What Causes Wrinkling?
Wrinkles and facial lines result from ageing, muscle activity (and over-activity) and your genetic predisposition. In addition, excessive sun exposure, alcohol consumption, emotional and hormonal influences and smoking can also increase the likelihood of wrinkles.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Put simply, dermal fillers are used to restore that lost volume in the face by plumping out lines, wrinkles and folds.
What Are Dermal Fillers Made Of?
Two kinds of dermal fillers are usually suggested for the face: semi-permanent and non-permanent.The semi-permanent type last up to 18 months. The non-permanent fillers, based on Hyaluronic Acid (HA), last for around 6-12 months, depending upon the the site of application and the formulation of the material used. At Acorn Dental Practice we shall only be using HA based products.
HA is found naturally throughout our bodies: in our skin, bones, joints, and eyes. It acts as a lubricant and moisturiser due to its ability to attract and store water. Hyaluronic Acid is clinically produced, usually from bacterial, not from animal or human sources.
Is This Treatment Suitable For Me?
Dermal fillers are an ideal treatment for anyone who has concerns about their lines or furrows from the nose to mouth area, 'crows feet', lines around the eyes, or lines around the mouth. Many patients also choose to have this treatment to plump up thin lips, restoring a nice youthful look. Patients who would like to redefine and soften the contours of their face also turn to dermal fillers as the results are so natural and subtle.
The beauty of this treatment is that your Nurse Therapist can give you as much or as little dermal filler as you need to give you a softer, smoother face, which will leave you with a lovely natural improvement.
The fillers come in gel form in various viscosities depending on the manufacturer and also site of injection. The gel is injected just beneath the top layer of skin to pad out and soften the line or fold.
Fillers can also be placed in the body of the lip to increase fullness or into the vermillion border around the lips to improve definition.
A numbing cream or local dental anaesthesia can be given to make the procedure pain free.
How Long Will The Effects From This Treatment Last?
The length of time that dermal fillers last depends on the type of filler used and the area injected. On average, you would expect the results of a Hyaluronic Acid dermal filler to last around 6-12 months. Thicker dermal fillers tend to last longer than those used for finer lines.
Are There Any Adverse Effects?
Many thousands of dermal filler treatments have been carried out in the UK and even more around the world, with few serious or lasting side effects.
Most people can return to their normal daily life immediately after the treatment. However, your practitioner will explain the possible side effects during the initial consultation.
In a small number of cases there may be some localised bruising, slight swelling, or redness/bleeding at the site of the injection. This usually disappears very quickly and can respond to the application of a cool pack to the area and/or application of Vitamin K cream such as Auriderm (please ask at reception). If you have lip treatment swelling can last 3-5 days.
Allergic reactions to dermal filler treatment are rare but can include: redness, itching, swelling, and hardness, or small bumps under the skin. These side effects may last for weeks or months and sometimes longer, fortunately they are very rare.
If you have a history of cold sores, dermal filler treatment in that area might cause them to break out again.Your practitioner may prescribe a course of anti-viral tablets (e.g. acyclovir) immediately after the treatment and for a few days afterwards, to reduce the possibility of a recurrence.
What Are The Alternative Treatments?
You can combine this treatment with botulinum toxin administration. Botulinum toxin has a different method of action and is usually used to treat lines and wrinkles in the upper third of the face (frown lines between eyes, forehead lines and crows feet). Please ask at reception for a information sheet on Botulinum Toxin.
Who Is Not Suitable For Treatment?
Although not proven to be harmful, this treatment is best avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.