Facial Aesthetics – Dermal Fillers: What You Need To Know

Nov 14, 2016 | Cosmetic Treatments

Having dermal fillers can bring about a variety of benefits and drastically improve your confidence, wellbeing and desire to smile. Here are a few frequently asked questions that we receive about dermal fillers here at Shields.  Why would I need dermal fillers?

  • Dermal fillers are used to fill the wrinkles, creases and deep lines that age your face. They can also be used to add volume to your lips if they are thin and wrinkled as well as for contouring certain areas of the face such as to improve the appearance of scars and blemishes and to plumpen your cheeks.
  • Filling out hollows under the eye area.
  • Dermal fillers can be injected to increase volume in areas such as around the temple. This is sometimes necessary when the fat shifts beneath the surface of your skin.

Mature couple having fun in countryside Dermal fillers are made from a clear gel and there are various types, each characterised by their viscosity which in turn, determines how long they can last.   What is the difference between dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections? Both procedures involve injections and come under the ‘facial aesthetics’ treatment group however, anti-wrinkle injections are generally injected around the forehead and eye area, as the type of lines they target are often found in these areas. Whilst anti-wrinkle injections relax specific muscles, dermal fillers work by replacing lost volume that is lost through the natural ageing process or through:

  • Excessive consumption of alcohol.
  • Sun exposure.
  • Sun beds.

How do dermal fillers work? They are injected under the skin and work by expanding the neurofibres and tautening the skin to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Pretty woman against a grey background with copyspace. How long can dermal fillers last? The results of dermal fillers are instant and the effects can last for up to 9 months. Factors such as sun exposure and smoking will decrease their lifetime. The fillers are injected directly into the areas of the skin that the patient would like targeted, using an ultrafine needle and the fillers include quantities of local anaesthetic so that only minor discomfort is caused, especially when sensitive areas such as the lips are the desired treatment area. Dermal fillers should only be performed by qualified and experienced professionals. Here at Shields our team are available to carry out dermal fillers and other treatments under the umbrella of ‘facial aesthetics’. If you would like further information about facial aesthetics at Shields Dental & Orthodontic Clinic, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can arrange a consultation for you.

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