Dermal Filler Treatments
Dermal fillers treatments are used to soften and contour lines, folds, and wrinkles. Unwanted folds and wrinkles can be “plumped up” to reduce their appearance, resulting in a smoother, more youthful looking skin.
Dermal fillers treatments are particularly suitable for the lower face. The naso-labial lines (between the nose and mouth), Marionette lines (around the mouth), smile lines on the cheeks and chin indentations can all be treated.
Dermal fillers treatments are also effective at returning the lips to a younger and more sensual look. Overtime lips gradually become thinner and smaller and can develop fine lines around their borders. Dermal fillers can enhance thin lips, create a more defined lip border and lift the corners of the mouth.
The most commonly used dermal fillers areHyaluronic acid based. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in humans. In its treatment form it is a gel-like solution which is injected into the skin
The effects of Dermal fillers treatments usually last for 6-12 months. Most clients have top-ups when they feel the effect is starting to diminish i.e. any time between 6 and 12 months. With repeated treatments the effects often last longer. If you choose not to have the treatment repeated the correction of the wrinkles and the enhanced lip effect will gradually become less noticeable until your skin looks like it did before the treatment.
After consultation with an Oris doctor, a personalized treatment can be decided upon, suitable for your individual needs.
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
The basic principle of dermal fillers is that they have a ‘plumping’ effect on skin and as a result reducing the signs of ageing skin. Different fillers may achieve desired effects in slightly different ways, but the result is that the skin will look more youthful and refreshed.
Our skin is made up of two layers, the epidermis and the dermis. The outermost layer is the epidermis and its main function is to provide protection against the elements and to regulate loss of moisture from tissues and cells, thus serving as a barrier to the outside environment.
The dermis is directly below the epidermis and contains the skin’s structural elements, such as nerves, hair follicles and blood vessels.
The dermis contains collagen which gives the skin its elasticity and strength, offering fundamental support to the skin. As we age the epidermis gradually becomes thinner and provides less protection to the dermis layer. In addition, collagen production in the body slows down considerably and the existing collagen becomes ineffective.
The result is an increase in the appearance of wrinkles, folds, depressions and other forms of skin characteristics associated with ageing. Dermal fillers work as replenishment for the natural collagen which has been rendered less effective by the ageing process and in response adds volume, increases hydration and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Are Dermal Filler Injections Safe?
Everybody recalls the tragic results shown by Leslie Ash in early 2000, who received lip filler injections. The product used in her case was an injection of liquid silicone. This has no relationship at all to dermal fillersused today in aesthetic procedures.
There are a few issues and problems with hyaluronic acid fillers but these are in general very rare. These issues should be discussed with your aesthetic practitioner to ensure you know he or she is properly qualified and that you yourself won’t be added to a list of unsuccessful treatments and remain in safe hands.
For more information on the facts and myths of Dermal Filler treatments, read our Dermal Fillers Frequently Asked Questions
How Are Dermal Filler Treatments Administered?
All Oris Medical treatments follow a detailed pre-treatment consultation. At this consultation you will discuss with the doctor the look you wish to achieve. Your Oris doctor will advise you which treatments will be most effective at helping you reach this. If you decide to proceed the doctor will make a detailed recording of your medical history and conduct a careful examination of your face.
Following this, the doctor will explain which dermal filler option is best for your requirements and how you can expect to look afterwards.
The dermal filler is gently injected into specific areas of your skin to reduce the depth of the skin crease. Your Oris doctor will customise the exact depth and number of injections to give you the most natural result. Different dermal fillers can be used in different areas of your face to produce the most effective result.
The procedure takes about 15-30 minutes and the results are immediately visible. Clients can continue with their normal day after treatment.
You should leave the treated area alone for 48 hours to let it settle. We advise that you do not have a facial or similar treatment that may disturb the products or expose the newly-treated areas to strong sunlight for 2-3 days.
In the days after the treatment there may be some redness and minimal swelling, which normally settles in 1-2 days. Very occasionally patients can suffer some bruising at the injection site.
Your Oris doctor will arrange to see you for a review of your treatment two weeks later.