While fine lines and wrinkles have long been viewed as the primary signs of ageing, we now know that facial fullness and a healthy glow are also key to maintaining a youthful appearance.
Non-surgical anti-ageing treatments are becoming increasingly popular with people who wish to maintain a fresh complexion without going under the knife.
Capable of adding volume, filling deep folds and smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, injectable fillers are a flexible and convenient anti-ageing solution.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected into the face to restore lost contours and volume. They are typically made from substances already present in the body’s tissues or biostimulants and can be used to fill pockmarks and acne scars, reshape facial features and add volume to the lips and cheeks. More permanent fillers can be used to reshape the nose and jaw line and create a more balanced and harmonious face shape.
Fillers are not the same as anti-wrinkle injections, but can be used in conjunction with anti-wrinkle injections to reduce the appearance of ingrained expression lines such as crow’s feet and frown lines. Although both products work to combat the signs of ageing, they do so in different ways – fillers plump the skin while anti-wrinkle injections temporarily relax the muscle.
Where can they be applied?
Fillers can be used on the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose and to volumise or define the lips. They can also be injected into the neck and hands.
Before undergoing any form of cosmetic enhancement, it’s important to attend a consultation with your doctor to discuss your treatment goals and options.
During the injecting session itself, numbing gel may be applied to the target area before a needle is used to deliver filler to the skin. You can go about your day as normal after this treatment as it generally does not require downtime.
How long do they last?
Depending on the type of filler used, facial fillers can last from six months to two years. The time left between treatments depends on the client, the desired outcome and the product used.
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