetic compounds and which are injected into the skin. Most dermal fillers work on a mechanical basis in the sense that they insert volume into flatter and depressed areas of the skin.
What Are Dermal Fillers Used For?
Because fillers flesh out and plump up flat or depressed areas, this makes them suitable for
- Ironing out fine lines, creases and wrinkles
- Adding volume to areas of the face that have lost mass, such as the cheeks or lips
- Redefining facial contours such as the jawline
- Plumping up depressed areas of the skin, such as those affected by acne scars
Other types of fillers can be used to stimulate the body’s own production of collagen.
How Dermal Fillers Can Be Used On The Facial Area?
One of their most common purposes is to build up the volume in parts of the face that have been affected by premature ageing. On the face, the most common areas for dermal fillers to be injected into include:
These are the lines that run from either side of your mouth to the corners of your chin. These lines become more pronounced as we age, becoming deeper and more prominent, and may give the person a sad look. Using dermal fillers to make them more superficial means they are significantly less noticeable.
These are the lines that run from your nose to the perimeter of your lips. They may be enhanced if you are a smoker.
The space between the eyebrows, at the top of the nose, may develop a semi-permanent double or triple fold, that could make it appear as though you have a constant frown on your face.
While this area is suitable for Botulinum toxin, it also responds very well to dermal fillers.
The undereye area
If the troughs below your eyes look sunken and are making you appear tired all the time, the area can be restored with dermal filler treatment.
Adding Facial Volume
Dermal filler has become more popular for its ability to add volume to the face. As we get older it is quite normal to experience some volume loss, as muscles become slacker and the skin loses some of its natural elastin.
Volume can be added to different areas of the face including
- The cheeks: Dermal filler can be used to heighten the cheekbones, and to add volume to the cheek area.
- The lips: When performed by an experienced and qualified aesthetician, fillers can be used to redefine and add volume to the lips.
- The chin and jaw: the bottom of the face may benefit from adding contours through dermal filler to reverse the signs of ageing.
- Addressing acne scar: Skin depressions that have developed as a result of acne scarring and the under-production of collagen may benefit from dermal filler injections. By injecting filler into the depressed areas, your aesthetician can smooth out your skin texture, and boost your skin’s natural collagen production to minimise the development of future acne scars.
What Dermal Filler Cannot Achieve?
Fillers are effective at addressing the premature signs of ageing but they cannot address sagging skin, nor can they tighten loose skin. If these are concerns you would like to address, you may be advised to consider an invasive procedure such as a facelift, to tighten and firm up the skin.
Also, remember that the effects of fillers are temporary or semi-permanent and will not last forever. Depending on the number of fillers you have had, where they were injected and how thick they were, the effects may only last for between six and 24 months before you need a top-up treatment. This is because fillers are typically made up of naturally occurring substances that are reabsorbed by the body. Your aesthetician will be able to advise you on the longest-lasting filler types for your skin concern.
How Do Fillers Differ To Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum toxin and dermal filler are not the same, although both are injected into the skin. Botulinum toxin is created from the Botulinum toxin and it works by inhibiting the nerve cells in the muscles that it is injected into. This means that the muscle does not receive the signal to frown (or crease) and does not move, which would result in the folded or creased effect.
It is possible to combine Botulinum toxin treatments with dermal filler.
Botulinum toxin is used most successfully in very specific areas of the face: between the eyebrows, on the horizontal lines that can develop on the forehead and lines that develop around the eyes. It works on dynamic wrinkles, or wrinkles caused by movement and not the static wrinkles that can develop as a result of sagging.
To find out more about what are dermal fillers used for, or if they can benefit your skin please contact us for a confidential appointment: (02) 8599 7161.