Dermal fillers are one of the most frequently performed non-surgical treatments. This procedure has gained popularity due to its accessibility, convenience and immediate results.
Many of us lose volume in our facial features as we age. The process of facial ageing occurs when the production of the hyaluronic acid, a protein which restores our volume and hydrates our facial tissue, decreases.
Normally, the hyaluronic acid is replenished in our skin on its own every 2 – 3 days, but as we get older, this process doesn’t happen as frequently, which then results in skin dehydration, and loss of volume and definition in facial features. Also, with age we develop creases, folds and lines around the nose, mouth, and jawline.
Dermal fillers are a procedure to restore lost volume to your face. These non-permanent fillers contain hyaluronic acid as an active ingredient, creating a natural way to plump up and rejuvenate the skin. Using non-permanent fillers for the procedure has more advantage than using permanent fillers as the treatment can always be reversed, unlike in the case with permanent fillers. Also, using permanent fillers puts patients at a higher risk of fillers becoming infected.
There are different types of gel available for the dermal fillers treatment: a softer gel is used for softer and more sensitive parts of the body like lips and last for over 6 – 9 months. A firmer gel is used for cheek bones or brow areas – this type of gel is more resistant to the body’s enzymes that break down the hyaluronic acid in our skin and, therefore, last longer for the period of 18 – 24 months.