The emergence of botulinum toxin injection has paved the way to the discovery of fillers. Previously, different types of fillers were used, such as collagen, silicone and even paraffin. Consequently, most were abandoned due to the high incidence of complications and permanent damage.
Below are the two common fillers used today.
HYALURONIC ACID FILLERS
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a protein that is naturally found in the soft connective tissue of our skin. Dermal fillers made of HA are gel-like substances that are effective in restoring skin to its youthful glory and replenishing volume loss.
The gel is introduced to the dermis using a fine needle. Topical anaesthesia may be applied prior to the injection. However, there are fillers that incorporate lidocaine, an anaesthetic substance to block any pain or discomfort associated with the treatment.
HA dermal fillers can give instant results that help augment the lips and achieve a smoother younger-looking appearance. It is the most widely used type of dermal fillers and the most popular. One key advantage of HA fillers is the availability of hyaluronidase, a substance that can break down hyaluronic acid.
Side Effects, Risks and Complications
Slight swelling and bruising may be evident for the first few hours following the injection and will eventually subside.
The duration of the dermal fillers varies for each individual. Dermal fillers are considered temporary treatment and usually last from 6 to 18 months.
AUTOLOGOUS FAT INJECTION
Another option for those who want to fill in gaps and wrinkles is through nano-fat injection. It uses one’s fat (autologous) that is filtered and purified and injected much like a dermal filler. It can be used to volumize the cheeks, lines around the mouth and even the lips. Reaction from the fat is less likely to happen. The effectiveness of the fat injection may vary depending on the person’s lifestyle. They should maintain a stable weight and avoid significant weight fluctuations. They should also avoid smoking as smoking has a detrimental effect on the injected fat which results in the loss of fat.
The goal of filler therapy is not just to restore youth by softening the lines but also to re-establish fullness and smoothen contours. Dermal fillers or autologous fat injection offer the opportunity to improve attractiveness by minimising wrinkles and lines and pursuing ideal proportions for each individual.
Here in Dubai, FILLERS are available at London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery located in Dubai Healthcare City.