Dermal filler is the name for injections which fill out lines and wrinkles. Dermal Fillers can also be used to reshape noses or lips. Treatment takes 30-60 minutes and lasts 6-9 months.
As fat and collagen diminish our skin starts to sag and wrinkle over time. Injecting dermal fillers into the skin plumps it up, makes it firmer and smoothes out wrinkles.
Dermal fillers are frequently used to fill out the lips, reduce crows' feet, wrinkles around the lips, nose and mouth, and lines on the cheeks and forehead. They can also plump out hollow cheeks, reshape the chin or nose tip, or fill acne scars.
Bovine collagen generates an allergic reaction in some cases so a skin test is always given to patients before dermal fillers are offered as an option.
During a dermal fill treatment the face is numbed with a local anesthetic cream or injection. A series of dermal filler injections are applied under the skin, some patients find this an uncomfortable process, especially the injections close to the lips.
Treatments take up to one hour, and most people go straight back to normal life afterwards, although if a large area is treated it can take a few hours or even a day or two to recover. There may be minor bleeding where the needle was inserted, plus mild bruising or redness which will fade away in a few days.
Effects from dermal fillers are visible immediately, but will be at there best once the initial swelling goes down. Repeat dermal fill treatments are required every six to nine months to preserve the fuller, smoother look.