What Is Included in Dermal Fillers to Improve Skin?
The four major structural components of the face include
Unfortunately, there is a volume loss in these structures during the aging process, which is visible as a sign of aging. To control this, dermal fillers may help to some extent.
Over time, age-related bone loss in the face can lead to the refutation of the jawline, loss of high cheekbones, and descent of the nose. The facial muscles also undergo a decrease in volume and elasticity. The deflation and movement of facial fat further emphasize the signs of aging. The skin loses elasticity and stretches in addition to the loss of scaffolding provided by fat, muscles, and bone. As a result, this leads to sagging skin, wrinkles, and other familiar signs of aging.
Dermal fillers are an injectable medical treatment performed in a skin specialist clinic. They can help replenish lost volume and smooth lines and restore a more youthful appearance.
What are Dermal Fillers?
These soft, gel-like substances are injected under the skin by a skin specialist. They can help treat many skin problems like
- Deep under-eye circles
- Lifting of cheekbones
- Volumization of the lips
- Smoothing of lip lines and nasolabial folds
- Rejuvenation of the hands, and many more.
Types of Dermal Fillers
Hyaluronic acid (HA)
Dermal fillers are of many types because they can be composed of different substances. They may be either naturally occurring or synthetic. However, the most common compound used in these dermal fillers is Hyaluronic acid (HA).
HA is a naturally occurring substance found in our skin. It plays a crucial role in keeping skin hydrated and volumized. Depending on their specific chemical makeup, HA fillers can last from six months to much longer before being gradually absorbed by the body.
One of the main benefits of HA fillers is that if the person dislikes the appearance or, in case of an adverse event, a unique solution can dissolve them. It is a plus point of HA fillers aside from their natural appearance when injected. Moreover, the HA fillers are premixed with lidocaine, a numbing agent, to maximize comfort and avoid pain during treatment by a reliable skin specialist.
Moreover, some other dermal fillers available on the market are mostly made from poly-L-lactic acid, polymethyl methacrylate, calcium hydroxylapatite, and autologous fat (fat transplanted from another part of your body).
- Calcium hydroxylapatite
It is a mineral-like compound found naturally in the human body’s bones. It has been used in reconstructive plastic surgery for years and dentistry with a long track record of safety.
- Poly-L-lactic acid
It is a synthetic filler that is not found naturally. It helps to stimulate collagen production. The function of this filler is different from other fillers. Because results are gradual, volumization occurs over several months as it stimulates the body to produce collagen.
- Polymethyl methacrylate
It is also a type of semi-permanent filler. In addition, it is more durable as compared to other biodegradable fillers. But it has some complications, like lumps or being visible under the skin.
Pros and Cons of Dermal Filler
Like all other substances, each of the substances includes in dermal fillers has its own pros and cons. But they all have a unique density, longevity, and texture. That means a particular substance may be more or less suited to a specific area of the face or desired result.
Therefore, selecting the right type of dermal filler needs the guidance of an experienced, board-certified dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon who has a thorough understanding of facial anatomy. In addition, he has familiarity with the variety of available fillers and their respective injection techniques.
Furthermore, only a professional skin specialist can examine the specific areas of concern and understand what you want to get out of the process. In addition, he can fulfill your expectations before, during, and after the dermal filler treatment to ensure the best cosmetic outcome.
Dermal fillers are safe and effective only when in the right hands.
Finding the right dermatologist to perform a dermal filler procedure is very important. Because it’s the key to success, don’t compromise on asking about the training and certification of the skin specialist. Make sure you are in the right hands and receiving the treatment from a board-certified and experienced cosmetic surgeon.