Dermal Fillers - what are they ?
Directly After Treatment
On the market today there are many types of Dermal Fillers available. New technologically
advanced products have somewhat replaced the once used animal based products which were
constituted mainly of bovine collagen which is an animal derivative. These older products
had their problems and quite often resulted in allergic reactions. Today most Dermal Fillers
used are replicated from either the Hyaluronic Acid or Poly-lactic Acid molecule. Both of these
are naturally occurring substances within the human body and for ethical reasons are the number
one choice since campaigners have been fighting against animal derived products being used
in the Beauty Industry.
Thankfully, with today’s pharmaceutical advancements the mainstream Dermal Fillers are now
synthesized in a laboratory and are based on the same substance our body produces naturally
known as Hyaluronic Acid. This substance is found in all living tissue such as skin, collagen and
is abundant in the synovial fluid which lubricates our joints to stop wear and tear.
Since the product is synthesised to replicate the same Hyaluronic Acid molecule and is not derived
from animal sources, no allergy test is required prior to administering.
Are Dermal Fillers safe?
Dermal Fillers today have a very high degree of safety. The Dermal Fillers we use are extremely
safe and are very well tolerated. The safety profile based on the manufacturers clinical studies
have shown that allergic reactions which were mild and only of a swelling nature are one in
2000 patients. Any other reactions are very rare indeed.
No skin test required
A major benefit of Hyaluronic Acid and Poly-lactic Acid is that it is chemically identical in
all living organisms and therefore has no immunological properties so no sensitivity test is
required prior to administering the treatment. Only very mild reactions have been reported which
were of a swelling nature and these subsided over a few days. In some cases the swelling has been
known to last around a week and this was when the treatment was used to increase lip volume.
Bearing in mind the lips are the most vascular area containing many sensory nerves, thus are the
most likely to swell.
Where are Dermal Fillers used?
Dermal Fillers come in different grades and particle size and have been specifically designed to
carry out a certain job. A small particle size is designed to work in reducing fine lines such as
those around the eyes known as ‘crows feet’ and ‘smokers lines’ around the mouth and upper lip. A
larger particle size is used to fill deeper lines such as the Glabella lines also known as ‘frown lines’.
Other areas that are very much requested for enhancement are the lips in order to create a more
sensual pout and a little volume. Generally, most lines on the face can be treated and made to appear
softer with the use of the correct Dermal Filler.
There are many different brands of Dermal Fillers available but we choose to use the most reliable
and those which have a long-standing history of use. The following are very well tolerated and have
an excellent record of use in the Anti – Ageing Industry. We use Restylane, Juvaderm, Hydra Fill,
How long do Demal Fillers last?
The duration of the treatment’s life is dependant on several factors. Since the properties of
Hyaluronic Acid are comparable to our body’s own natural make-up the product will eventually be broken
down and reabsorbed just like our cells are constantly renewed. Usual life expectancy is also dependant
on the particle size and which products have been used. Hyaluronic Acid fillers have a typical life
of anything from three months to nine months and sometimes longer. This factor also depends on healthy
lifestyle, healthy diet and so on.
Treatment Images Above.
The pictures above show a male client who has received treatment of the nasolabial folds. These are
the lines which run from the side of the nostrils down to the corners of the mouth. The treatment was
carried using Hydra Fill Grade 2 which is a Dermal Filler designed to be used in these specific areas.
Skin texture is also crucial when deciding which grade of filler to use and in his case Hydra Fill
Grade 2 was the correct choice. As you can see, the area has been softened a great deal and the lines
have been dramatically reduced.