Dermal fillers are injectable treatments to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Collagen was the first in 1976 and is still widely used. Products containing hyaluronic acid such as Restylane, Perlane and Hylaform have become available over the last 5-6 years and proved highly popular. Be wary of new fillers. The regulations at present are not very demanding so a product can be promoted after minimal testing.
Results depend on:
- the part of the face which is treated
- how much movement there is in the treated area
- the condition of the skin
- the experience and skill of the person performing the treatment.
Dermal fillers can be used to improve:
- deep ‘smile lines’ which run from the side of the nose to the corners of the mouth
- ‘crows feet’ at the corner of the eyes
- ‘frown lines’ between the eyebrows
- smokers lines’ which are vertical lines on the top lip
- marionette lines’ at the corner of the mouth
- ‘worry lines’ which run across the forehead
- the definition of the lip border
- other facial lines.
- acne scars
- depressions or pockmarks in the skin due to injury or disease, for example, chickenpox marks
- unevenness in the skin after surgery or skin grafting
Some defects can be difficult to improve with the first treatment and although you may notice some improvement, more treatments may be needed to get best results.
Treatment with dermal fillers is not going to be successful for every person, and results and duration are variable.