Dermal filler treatment can be done in combination with other facial cosmetic surgeries for reducing the signs of aging, or by themselves. Although the results of stand-alone dermal filler treatment will not be as dramatic and permanent as surgical treatments, this quick treatment may give you a boost of confidence in your appearance. There are different types of dermal fillers, typically used on the face and neck to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. They can also be used to reduce and improve scars on the skin, restore volume to cheeks, or to plump up the lips for a more luscious look.
Different Types of Dermal Fillers
Increasing demand means the development of new dermal filler products and more and more options to choose from. The market in the industry is home to numerous dermal filler types, but they can be loosely grouped under the following categories –
Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers
The most common type of dermal filler treatment uses injectable hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that naturally occurs in the body, making it highly compatible with most people. Allergic reactions and side effects from fillers using this are relatively rare. The effects from hyaluronic acid dermal fillers however are not permanent. They last for 6-12 months, but can be “topped up” when needed. When injected into the skin, hyaluronic acid attaches to water molecules, providing volume to skin. It thus inflates facial structures that have suffered age-related volume or elasticity lost. A key benefits of hyaluronic fillers can be dissolved with an antidote, and the results reversed if a patient is not happy with the outcome of the filler treatment.
FDA-approved dermal fillers available in the market include:
Synthetic Dermal Fillers
A longer-lasting alternative to hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, some synthetic dermal fillers may last permanently. They have to be injected carefully by licensed professionals to ensure there is no improper administration which may cause disfigurement and health complications in the future. Some examples of synthetic dermal fillers are:
Collagen Dermal Fillers
Collagen dermal filters contain collagen obtained from animal sources. This makes it vital for a quick allergy test before administration. These dermal fillers offer very short-term results, lasting only up to a month. Examples of collagen dermal fillers are:
- Zyplast and Zyderm, containing collagen from cows
- Evolence, containing collagen from pigs
What Is The Process During Dermal Filler Treatments?
Going for a dermal filler treatment is not as complicated as cosmetic surgeries. They are non-surgical and can be completed during an single visit. Patients are administered local anesthesia before the treatment begins. The quantity of filler is precisely measured out and drawn into a syringe, ready for injection. The areas of treatment are commonly marked onto the skin, and the syringe injects the fillers just beneath the skin layers – precisely at the marked points. Results should be noticeable immediately after the injections. Patients will be able to resume normal activities right after the dermal filler treatment.
Precautions To Take After Dermal Filler Procedure
There can be certain harmless side effects of the treatment such as –
- Minor swelling
- Mild redness
- Slight puffiness
This is nothing serious and will get better within a day or two. Try not to go under the sun for a few days. Make sure you sit up straight for at least 30-40 minutes and do not massage the treated areas in any way.
This article is informative only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.