Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are one of the most sought after solutions for wrinkles and sagging skin on the face. Dermal Fillers are also known as: wrinkle fillers, injectable implants and facial soft tissue fillers. This procedure helps in restoring a youthful glow, by making one’s skin look fresher and younger.

The dermal filler may consist of calcium hydroxylapatite, hyaluronic acid, collagen or Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) which is injected in the skin’s dermis, in the deep layer of the skin that contains the natural collagen.

  • Calcium hydroxylapatite – this is a mineral that is present in our teeth and bones. The Calcium hydroxylapatite is suspended in a gel-like solution and is injected in the skin. The effect of this lasts for 2 years.
  • Hyaluronic acid – this is a vital polysaccharide that is present in our skin and in the cartilage. In order for the hyaluronic acid to last longer, it should be chemically combined. It forms a gel when combined with water and is effective in removing skin wrinkles.
  • Collagen – this is a very important protein that is present in the skin. It effectively prevents skin wrinkles and skin loosening. The effect of this collagen filler lasts for 3 to 4 months.
  • Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) – this is used in absorbable stitches and bones screws. It is a biodegradable, biocompatible synthetic polymer which lasts for about 2 years, with the beneficial effects of PLLA becoming visible over time.

Procedure:

Dermal FillersThe procedure lasts approximately 15 to 30 minutes. One may choose from the kind of material to be injected (calcium hydroxylapatite, hyaluronic acid, collagen, Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) – whichever is appropriate for the skin. An anaesthetic cream may be applied during the procedure to alleviate any discomfort. The number of repeat injections will depend upon the doctor’s advice.

Expect the treated area to swell and become red, but this is only temporary. It may take a few weeks for the effects to be fully seen.

A combination can also be used as per advice. Botox can be used in conjunction with other skin treatments in order to achieve the desired results.

Side effects:

  • Hypersensitivity reaction or an allergic reaction with the material used.
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Redness

Risks and Complications:

  • Nodules
  • Bumps
  • Granulomas
  • Cysts or irregularities at the site of injection
  • Infection but it’s very rare