Cosmetic Dermal Filler
The passing of time has a gradual effect on our skin which is when a cosmetic dermal filler is useful. The aging process involves the natural decrease of components such as fat and collagen within the facial tissues. This reduction of natural fat and collagen can cause an increase of visible wrinkles and sags on the body, especially the face. A cosmetic dermal filler can be used to help smooth away the wrinkles and sags leaving a more smooth look to the face.
What is a Cosmetic Dermal Filler?
The procedure is also known by other terms such as a liquid face lift or wrinkle filler. The use of cosmetic dermal fillers is considered a minimally invasive procedure compared to face lift surgery. It involves the injection of material into the patients' mid to deep dermal layer of skin which will fill in the wrinkle area. The process is used specifically to correct the wrinkles and folds which can appear due to age, facial trauma or severe acne.
Types of Cosmetic Dermal Fillers
The procedure can be performed to aid the reduction of wrinkles around the eyes, brow of the face, bridge of the nose, mouth, cheeks and jawline. The lips have been known to be filled with a dermal filler also. Today, there are several types of fillers available on the market, which include:
The type of cosmetic dermal filler used depends on the type of correction to be made. These fillers are made of injectable materials that can either be non-absorbent or absorbent. The non-absorbent fillers contain Polymethylmethacrylate beads (PMMA) microspheres. The absorbent fillers are either natural or synthetic. The general use for both of these fillers is for the correction of lines extending from the nose and the corner of the mouth (nasolabial) folds. The injections are believed to help reduce wrinkles, folds (laugh lines), acne scars, jowls, sagging eyebrows, cheek impressions, vertical lip lines and thinning lips.
- Human Collagen
- Bovine Collagen (cow)
- Donor tissue fat
- Patient tissue fat (autologous donor fat)
- Hyaluronic Acid
Which Cosmetic Dermal Filler Should I Use?
Depending on the type of condition present, the use of fillers is generally only a temporary fix. Collagen fillers made from bovine or human cells can last up to 3-4 months. Hyaluronic acid fillers contain natural sugars found in body tissues and can last up to 6-12 months. The acid which combines with water causes it to swell and helps reduce the wrinkle appearance. Some man-made filers last longer after a series of several injections over a period of time.
The price of the cosmetic dermal filler procedure varies and is dependent on what the patient is looking to correct. There have been some side effects experienced by patients including bruising, redness, swelling pain and tenderness. These side effects are known to subside after a few hours. The patient is usually required to have allergy testing done if the use of bovine fillers are to be used. The patient is advised of the possible outcomes of the procedure and should be made aware of any risks involved.
The end result of cosmetic dermal filler treatment is a satisfied patient. The outcome is visible once the patient looks in the mirror and realises that time can be slowed down, at least when it comes to wrinkle lines.
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