What are Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers are a type of cosmetic facial treatment, made from natural or synthetic materials, injected directly into the skin to rejuvenate it. Boosting volume, defining contours and smoothing out wrinkles, many dermal fillers currently used in the UK are based on hyaluronic acid, a natural substance produced in our body to control the balance of key nutrients and moisture in our skin.

A series of small injections introduce the dermal filler into the skin of the chosen area, reducing the wrinkles and expression lines and restoring a healthy, youthful and natural volume to the skin. Many people who undergo dermal filler treatment claim the positive effects are immediately recognisable. While the effects of dermal filler injections are not permanent, they are quite long lasting. The revitalising effects of a single treatment will often last for 6 to 9 months.

Aging is a natural process, but many people become unhappy with areas of their faces where wrinkles and expression lines are clearly noticeable, skin looks tired and unhealthy and contours are ill defined. One great advantage of dermal filler treatments is that specific areas of the face can be treated over time as and when it is required, giving people a reassuring degree of control over how their face looks as they age.

While dermal fillers can be used to rejuvenate any area of facial skin and shape facial contours, there are common areas people regularly seek treatment for. Dermal filler injections to the cheeks and chin can restore definition lost when skin becomes limp and malnourished, reshaping the face and restoring a younger looking appearance. They are equally effective as a way to give fuller form and added volume to lips, enabling people to shape their smile.

Dermal filler is particularly effective when used to smooth wrinkles and creases caused naturally over time through facial expressions and skin aging. People often seek dermal filler treatment for the glabella lines, which develop between the brows and can become deeply furrowed. Likewise, the nasolabial folds running between the nose and mouth can become heavily lined and respond well to the dermal filler injections, which smooth away creases while reenergising the skin.

Overall, dermal filler treatment is painless, safe and usually completed within half an hour. While minor reactions to the injections like itching, mild bruising, swelling and redness can occur, these usually clear up after a couple of days, leaving the skin with a soft texture, healthy elasticity and renewed hydrobalance.