What are dermal fillers and how do they work?

By Dr. Aaron Stanes

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    What Are Dermal Fillers and How Do They Work?

    Dermal fillers are a cornerstone in non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Their ability to rejuvenate and enhance facial features with no downtime makes them a popular choice. Before treatment it’s important to know what dermal fillers are and how they work.

    Understanding Dermal Fillers

    Dermal fillers are gel substance injected beneath the skin to restore volume, smooth lines, and enhance facial contours. They are commonly used to treat:

    – Wrinkles and fine lines: Particularly those around the mouth, nose, and eyes.

    – Facial hollowness: In areas such as the cheeks, temples, and under-eye.

    – Lip enhancement: Adding volume and definition to the lips.

    – Scarring: Softening the appearance of hollow scars.

    Types of Dermal Fillers

    Several types of dermal fillers are available, each with unique benefits:

    1. Hyaluronic acid fillers: The most common type, made of a naturally occurring substance found in your skin. They are reversible, give instant results lasting months to years, and can be reversed.

    2. Collagen stimulating fillers: These fillers add volume and stimulate collagen synthesis. Collagen rejuvenates the facial tissues and skin at the molecular level.

    3. Poly-L-lactic acid fillers: Known as Sculptra, this product is a biodegradable synthetic filler, which also stimulates collagen. They are long lasting, but do not add instant volume like collagen stimulating fillers.

    How Dermal Fillers Work

    The primary mechanism of dermal fillers is to volumise the injected area. By volumising, dermal fillers can treat various concerns such as wrinkles and hollows. Strategically placing fillers also allows us to contour certain facial features such as your nose and lips.

    Dermal fillers are an effective way to enhance your appearance without surgery. By understanding dermal fillers, you can make an informed decisions about your treatment.

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