Dermal Fillers – What you should know.

Dermal Fillers – What you should know.

With ageing our facial features can change quite dramatically. The fat pads and boney structures giving shape and volume to the face, naturally regress. Bone reabsorption starts in the 30s for women but a lot later for men. Couple this with shrinking of the facial fat pads and a migration toward the lower part of the face leading to hollow under eyes, flattening of the cheeks and sagging around the jaw and chin area.

Dermal Fillers can be used to re-create the lost volume and structure when carefully placed in around the sites of concern. Knowledge of anatomy and anatomy of the ageing face is incredibly important to help clients achieve the natural youthful look.

Most of the fillers on the market can be classified as being biodegradable or permanent.

At Rejuveskin, we only use biodegradable fillers i.e. Hyaluronic Acid fillers, due to their extensive safety profile. Hyaluronic Acid exists in the body naturally with 50% of the body’s HA being found in skin. These dermal fillers provide a natural, healthier looking skin.

Why so many brands of filler?

Technology has evolves continually, and different brands of filler emerge all the time. They vary in the crosslinking of the hyaluronic acid, the source of the HA and the manufacturing process. But common to all is that they are all broken down over time and eliminated from the body. Importantly, in case of an emergency, they are also reversible, unlike permanent fillers, with a product called Hyaluronidase.

Does FDA approval matter in the UK?

Dermal fillers do not have to undergo safety and efficacy testing in the UK before being available on the market. Unfortunately, it is still a largely unregulated field in Aesthetics. Although FDA approval doesn’t apply in the UK, many Medical Aestheticians will only use FDA approved products at is the only guide we have with respect to safety profile of use in humans due to their strict guidelines.

What can fillers be used for?

  • Lip augmentation and restoring volume loss in the lips
  • Smoothing out peri-oral lines around the mouth
  • Restoring volume to the midface and cheeks
  • Filling out hollows under the eye area
  • Filling in deep lines eg nasolabial lines, marionette lines
  • Augmenting jawline and chin area
  • Non-surgical nose reshaping

How soon can the results be seen?

Immediately. However, there is likely to be some swelling and occasionally bruising post procedure, which can take up to 2 weeks to settle

How long will the results last?

Results may last from 6-18 months. The longevity of the results can be altered by many factors including age and lifestyle i.e. smoking, exercise

What can you expect during treatment?

If you are having lip augmentation, the lip is numbed with a topical local anaesthetic cream prior to treatment. The fillers themselves contain Lidocaine, a local anaesthetic, for the comfort of the client. Areas like the lip may feel more uncomfortable during treatment, compared with the cheek. However, Lidocaine is quick acting and helps numb the treated areas.

Most Importantly…

Research your Practitioner. Ask questions about their experience and skills. Do they know what to do in the rare case of an emergency. Ask questions about the products to be used.