The word 'fillers' can conjure up all sorts of preconceived ideas of faces looking not quite right or overdone. Volume loss in our faces is a fundamental component of facial ageing and this happens due a variety of reasons including fat redistribution, skin laxity and skeletal changes in our faces. Dermal fillers are not to be feared..they are a great way to enhance your beauty by replacing volume in a subtle and natural looking way... however choosing your injector wisely is essential as a good anatomical knowledge is needed alongside a thorough consultation so you are fully informed and educated in the process.
In this blog I'm going to address dermal fillers really try and breakdown the stigma and mis-information about them. I'm going to try and answer some of the most common questions I get asked in clinic during consultations.
WHAT ARE DERMAL FILLERS?
The most commonly used dermal fillers are biodegradable Hyaluronic acid fillers. These products contain hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring component in the skin. They attract and holds water to provide hydration, structure and volume to our skin. As we age the levels of hyaluronic acid in our skin declines. HA dermal fillers draw more water into the skin, so plump and more youthful, hydrated skin can be achieved.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BOTOX AND FILLERS?
✅ Dermal Filler is made with Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and add volume. It works by plumping fine lines and wrinkles and adding fullness to areas that are thinned due to ageing. The most common indications of dermal fillers is the restoration /addition of volume or a lifting effect to areas of your face that has depleted volume. Injection of areas of less volume can not only improve directly but also create a positive effect to areas distant to the injection site. They can restore volume or enhance areas of the face like cheekbones and lips. HA fillers are not permanent and can be dissolved.
✅ Botulinum Toxin temporarily freezes the muscle. It works by temporarily weakening the underlying muscles and so smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by ageing and facial expressions. Popular areas include crow's feet and frown lines. It's not permanent – it usually lasts for around 3 or 4 months.