What is a Dermal Filler ?
Dermal filler is a soft tissue filler injected into the skin to help create a smoother and/or fuller appearance in the face, including nasolabial folds, cheeks and lips. Most of these wrinkle fillers are temporary because they are eventually absorbed by the body.
How does Dermal Filler work ?
As we age, the skin loses some of its collagen and fat. These are the materials that prevent the skin from becoming saggy. Thus, as we age, our skin can become thinner and more wrinkled and lined.
Dermal fillers is injected into the skin in areas where it needs to be plumped up again and made to look firmer.
Fillers come in different thicknesses, and in general, the thicker the product, the deeper it is injected into the dermis to help plump out fine to deep lines and wrinkles.
What are different types of Dermal Fillers ?
Non Permanent or Resorbable Fillers
Permanent or Non-resorbable Fillers
Is Dermal Filler right treatment for me ?
Injectable soft tissue fillers are indicated for wrinkles, folds, and lines associated with ageing.
How will i feel during procedure ?
An anaesthetic cream is sometimes applied to the area 20 minutes or so prior to injection. This helps to numb the area to be treated and reduces pain when the needle is inserted into the skin.
The complete procedure takes about 30 - 40 mins including the time for local anaesthesia. Multiple injections of fillers are given depending on the site.
Depending on the type of filler used, and the area treated, top up treatments are usually required to maintain the effect.
What to expect after procedure?
To gain maximum effect from the procedure and reduce the risk of complications :
Use Iced water soaks or ice packs to help to reduce swelling (although this is generally not required);
Use pain-killers such as paracetamol, if required for a few days after treatment
What results should I expect ?
Restores former youthful appearance
Corrects Volume deficiencies
When will I see the Results ?
Results are immediate.
What are the possible side effects ?
Depending on the area injected and the type of filler or pain control used, patients may find the procedure relatively painless to mildly uncomfortable.
Slight bleeding, mild bruising, tenderness, redness and swelling that may also occur around the site of injection. These signs may take 2 - 3 days to vanish completely.
Rarely, allergic type reactions can occur after treatment with some fillers
When performed by a dermatologist, risks are minor.