Dermal fillers are based on Hyaluronic Acid which is a substance that naturally exists throughout your body. As we get older, the natural levels of collagen within our skin reduces, which causes our skin to lose its shape and firmness.
By injecting filler into areas that are wrinkled or depressed the filler can replace the volume that has been lost and plump up the skin to give a more youthful appearance. Cheekbones can be enhanced and lips can be given a fuller appearance as well as eliminating wrinkles and lines.
A very fine needle is used to deliver the dermal filler to the required area – this does cause some slight discomfort but local anaesthetic is generally only necessary for treatments to the lips as these are particularly sensitive. An improvement in appearance should be evident straightaway and this normally lasts for 6-8 months as dermal fillers are not permanent.
Over time, the filler is slowly broken down and absorbed by the body returning the treated area to its original appearance – the exact time period for this process varies according to the type of filler used and which part of the face as well as individual differences we all have – therefore follow up treatments will be necessary to maintain your changed look.