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The Face: Skin

Dermal Fillers

As a result of ageing, sun damage from cosmic radiation and oxidation, gravity and other harmful environmental factors, our facial skin begins to lose volume and develop deep lines and wrinkles. Whilst this is a manifestation of ageing of the skin and a reduction in the collagen and elastic framework of the skin, it is possible to smooth out folds and wrinkles using Fillers to give a more rejuvenated and youthful appearance.

There are many fillers in the market these days, and it can be very confusing when deciding the appropriate product to use. Most products use a form of stabilised hyaluronic acid (HA). Fillers provide volume for the treatment of lips, lines, wrinkles and facial folds.

Results are immediate but last approximately 6 to 9 months, depending on the area being treated and the type of filler used.

The result varies with the individual patient. Some of the more advanced fillers can last up to 18 months. Touch-up and follow-up treatments will also add to the duration of the results. If you are looking for a more long-lasting effect, then AQUAMID is the right solution. It is a soft tissue filler, a transparent, polyacrylamide gel that does not biodegrade and remains harmlessly under the skin.

The chosen filler material is injected into the lines and defects to plump them out. It remains in the skin where it binds with water to produce a lift and firmness to the treated areas. The filler material is introduced into the skin by a simple injection technique, usually without the need for local anesthetic.

Deeper fillers can be used for filling out lines and wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, nose and forehead. In addition, enhancing the lips can make your mouth fuller and be of a more sensuous form, producing a better definition and reducing lipstick bleed. The lips can also be given a greater volume and a fuller appearance by this simple technique. Facial contouring, take for example cheek and chin dimples, can be achieved using dermal fillers to smooth out the hollows and alter the facial contour. The exact type of filler chosen will depend on the site of treatment and the degree of correction required.

A new innovation in filler materials and technique has allowed doctors to use long lasting fillers to contour the face, nose and chin. This new technique has allowed plastic surgeons to provide patients with a simple, non-surgical alternative for nose, chin or cheek enhancements, creating very pleasing results which can be long lasting.