As we all know, our skin changes as we get older. A lot of these changes occur underneath the skin surface as we lose elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid (HA) from the dermis (layers under the skin). These are key ingredients for keeping our skin structure youthful, hydrated and contoured.
Dermal fillers (such as lip fillers) can help replace the hyaluronic acid that we lose as we get older - this is a naturally occurring sugar found in every part of our body. By replacing what we have lost, we can regain a youthful structure and glow.
The main product I use is Teoxane, a Swiss-made, award-winning brand that gives excellent results.
All HA dermal fillers are temporary and usually last between 6-12 months, sometimes longer. Dermal filler results can last longer and be even more impressive when used in combination with anti-wrinkle Botox® injections (when indicated).
Dermal fillers are mainly comprised of hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring sugar present all over the body. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of the ingredients that helps to give skin its structure, volume and hydration. The concentration of HA diminishes with age and hence the structure, volume and hydration of the skin reduces as we get older. The HA used in dermal fillers is synthetically made. However, once within the skin it quickly becomes incorporated and ultimately replaces what we have lost.
Once injected into the skin, hyaluronic acid becomes part of your natural HA matrix. The filler can be massaged and moulded into the desired areas to improve appearance and correct a multitude of problems. HA will continue to settle and take up water for the first 1-2 weeks following application, full results can therefore be evaluated after approximately two weeks have elapsed.
We all produce the natural antidote to HA, which is an enzyme called hyaluronidase (“hyalase”). Hyalase breaks down our naturally occurring HA over time (which is why we lose it in the first place) and it does the same to the synthetic HA; this is what causes the HA in dermal fillers to wear off over time.
Dermal fillers are very safe, this is due to the fact that HA occurs naturally in the body. However, they are not indicated (suitable) for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, this is due to the fact that clinical trials have not been carried out.
Following treatment, some redness, swelling and\or bruising may be noticeable. Whilst everything possible is done to avoid this, I always recommend that dermal filler treatment be planned with respect to any upcoming engagements - you should expect to look your best approximately 2 weeks after application.
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