Being concerned about our appearance is not a new thing. Obsessing about signs of ageing has been a common trait of the human race for hundreds, if not thousands of years. You only need to look back on Cleopatra’s ancient milk bath regimes, to remind us that our concerns with the appearance of our skin are an ancient phenomenon.
Since we look at our faces countless times per day we are constantly reminded of our appearance. However, with the rise of social media and image-focused apps we are subjected more than ever to a barrage of youthful individuals, leaving us to wonder and worry about how we measure up.
Beauty comes from within, but there is nothing wrong with wanting to be the best version of ourselves. These days with an ever-evolving facial aesthetics industry there are quick, easy solutions for easing the signs of ageing and a little bit of help can go a long way.
Dermal Fillers are one of the options that can help you on your way to saying goodbye to wrinkles forever!
What are Dermal Fillers?
As we age the collagen, which is the layer of fat beneath the skin, begins to thin. This can result in loose or sagging skin, wrinkles, shallowing of contours or thinning lips. Dermal Fillers can be used to fill or plump these areas, restoring the structure and shape to your face that you long for.
In other non-age related cases, you may feel that an area of your face would benefit from greater contouring or form. In this case, Dermal fillers can aid to enhance areas that you may feel appear empty or flat. They may also be used to improve acne scars, pockmarks, or any other unevenness of the skin.
Dermal fillers are a non-surgical treatment, involving injections of gel that add volume to soft tissue thereby filling in wrinkles and fine lines. Most dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that hydrates the skin and stimulates the body to generate its own natural collagen supplies.
Fillers have become a popular solution in recent years, thanks to quick results and affordable non-invasive treatment. It’s as easy as nipping out on your lunch break for an aesthetic refresh and getting on with your day with newfound confidence.
Is Botox the same as Dermal Fillers?
Whilst both procedures are injectable treatments used to combat the signs of ageing, Dermal Fillers are totally different from Botox. It’s important to recognise this distinction since it has become commonplace to make sweeping generalisations across facial aesthetics treatments.
Firstly in the case of Botox, the way that it works is by injecting a product which inhibits the movement of muscles in your face that cause wrinkles. While it is an effective treatment, the by-product can be an expressionless face. This can appear unnatural as the nerves in certain muscle areas are paralysed from responding in their normal way.
By comparison, Dermal Filler injections are a gel-like substance which ‘fill’ and smooth lines and wrinkles, giving a more natural and youthful glow. The intention with Dermal fillers is to restore form and shape that has been lost or that you feel are lacking.
Another key difference is that the effects of Dermal fillers can be seen almost immediately, whereas Botox may take a little longer as it will take a few days for the muscles to freeze the muscle movements completely.
Are Dermal Fillers painful?
In a word, No. You may feel some pressure, you may feel a little discomfort but the treatment should not hurt. An anaesthetic cream is applied to the injection site area prior to administration and the fillers themselves are also mixed with a local anaesthetic.
Are Dermal Fillers permanent?
Whilst there are some fillers on the market which do offer permanent results, Hyaluronic acid-based fillers will typically last from 6-18 months. Since Hyaluronic acid naturally motivates your body to produce more collagen, you will continue to see the benefits of fillers for some time after having them. The effects will wear off after a time if you chose not to continue with treatments, so it is not considered permanent.
Who can administer Dermal fillers?
You should only think about having Dermal Fillers performed by a qualified doctor. As experts in facial anatomy, we intimately understand the structure, nerves and delicacy of the face. Our aesthetics specialists are registered professionals and highly qualified in the most sophisticated procedures.
With professionally administered dermal filler, you can avoid the telltale ‘trout pout’ look and walk away with natural-looking, subtle results.
At Banning Skin Clinique, we work with Restylane® and Juvéderm® dermal filler products because of their proven effectiveness. Juvéderm® dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid-based gel injectables that replenish the skin by providing deep hydration to smoothe out stubborn wrinkles.
As a minimally invasive treatment, Juvéderm® fillers have enjoyed huge popularity thanks to their minimal downtime and noticeable results.
Juvéderm® products effectively reduce lines around the nose and mouth, restore volume to sunken cheeks, and enhance the lips. They continue working to activate the skin’s natural healing ability over a period lasting up to one year, with results becoming visible immediately after the treatment.