Dermal Fillers, Everything You Need To Know
Dermal Fillers are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available. A non-surgical injectable implant, approved by the FDA and offering fast, lasting results, dermal fillers can be used for augmentation, wrinkle reduction, skin smoothing and even improving the appearance of scars. Here is everything you need to know about dermal fillers.
Why Are Dermal Fillers So Popular?
As we age, our skin loses its natural elasticity and plumpness. Wrinkles start to form, skin starts to sag and lips thin. This is due to our bodies producing less hyaluronic acid. Dermal fillers, simply put the hyaluronic acid back in your skin to revitalize and re-plump it. You aren’t adding anything unnatural to your body, and the results are subtle and natural-looking.
Not only can dermal fillers help you regain your youthful appearance, but they can also correct minor imperfections which can dent your confidence. If you are self-conscious of thin or asymmetric lips, a bump on your nose, wrinkles, sunken areas, or even a prominent scar, dermal fillers could provide the solution.
In fact, dermal fillers have been successfully used for cosmetic enhancement for more than 100 years.
A Brief History
You may be surprised to learn that the idea of dermal fillers goes all the way back to the 1890s!
Plump, youthful-looking skin has always been highly prized, and people have been researching and experimenting with ways to reverse or, at least slowdown, the ageing process since the beginning of time.
In the 1890s, doctors began taking fat from patients’ arms and injecting it into their faces, to minimize wrinkles and achieve a smoother appearance.
An alternative substance was sought, and in the early 20th Century, Austrian surgeon Robert Gersuny tried injecting a paraffin wax blend into the face (and breasts) instead. The thinking was that as paraffin wax is an emollient it would be the ideal substance to use. The treatment became very popular, but unfortunately, the results were mixed, with hard painful lumps (paraffinomas) forming. Famed beauty Gladys Deacon, Duchess of Marlborough, ended up being badly disfigured after having hot paraffin wax injected into her nose.
As such, dermal fillers fell out of favour until the 1970s, when bovine collagen was used for collagen injections and implants. The many issues with this practice included allergic reactions, swelling and the fact that the results didn’t last very long. In 1981 collagen fillers were approved by the FDA and some surgeons still make use of natural collagen taken from other areas of the body, such as the waistline.
In the early 2000s, the FDA approved hyaluronic acid for use in fillers, providing a viable alternative. As stated above, hyaluronic acid is a natural substance which our bodies already produce, making sensitivity tests and allergic reactions no longer an issue.
The first hyaluronic Acid filler introduced to the market was Restylane, made by Galderma, quickly followed by Allergan’s Juvederm. Over the years advances have been made, critically, the introduction of lidocaine into the hyaluronic acid filler, to numb the area and lessen patient discomfort.
Today, there are many types of dermal fillers available, both natural and synthetic. Calcium hydroxylapatite fillers, such as Radiesse are a blend of natural and synthetic substances.
The more you know about the process, the more comfortable you are likely to feel going forward. You can ask any questions during your consultation but we’ve compiled some frequently asked questions below.
Find out more about dermal fillers
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*Disclaimer: Results vary from person to person and are based on factors such as age, lifestyle habits and medical history