What you Should Know about Dermal Fillers

If you’ve been wary about having cosmetic surgery done, or you’ve had bad experiences at a laser clinic, consider getting dermal fillers. These simple injections make it easy for you to “fill in” those areas that are full of wrinkles and/or sag. These procedures are designed to give you a more youthful appearance without the need to be on the operating table. You can see the results instantly within thirty minutes, unlike cosmetic surgery, which takes weeks to heal. A dermal filler can last between four months and up to a year, depending on the kind of filler substance you’re using.

Different Kinds of Dermal Fillers

Hyaluronic acid: this is the most common kind of dermal filler that is used on the market. These injections can last up to a year, and have been shown to help stimulate the body’s own production of natural collagen, meaning that there would be the need for less filler in the future. There are a few minor side effects, such as redness and swelling at the injection site, and the formation of small bumps from an allergic reaction.how do dermal fillers such as Restylane work

Synthetic: these are more chemical in nature, and are less common in the market. The effects of these dermal fillers are much longer and can typically last for up to a year before another injection is needed. However, due to the longer-lasting effect, there is an increased risk of side effects. These include swelling and bruising at the injection site, and nodules under the skin that may require surgical removal. In very extreme cases, misuse of synthetic fillers can result in permanent disfigurement.

Collagen: a purified form of collagen is created to provide a more natural look to the face. This isn’t designed to last very long, provided that collagen is an all-natural substance that is absorbed by the body. This can cause results to only last about a month before needing to make another appointment. The risk of an allergic reaction is minimal, given that the source of collagen is bovine-based, but it’s become quite popular for the more natural way it fills in lines and wrinkles.

Downside of Dermal Fillers

It is possible for some patients to develop an allergic reaction to the filler substance of the injection.  This can result in the formation of tiny bumps under the skin, which can sometimes be permanent. Another side effect is that the skin can develop a blue discoloration called the Tyndall effect. This is the scattering of light as a result of light passing through the dermal treatment under the skin. The change can last for several months, but there are treatment options to minimize its appearance. In very rare cases, the misuse of dermal filler can result in the death of skin cells

It’s important to keep in mind that not all injections are designed to work for every kind of wrinkle. Finding a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist will minimize your chances of suffering from terrible side effects from these cosmetic surgery procedures.

For more information, or to book an appointment, please contact the team at Star Cosmetic Medicine on 02 9518 4984.