You have probably heard a lot of news and gossip about dermal fillers being the latest trend in cosmetic surgery. Not only celebrities praise but, but regular people as well. Pretty much everyone who wants to change their appearance and enhance their facial features goes for dermal fillers these days. Crow’s feet, wrinkles, laugh lines – you name it, dermal fillers can probably deal with it.
But what exactly are dermal fillers? What are they made out of? How do they work? Well, these are certainly important questions to know the answer for before you decide whether you want to get a dermal filler yourself. This handy guide will hopefully help you with the decision or at least give you some useful tips and insight.
First of all – what are dermal fillers?
The answer to that question is quite simple: dermal fillers are a type of cosmetic treatment, delivered via an injection underneath the skin of our faces. Dermal fillers are among one of the least invasive treatments, making them quite popular due to their safety and low chance of side effects. The way the fillers work is that they fill the area under the skin, stretching it and giving it more volume.
What can dermal fillers help with?
Well, there are almost endless possibilities to how a dermal filler treatment can enhance our appearance, but here are some of the most common ways they are used:
- Removing wrinkles and creases from the forehead
- Removing scars and other similar imperfections
- Plumping up lips to give them volume
- Highlighting the cheeks and making them stand out more
- Eliminating crow’s feet
- Filling out nasolabial folds (laugh lines)
Keep in mind that these are only some of the ways a dermal filler can help you. To get a more detailed description of what a filler can accomplish in your specific case, make sure to consult a doctor.
But what are they made out of?
A great question! But not an easy one to answer. While most available dermal fillers on the market are made out of HA, not all of them are. There are some fillers made out of collagen, which can be either taken from live animals or produced in a laboratory. There are also ones created out of body fat, made specifically for every individual patient from their own sample.
There are also so-called “synthetic” fillers, made out of biosynthetic polymers. This category also includes a range of different substances used as a filler, with most of them having different qualities. For example, calcium hydroxylapatite works in a different way to the other ones – it stimulates your own collagen and boosts its production to enhance facial features.
Are dermal fillers a permanent solution?
Sadly, they are not. It is a very hard task to acheive results that are permanent when it comes to cosmetic treatment, and doing so may even prove to be dangerous. But do not worry, dermal fillers still last a long time, and some may even leave permanent visible effects on your skin.
But the longevity of a dermal filler is determined mostly by the substance used. HA is known to work for periods of about six months, sometimes more, but the effects are immediately visible after the treatment. Collagen-based fillers also produce immediate effects, but they usually stay working for longer, often over a year. Finally, some of the synthetic fillers can work even as long as two years, but the effects of some of those are not immediately visible after the procedure, and you will have to wait for a couple of weeks at least to see some changes.