With increasing coverage and concern in popular media over the past several years around ageing and body image, society has become increasingly focused on maintaining youthful looks and almost impossible standards of youthfulness and beauty; from Photoshop editing used to edit models into flawless, almost inhuman paragons of beauty to tabloids poking fun at accomplished and distinguished stars because their bodies are aging naturally, losing one’s looks due to the ageing process can be devastating.
In answer to this obsession with turning back the clock and beating the aging process, the past few decades have seen a variety of cosmetic procedures designed to help people of all ages attain physical perfection and appear youthful and unaffected.
One such solution which has become extremely popular is dermal fillers, which are highly touted as a safe and effective, non-invasive procedure that helps to restore skin’s youthfulness and reduce wrinkles and other imperfections brought on by age.
How Dermal Fillers Work
Dermal fillers are generally comprised of liquid and/or gel substances which are injected directly into wrinkles and creases in the skin in order to fill in the area beneath the skin and add volume, thereby smoothing out the look of the skin’s surface; fillers are so effective that they’re often deemed a ‘liquid facelift’ by those who have found the process successful.
Administering dermal fillers is a fast and easy process that results in no down time for the patient; over the course of about 15 to 30 minutes your surgeon will inject filler into specific areas of your face in order to augment the areas that you’ve agreed should be enhanced.
After the injections patients are free to leave and take on their normal daily activities with a few small stipulations such as being unable to touch the area of treatment for a period of time in order to avoid shifting the filler to other areas of the face.
Most often, surgeons will use filler without an anesthetic due to the quick and painless nature of the procedure, however in cases where injections are made in deeply creased areas such as the nasolabial folds and marionette lines around the mouth, a small amount of local anesthetic may be used.
Risks and Side Effects
Dermal fillers are generally very safe and as a result, risks and side effects are not only extremely rare, they are most often not serious; two of the most commonly reported issues after treatment are minor bruising and swelling at the injection site which generally disappears after a short period of time.
In very rare cases it is possible that an allergic reaction may occur and with any filler that’s derived from a human source it’s required that patients undergo a pre-treatment allergy test in order to screen for potential allergies.
Aside from this, there are very few other potential issues which range in severity from acne and skin sensitivity to numbness in the area and/or paralysis; if you experience any symptoms that are out of the ordinary, contact your surgeon as soon as possible in order to ensure that no further medical treatment is required.
For more information on this safe and effective method of facial rejuvenation using dermal fillers, contact Advanced Dermatology in Sydney today. They will be able to assit you with all your questions and further discuss how dermal fillers can help you reduce the signs of ageing and keep your skin smooth and supple!