Dermal filler is used to smooth out lines and wrinkles, as well as replacing lost volume in the face.
A dermal filler, such as Restylane, works very differently from an anti-wrinkle injectable like botox; the latter is used to paralyse the muscle in certain areas of the face so that the overlying skin stops wrinkling with each facial movement.
Dermal filler, on the other hand, is used to fill and plump up existing wrinkles and creases. It works well on deep or ‘static’ wrinkles, ones that remain on your face after the movement (laughing, frowning) has stopped.
It’s a very versatile substance and there are several different types available, depending on the results required and the area of the face it is to be injected into. The most common uses of dermal filler are:
Lip Augmentation or enhancement
A full mouth is attractive and youthful. For many women, thin lips-either upper, lower or both- can make you look dour or stern, and can be very ageing. It’s easy for Dr. Fay to use a dermal filler like Restylane, with its soft hyaluronic acid gel consistency, to make your lips look fuller and slightly more pronounced without looking unbalanced or unnatural.
Restylane is injected into the inside of the upper and/or lower lip to produce the augmentation, and depending on the shape of your mouth and your own requirements, a little Restylane can also be injected along the edge of the lips to produce a more youthful and appealing look.
Very small volumes of dermal filler can create a beautifully defined mouth without in any way altering or distending the lips; Dr. Fay has a light touch and will ensure both sides of the mouth are symmetrical, massaging in the dermal filler to ensure a totally smooth appearance and even distribution. She will tailor the procedure for you.
Tear troughs are deep grooves that can appear between the lower eyelid and the cheek.
They are dreadfully ageing, and dermal filler can be used even in the deepest of tear troughs to restore volume and even out the skin, eliminating the hollows and shadows.
Ant-wrinkle injectables such as botox will relax facial muscles to release dynamic wrinkles, but only a dermal filler can restore lost facial volume as a result of ageing.
Increased volume creates facial fullness and symmetry, enhances certain facial features, and lessens the signs of ageing.
Smile and Forehead Lines and Wrinkles
Dermal filler is ideal for decreasing those deep horizontal lines across your forehead. It can be used, in conjunction with an anti-wrinkle injectable, for the vertical grooves between your eyebrows to help smooth out the network of lines going on in every direction!
The naso-labial lines, running from the sides of the nose to the outer corners of the mouth, can get very deep with age and a dermal filler can make them far less visible.
Using dermal filler in this way has an almost facelift-like effect, pushing back the hands of time and making you look much younger and more relaxed.
Acne Scar Treatment and Removal
Scars, pitting and pockmarks are an unwelcome legacy of adolescent acne. Some types of dermal filler are used to fill the scar ‘crater’, filling and smoothing the surface of the depression, making the marks far less visible. The results are immediately apparent and the appearance of scarring is minimised considerably.
These are only some of the recommended uses for dermal fillers. To get a comprehensive assessment and see how clever aesthetic use of dermal filler can benefit you, make your appointment at Cosmetic Doctor by calling 01 685 3100.