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Dermal Fillers

As the skin ages, it gradually loses collagen, elastin and fat. These are the components of the skin that give it structure – the scaffolding of the skin. When present in high amounts, skin is supple, firm and plump. As the levels of these components decrease, our skin becomes thinner, more lined and wrinkled with reduced volume, plumpness and fullness.

Strategically placed fillers take the place of lost fat pads and collagen. Some even promote the production of collagen. This helps to restore the skin’s volume and fill deep wrinkles, thus giving the face a firmer, more youthful appearance. Not only are injectable fillers used to restore lost volume and firmness, they can also be used to sculpt and change the appearance of your face.

Dermal Fillers can be used for:

  • Non-surgical Lip augmentation – probably the most common use of dermal fillers
  • Filling static, deep lines around the lips, the lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial lines), smile lines, marionette lines and crow’s feet
  • Adding volume to sunken cheeks and weak chins
  • Liquid or lunchtime face lift
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Filling deep acne scars
  • Rejuvenating ageing hands and necks

Dermal fillers are a multi functioning treatment and can be used reduce deep lines and wrinkles, fill hollows and smooth the contours as well as adding or restoring volume to areas of the face such as lips or cheeks.

At around the age of 25, the body stops producing collagen and elastin, the two proteins that work together to keep tissue firm and skin elastic, and the existing collagen in the body begins to break down. Without these two proteins, the body begins to display the typical signs of ageing (things like sunken cheeks, hollow eyes, deep lines and wrinkles) as the body no longer has a means of keeping tissue strong and skin supple.

Anti-ageing facial fillers are a non-surgical solution to achieve younger looking skin and smooth tired lines and wrinkles, providing natural looking rejuvenated outcomes.

• The majority of brands are made from hyaluronic acid

• Immediate results

• Single treatment

• Minimal downtime

• Lasts 6-18 months depending on the product used and site of treatment

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar chain molecule found in all skin and soft tissues throughout the body, identical across species. It attracts and binds water in the skin, providing volume and hydration, but also ‘cushioning’ and supporting collagen and elastin fibres and providing a medium, or carrier, for chemical messages between the cells.

Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are a clear sterile gel in a syringe for injection into the skin providing instant correction.

Dermal fillers are manufactured, usually through fermentation and cross linking with proteins to produce a clear, sterile gel for injection into the skin.

Not all hyaluronic acids are the same and legitimate brands are NOT available for general sale on the internet and should only be administered by trained clinicians. Each brand has a range of ‘tissue tailored’ products designed for specific results. One size does not fit all.

Some leading FDA cleared and well established brands include, but are not limited to:

Juvederm™

Restylane™

Belotero™

Teosyal™

All treatments carry a degree of risk.

All risks and complications will be discussed with you at consultation and prior to any treatment being agreed. Dermal fillers should be administered by a healthcare professional with specialist training. Side effects include, but are not limited to;

• Redness

• Swelling

• Bruising

• Itching

• Tenderness

The above are temporary and usually resolve within the first few days, swelling is often marked the next morning but settles within hours, bruising can take a week to 10 days to resolve and can sometimes persist for longer.

There are many licensed brands of dermal filler available in the UK. Here at US:KIN Aesthetic Clinic we use: Juvéderm® (Allergan Medical Institute), Teoxane®(Teoxane Laboratories) and Belotero (Merz Aesthetics). Practitioners will likely use a range of brands for different treatments, based on your facial anatomy, their knowledge and experience.

The effects of dermal fillers last between 6 – 18 months, but if the results are not satisfactory, they can be reversed by dissolving it.

 

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