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.