Dermal filler may be used to rejuvenate the older face by adding volume to lines and wrinkles and also augmenting (adding volume / plumping) the lips and cheeks. In the younger face, dermal filler is often used to beautify by augmenting the lips and cheeks.
Dermal filler is made of hyaluronic acid which is a synthetic version of a substance that occurs naturally in human tissue. Hyaluronic acid depletes as we age along with collagen and elastin, hence skin loses its “plumpness” and youthful appearance. Dermal filler can help to restore our skin to its former more youthful appearance by adding volume.
A local anaesthetic cream is applied first to numb the area to be treated. The filler is then injected using a pre-filled syringe and tiny needle beneath the skin into areas where it needs to be plumped up again and made to look firmer. The effect is immediate although there may be some discomfort, swelling and bruising for several days following the procedure.
Dermal filler is mainly used in the lower face but can be used to improve the appearance of deeper wrinkles (wrinkles seen at rest) in some areas of the upper face too.
The effects of dermal filler can last 6-12 months. It also has the benefit of being reversible.
Dermal filler comes in a range of different thicknesses, and in general, the thicker the product, the deeper it is injected into the dermal layer of the skin. This then helps to plump out fine to deep lines and wrinkles, such as naso-labial folds (nose to mouth lines), fills scars, contours the cheeks and chin or augments lips.
The leading dermal filler used in the UK are hyaluronic acid based products. The price of this treatment can vary depending on the type of dermal filler used.