Over the years, your body will be subjected to stress, pollution and natural ageing. The signs of this can often be most clearly seen on your face. Definition to the contours of your face can begin to fade, as fat and collagen that lies under your skin is lost. This can result in you looking older on the outside than you feel on the inside. Facial aesthetics is a field that has developed to address these effects and rejuvenate your facial appearance. There is a range of therapies that come under facial aesthetics, including dermal fillers treatment.
In the hands of a dental professional, such as at Face Station in Richmond, dermal fillers can effectively refresh your facial appearance for a more youthful look. This can be achieved without the need for invasive surgery.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are substances that can be safely placed under the skin to fill the gaps created by lost fat and collagen. They come in several forms, with biodegradable dermal fillers, such as hyaluronic acid, bringing the fewest risks. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is found naturally in the human body, which allows it to be safely absorbed by the body as it degrades. This also means its effects are temporary.
Dermal fillers treatment: the procedure
Small needles are used to precisely inject dermal fillers under the facial skin to restore volume and shape, reduce wrinkles and soften expression lines. Topical anaesthetic is used to numb regions being treated, ensuring minimal discomfort. Dermal fillers can also be used to plump up the lips. This area is more sensitive and so treatment here requires local anaesthetic. Treatments are usually completed within 30 minutes and should always be carried out by a trained professional.
How long do dermal filler treatments last?
The longevity of dermal fillers treatment depends on the area treated. In general most facial areas will retain their new look for around six to eight months. The lips are subject to more mechanical stress and so effects here do not last quite as long, usually around five to six months. You will therefore need further treatments to maintain your new look.