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Non-surgical treatments for patients who want to combat the signs of ageing and restore the firmness and smoothness associated with youth.
Facial lines such as crow’s feet, frown lines and lines at the corners of the mouth can start to appear in your thirties; they then increase and become really visible in your forties. The deeper, nasiolabial folds (lines running from corner of mouth to outer edge of nostril), start to appear more in the late forties and become more prominent in the fifties, as do vertical lines leading to the upper lip (known as smokers lines). Unfortunately for sun worshipers all this happens much earlier.
Dermal fillers are one of the cornerstones of modern facial rejuvenation techniques. By far one of the most popular non-surgical treatments among patients who want to combat the signs of ageing, they are injected under the skin to help to restore the firmness and smoothness that is associated with youth.
Filler use is not a new treatment. In the 1890’s doctors were taking fat from patients' bodies and injecting it back into their faces to plump up the skin. Although fat transferral treatments are still used today, patients are now moving away from such drastic measurers and moving towards alternative treatments, which offer instant results, with less inconvenience to daily routine.
Thinner fillers can be used to reduce and soften lines from around the lips, the nasiolabial lines, frown lines, smile lines, crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles and are injected more superficially than thicker fillers. Thicker fillers can be used to add volume to hollow cheeks and fill out deep acne (or other) scars and are injected into the deeper layers of the skin. Fillers can also be used to enhance lips.
Dermal fillers are made from various kinds of natural and man-made materials. There are a variety of fillers available on the market, both permanent and non-permanent. Non-permanent fillers such as hyaluronic acid have emerged as the leading choice among both practitioners and patients.
Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring, found in all living organisms and is therefore highly biocompatible. It plays an important role for both mechanical and transport purposes in the body, giving volume to the skin, shape to the eyes and elasticity to the joints. The use of hyaluronic acid has been well documented in areas such as eye surgery and orthopaedics and is the filler substance of choice because of its high safety record.
A wide range of hyaluronic acid based products are available in the UK medical aesthetics market. The products/brands that we recommend to our patients include non-animal based Restylane®, Perfectha® and Juverderm Ultra®, three of the better-known brands.
They can last between 8 and 10 months in most areas of the face and approximately 6 months in the lips, but duration differs from person to person and from one area of the face to the other.
At the moment these temporary fillers are the best ones. Although it would be good if a filler lasted two or three years, those that currently do can give you long-lasting problems, including severe allergic reactions.