Wrinkles are an unavoidable part of the ageing process. As you spot the first signs of ageing on your skin, typically on your face, you start looking for the best treatments available to enhance the look of your skin. One of the best ways to counter the signs of ageing is to use fillers. Fillers are very popular because you don’t need to go through a surgical procedure. Why are fillers considered the best method to tackle wrinkles? Let’s understand with the following facts.


Ageing – The natural process

Sometime during your mid 30s your body stops producing collagen and elastin. This makes the skin dull and dry. At this time you start noticing wrinkles on your face, around your eyes, and on the forehead. Fillers in the form of injections can fill smoothen out wrinkles and improve the texture and tone of the facial skin.


Dermal Fillers – The Non-Surgical Treatment

Fillers, also called as dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural substance found in our body. HA is a sugar chain molecule that can attract and bind water in the skin. As HA works along with the little collagen available in the body, it helps in providing better elasticity to the skin. As you age, your body produces less amount of HA. Hence, dermal filler injections compensate this loss at those areas where you need them most.

Dermal filler treatment is an outpatient procedure that takes about 15 minutes. There is minimal pain involved. You can resume your normal activities from the next day. When the dermal filler is injected into the skin, the solution fills the soft tissue under the skin, erasing the wrinkle and giving the skin a plump look. The whole procedure is less expensive than a face lift procedure. Cost also depends on the type of filler used.


Types of Dermal Fillers

There are different types of dermal fillers – synthetic or natural, absorbable or non- absorbable. Each type of filler produces different results. Some of the most common of these fillers are HA, Bovine collagen, fat cells harvested from the body, man-made biodegradable polymer, calcium hydroxylapatite, and microscopic plastic beads. Ensure that your doctor uses fillers that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


Results of Dermal Filler Treatment

The results that you can expect depends on the number of injections made, the type of hyaluronic acid used, and the purpose of the treatment. After the procedure, you may notice redness, swelling, itching, and pain, which will last for a day. The results of the treatment are immediate and last up to 18 months.



Side Effects of Dermal Fillers

Side effects associated with dermal fillers include infection, bleeding, and allergies. All of these can be effectively handled by your doctor. Side effects are minimal as the filler is biocompatible with the body’s natural substance.

Before you go for a filler treatment, talk to your doctor about the type of filler and the possible cost.


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