Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers

What is meant by the term dermal fillers?

It is a universal fact that as age increases, the face gradually loses its fullness, the lips become thinner, contours become shallow, and signs of aging such as frown lines, wrinkles and creases begin to appear. Dermal fillers, as the term indicates are specialized chemicals that are use to restore the youthfulness of the skin and eliminate the prominent signs of aging. Popular as ‘liquid facelifts’ all over the world, these fillers are more preferred over cosmetic surgical procedures to make the face  Dermal Fillers Diagramlook younger and toned.

Much more affordable as compared to cosmetic surgeries, dermal fillers are basically used to enhance the volume of the face. It must be noted that dermal fillers cannot be used to get rid of excess, sagging skin but offer astounding, immediate results in giving ideal contour to the face. For better results, some cosmetic surgeons perform dermal filler procedures in combination with various other treatments including facial rejuvenation and botulinum toxin injections.

There are two main types of dermal fillers namely semi permanent (including PPMA), and Temporary (including collagen, hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxlyapatite).



What are the risks and complications associated with dermal fillers?

Similar to all other highly or minimally invasive medical procedures performed globally, dermal fillers also have several potential risks and complications that patients must discuss with their surgeons prior to the procedure. All patients must ensure that their medical histories are assessed beforehand. Leading plastic surgeons around the world first acquire the consent of their patients as part of medical protocol.
Because this procedure is non-surgical and minimally invasive, it does not pose any serious threats to the patient. Complications associated with dermal filler procedures are rare, but there are several risks that can occur during or after the procedure including:

–          Swelling

–          Altered sensation of the face

–          Weakening or paralysis of the muscles of the face

–          Post operative bleeding

–          Scarring and bruising

–          Irritation or itching at the site

–          Acne

–          Development of facial rash

–          Loss of facial symmetry

–          Clumping of fillers and gradual formation of nodules

–          Death of skin cells, also known as necrosis

–          Infections

–          Sensitivity reactions

–          Inadequate correction of signs of aging

–          Redness

–          Formation of antibodies against the fillers which may neutralize the effects of the remaining injections


What are the steps involved in dermal filler procedures?

  1. Evaluation and assessment of the patient: The surgeon first examines and assesses the patient, performing complete evaluation of the natural facial tone, contour and general appearance prior to augmenting the dermal fillers within the skin.
  2. Creating points: Once the evaluation has been done, the surgeon then marks the areas or points where the dermal fillers will be injected on the skin.
  3. Cleansing the Skin: The skin is them cleansed with a medicated antibacterial agent in order to ensure ideal conditions for surgery and to prevent chances of infection.
  4. Administering anesthesia: These days, dermal filler injections already contain a percentage of anesthetic agents because of which local sedation of the site may not be required. Otherwise, a topical anesthetic agent is first used on the skin, particularly at the sites marked for injection to ensure a painless and comfortable experience for patients.
  5. Dermal Filler injections: Once the anesthesia has become effective, the dermal fillers are then injected into the skin at the points marked by the surgeon prior to the procedure. The duration of the procedure depends upon the extent of skin affected by aging signs that require correction. The entire procedure only takes a several minutes.
  6. Cleansing the Skin: After the dermal fillers have been injected at their target sites, the face is once again cleansed using the antibacterial agent.
  7. Icing: An Icepack is placed on the face, especially at the site of infection to prevent swelling and discomfort after surgery.

Recovery from Dermal Fillers:

There is no recovery period for dermal fillers as their results become evident immediately after the surgery has been completed. Patients are advised to refrain from applying pressure to the sites of injection. Following all instructions and guidelines provided by the cosmetic surgeon will ensure rapid recovery and better results. Since there are no complications associated with the procedure, patients are allowed to apply makeup to their skin as well after surgery.

Results from Dermal Fillers (Click here to view Before & After Photographs):

The results of dermal filler procedures are immediate and long lasting. The face instantly looks much more youthful, with better contour and fullness. Signs of aging are effectively reduced helping patients feel much more confident about their appearance.
It is important to note that the effects of this procedure are not permanent and cannot pause or halt the natural process of aging. Once the fine lines, creases and wrinkles reappear, dermal filler injections are required once again.

Look in-depth at these individual Dermal Filler procedures:

Calcium Hydroxylapatite Dermal Fillers

Dermal Collagen Fillers

PMMA Dermal Fillers

Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers

Polyalkylimide Dermal Fillers

Polylactic Acid Dermal Fillers