Instant Smoothing & Enhancing of Contours
As we age, our skin loses volume and this, together with loss of elasticity and deterioration in skin tone and surface texture contributes to the classic triad of the ageing signs of the face.
Address Descent, Deterioration & Deflation
The issue of 'deflation' and to an extent, 'descent' can be addressed by the careful use of dermal fillers. They were originally designed to soften the appearance of scars, but over time have come to be used increasingly for facial rejuvenation in the aesthetic industry.
There are many different fillers available nowadays and they can be categorised in a variety of ways, such as how long they last, type, and the area to be treated.
How long do they last?
Hyaluronic Acid (HLA), Non-animal derived
Hydroxyapetite. Stimulates collagen formation
Only used in encapsulated form for body implants now. Breast, buttock, calf etc
Area to be treated
Cheeks, jaw sculpting
Nasolabial folds, Marionette lines
Air brushing, glabella, peri-oral lines (lip wrinkles)
The most common are the Hyaluronic Acid fillers like Juvederm®, Restylane® , Teoxane™ or Belotero®. These are derived from non–animal sources. Other types can be derived from plant sources or from algae. There are also collagen derived fillers but these are far less common now and have fallen out of favour because of the long term side effects.
From the categories in the table you can see there are a particular group of dermal fillers which stimulate collagen. To an extent, they all do, but some are specifically designed to do just that. These are the Elanesse®, Radiesse® or Sculptra®. These could also be grouped as semi-permanent and the effect they have cannot be reversed.
Deep volumising fillers e.g. Voluma® or Volux™ by Allergan or Belotero Intense® by MERZ are very useful for filling the ‘split’ in the cheek fat pad which can be disproportionately ageing. It doesn’t take much to restore a more ‘youthful’ appearance or, more importantly, a less tired one.