Facial fillers are used to reduce the appearance of unwanted facial lines, to restore fullness to the face and to fill in scars. As our skin ages, the face naturally loses most of the subcutaneous fat. The facial muscles have to work much closer to the surface of the skin which is why frown lines and crow’s feet are more prominent. The skin also stretches and this contributes to a loss in facial volume. Other factors that age the skin are sun exposure, lifestyle and heredity.
IAPAM (International Association of Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine) promotes the safe and responsible training of medical professionals in the field of aesthetic procedures. They guide dermal filler administrators on how to answer patients’ questions and provide them with the best treatment option that is available.
What Can Be Achieved Using Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers help fill out the face and smoothen any deep lines or creases such as the marionette wrinkles or laugh lines. It can also be used to reduce the appearance of bumps on the nose and is a much safer and less invasive alternative to rhinoplasty.
As the name suggests, facial fillers can help add volume to the cheeks and enhance their shape, making the patient look younger. The hollow area under the eyes can also be corrected with dermal filler injections. Facial fillers can also be used to make the lips look fuller as the gel in the injections supports the production of tissue.
People who have indents and scars from acne or skin conditions get dermal filler injected into their face to make the skin smooth and even. It can also fill out the cheek and temple areas to reduce the gauntness which occurs due to the shifting of fat pads under the skin’s surface.
How Dermal Fillers Help
Facial fillers are injections containing a synthetic material that is sourced from natural elements. It is directly pumped into the skin to fill out the area and make the fold, wrinkle or depression go away. The effects of the fillers can last from 6 months to two years depending on the type of filler used. Patients have reported experiencing even longer results in some cases.
However, dermal fillers should not be confused with Botox even though both require the injecting of material into the skin. Botox is only used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while facial fillers have a plumping or smoothing effect on the skin.
Benefits of Dermal Fillers
The treatment is gradual so people cannot tell that the patient had any work done. Several appointments are scheduled before the desired results are seen. The dermal fillers not only add volume to the lips but also remove any lumps or bumps that might have formed on them.
A negligible amount of bruising or swelling is caused by the application of facial filler injections. The desired results last for a long time, unlike Botox which requires the treated area to be injected every few months.
Dermal Fillers for Modeling the Nose – for a non-surgical nose job
The shape of the nose can be changed by injecting dermal fillers. The injections treat bumps on the nose, straighten the bridge, add volume to a flat nose or fix the shape of a nose that has been broken due to an injury. Getting facial fillers injected is a much safer and quicker alternative to surgical rhinoplasty.
This option is better suited to patients who have a minor problem regarding the aesthetic aspect of the nose such as a bump or slight unevenness. It can also produce amazing results for those who have a small hole in their nose. It is not recommended to those who have a thicker nose as the treatment will have little or no effect. There is no restriction on the age of the patient as dermal filler administrators have reported success with patients in their 20s and patients in their 40s, 50s and older.
However, IAPAM recommends that before administrators attempt to correct the shape of a patient’s nose with dermal fillers they should get trained in the procedure. This will enable all administrators to deal with any complications that might arise after the procedure.
Dermal Fillers for Evening out Scars
Facial fillers can be used to even out scars and make the surface of the skin smooth and uniform. This treatment is effective for all types of dents, scars and pits. The amount of sessions that are required to fix the problem may depend on the deepness and quantity of scars. There are many types of facial fillers that can be used to fill out scars, such as Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane.
Dermal fillers bring a significant difference in the appearance of scars almost immediately and continue to improve the texture of the skin over the following few months. The filler breaks down the scarred bands hence the process takes a couple of weeks to complete. The injection promotes the production of natural collagen which also modifies the skin and stretches the fibroblasts in the dermal filler over the scars.
Dermal Fillers for Lip Augmentation
Facial fillers are used to change the shape of the lips or add more volume to make them appear fuller and plumper. Those who are not satisfied with the natural structure of their lips use dermal fillers to augment the appearance. The effects of the injections last for up to six months after which they have to be reapplied.
The difference in the lips can be visible immediately after the procedure and once the swelling heals, the lips look natural. There are no permanent side-effects to the treatment if the patient is in good health and does not suffer from any major health illnesses.
When Patients Should Get Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers can correct wrinkles, sunken skin, scars or any other skin issue related to aging. However, it is not recommended to everyone as there are certain factors to be considered. Certified dermal filler administrators should only take on patients once they have been recommended by dermatologists to avoid any complications in the future.