Life happens. Our faces aren’t going to retain the youthful gleam they had when we were teenagers, and we don’t necessarily want this. What we do want, however, is to keep looking like ourselves, and to age gracefully, so that we can take this confidence into other aspects of our lives. For those looking to improve their skin’s appearance, there are a wide variety of options out there, and choosing between the different options can get confusing. For some of us, surgery may not be appealing. For this reason, dermal fillers, also known as soft-tissue fillers or injectable fillers, have been growing in popularity. Our dermal fillers are an excellent solution to many issues that crop up as we get a little older, such as fine lines and creases, asymmetries, sunken cheeks, a puffy jaw line, thin or sagging lips, or even facial scars.
But how do these dermal fillers work? And what makes them so effective?
You can imagine the dermis and its different layers as a latte: there’s the espresso, the milk, and the foam on top. Each layer supports the one above it. A wrinkle, for instance, occurs in the superficial dermis and can protrude down into the mid-dermis, causing even the deep dermis to sag. When you inject the filler into the deep dermis, this pushes up the mid and the superficial layers, so that the surface of the skin appears much smoother. In the case of sunken lips, an injection can puff out the lip, creating volume and shape according to the client’s preferences.
Freezing of wrinkles
While Botox freezes muscles to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, dermal fillers actually plump the space where the wrinkle occurs. In this way, they can “erase” a wrinkle, or add volume to lips that aren’t as full as they once were. In other words, by filling in the space beneath the skin, you create a smoother appearance on the surface.
You might be wondering, what’s in the dermal filler itself?
You’ll want to check with your doctor for the specifics, but fillers generally contain collagens, sugar molecules, hyaluronic acids, fat recycled from another part of your body, and synthetic polymers. Collagens are a critical part of these fillers, as they’re a protein that gives shape to your skin—the word even comes from a Greek name for glue. These collagens can come from a variety of sources, and are also often generated in labs. Hyaluronic acids help keep skin cells healthy and hydrated; the body naturally produces less and less of these acids as you age. All of these materials will eventually break down and become absorbed by the body, so that you’ll have to continue getting injections to keep the desired effects. For some, the filler can last for two years. Others find that they have to return four or five months later for another injection.
Dermal fillers are an incredible way to minimize the signs of aging without undergoing surgery. For those feeling overwhelmed by all the options out there, talking with SKIN CLUB can be a simple and stress-free way to answer any questions or concerns, you can always send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call us at (03) 9999 7368. Hope you’ll now have an idea on how dermal fillers work!