Pump up your pout and smooth out those wrinkles. Time may be doing its best to steal your lovely looks, but if you’re willing to fight for them, having dermal fillers on your side will help. They’re temporary injections that bind with the water in your skin to fill out lines and hollows and to plump up shrivelled lips. Dermal fillers can also be used on hands, the neck and chest to plump up skin to reduce the signs of wrinkles and smooth out the appearance of veins.
There are four different types of filler available:
Dermal fillers work in a similar way to collagen, by ‘filling in the gaps’ where skin firmness has deteriorated, allowing wrinkles to appear on the surface. The filler is injected directly into the crease or hollowed area where it binds with the water naturally present. The filler stays there, supporting the skin from lower layers meaning that the surface appears smoother.
As well as softening those laughter lines, the uplifting effect can be used to augment (change the shape of) your lips and to contour your face. For example, if that cute chin-dimple you used to dote on has disappeared, you can coax it back by putting a little filler in the surrounding skin.
So, if it’s so similar, why not just use collagen? The main difference between traditional collagen injections and these dermal fillers is that they are not made from animal products and are therefore much less likely to cause an allergic reaction. In fact, there is no need for a skin test beforehand because reactions are so rare.
Also, with dermal fillers, you get to choose how long the treatment lasts.
Restylane injections contain hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body and dissolves over time. Because it is naturally integrated into the tissue, Restylane allows oxygen and nutrients to flow freely through your skin meaning your skin stays in tip-top condition. Restylance helps to add volume and fills in wrinkles. The makers of Restylance claim that the product has no allergic reactions or reports of sensitivity.
Treatment takes about 30 minutes and about 50-80% of the effect remains after 6 months. Most people will opt for a touch-up within a year of the first treatment.
The other types of Restylane are:
Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid injection. It’s particularly good for deeper furrows, like those at the side of your nose and around your mouth. It can also be used in a more general way to smooth the contours of your face.
There are three types of Juvederm: ‘18’ for fine lines, ‘24’ for medium lines and ‘30’ for medium to deep lines and for enhancing lip borders. If you suffer from lipstick bleed, Juvederm 30 could be the answer to those seeping lines.
The treatment takes about 30 minutes and results last for 8 to 12 months after treatment (or 4 to 6 months in the case of lip enhancement).
Radiesse is a gel containing microscopic calcium particles, which are compatible with the body. In fact, this mixture has been used for some time in dental reconstruction and for bone growth.
The procedure takes about 30 to 40 minutes and lasts between 2 to 5 years. Though you may experience some swelling for the first couple of days, you should be looking fresh, young and gorgeous within 36 hours after the treatment.
Dermal Shapers are the newest form of dermal fillers on the market, and claim to do more than just fill skin that may have sallowed with age. Whereas former dermal treatments have only been able to target small areas directly under the needle, dermal shapers have such a light viscosity that they can be moulded after they are injected into the epidermis.
The treatment lasts for 20 - 40 minutes, and the results are noticable immediately. There is minimal pain and practically no down time so you can go about your day to day business as usual. Effects can last between 12 and 18 months.