There is a growing, insatiable need to look younger and feel better these days. The beauty industry has received an impetus with the advancement in skin care technology. The latest to hit the market are dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers are fast gaining a reputation of being able to tweak appearances. Botox became quite a rage in the recent past with celebrities and film stars falling for it.
Botox has been ousted and has been now replaced with minimally invasive surgical procedures called dermal fillers. Let’s see the various techniques employed in the use of dermal fillers.
What’s a Dermal Filler?
A dermal filler is a product that is injected into the epidermis or the upper layer of the skin to add more volume and structure to the skin. There are various types of fillers that are now being used. The more popular ones are collagen fillers, hyaluronic acid based fillers and polylactic acid based fillers.
Use Of Dermal Filler
Dermal fillers are largely being used to correct blemishes, acne scars and filling in facial lines. They have been used liberally to make the lips look fuller and to give the distinctive appearance of a pout.
Fillers are also being used to correct lip deformities and asymmetrical shaped lips. Dark circles are easily treated by filling in the hollows under the eyes. These give the appearance of stretched out skin and reduce the appearance of dark circles. The hands and necks are also rejuvenated by treating the skin surrounding them.
Who Uses Them?
Dermal fillers are increasingly being used by young men and women to preserve their looks and look younger. A large number of people from the age group of 30-35 are now opting for dermal fillers.
The Technique For Dermal Filler
While botox relaxes the muscles surrounding the wrinkles, giving you a smooth, youthful and rejuvenated appearance, dermal fillers fill in the depleted facial features.
They also help to stimulate collagen growth. These fillers help to plump up the skin and lift the skin to reverse the collagen loss that has occurred in the skin due to the ageing process.
The best thing about fillers is that they can be dissolved if the desired results are not achieved. With botox however, damage can be irreversible up to 2-3 months at least.
Dermal procedures are a lunch time procedure. A lot of women can opt for them during their office breaks as it does not take more than 30 minutes to complete the procedure.
The results of dermal fillers are immediate with noticeable differences in the facial features. A topical anaesthetic cream is applied locally to anesthetize the skin half an hour before the procedure.
The filler is then injected with the help of a needle. Temporary swelling and redness may appear which then disappears after some time. The cost for a semi-permanent filler is around Rs 27000.
Fillers can cause mild bruising and an allergic reaction around the skin. People who suffer from cold sores might suffer a recurrence though this can be treated with the help of anti-viral medications. Permanent fillers are more risky. If not injected properly, these can cause ungainly lumps and bumps over the face.
Precautions For Dermal Filler
Avoid taking any pain medications, and blood thinners before the procedure. Do not take steam or sauna for at least a week after the procedure. Avoid heavy, weight bearing exercises and massages to the affected area. Do not kiss for 24 hours especially if you have used a filler around your lips. Don’t bleach, wax or thread the affected area.