Dr Singh who runs his botox clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in his latest blog shares his thoughts on how do dermal fillers work.
How do Dermal Fillers work?
The principle effect of using Dermal fillers is to plump up certain areas around the face, such as the lips or cheeks. The Dermal filler once injected will level out with other part of the skin and making it look plumped out, firm, young, refreshed, even in tone and no longer sunken.
How does it work?
Our skin is made up of two layers, the epidermis and the dermis. The outermost layer is the epidermis. The epidermis is responsibility is to protect the outer skin against the effects of the environment and other components. The epidermis controls water loss from the tissues and cells, serving as a boundary to the outside environment.
The dermis layer is underneath the epidermis and provides the skin’s structural elements, for example the blood vessels, hair follicles and nerves. The largest part of the dermis is collagen; this gives the skin elasticity and strength. As we grow older, the epidermis gradually becomes thin and provides less protection to the dermis layer. The collagen production in the body slows down as the current collagen becomes ineffective. This then causes the wrinkles or folds in the skin because of the deteriorating epidermis and weakened collagen. At this point many people opt for dermal fillers as they work as replenishment for the natural collagen.
Many of the dermal fillers available are designed only to be used in one area, for example the lips.
Having the treatment
Having a Dermal filler treatment requires an anaesthetic cream being applied to the treatment area. Depending on the type of Dermal filler being used and the area of treatment, different types of injections and injection techniques would be used. When treating wrinkles with Dermal fillers there are two injections techniques that can be used, linear technique or the serial puncture technique.
The linear technique, the needle is injected midway into the wrinkle and the filler is injected while pulling the needle slowly backwards.
The serial puncture technique involves a number of injections being administered alongside the wrinkle to lift it.
The recovery time from this treatment can be anything from 30 minutes to a few hours.
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