Wrinkle fillers are some of the most popular facial treatments around. Wrinkle, or dermal fillers as they are also known, can do wonders for lines or other signs of aging. But before jumping into any cosmetic procedure, it is essential to understand what is involved, and the reasons why all wrinkle fillers aren’t the same.
It’s a fact of life that as we age, our collagen levels decrease and skin begins to lose elasticity, leading to the development of lines, wrinkles and creases. Dermal fillers can diminish the appearance of these imperfections by plumping the volume of the skin. It’s a non-surgical procedure that’s generally quick and painless, with minimal downtime required. And the results may be fantastic. It’s for these reasons that the popularity of dermal fillers are soaring.
Why ingredients matter
Fillers are a gel-like substance, injected into the skin using a very fine needle. They are made from resorbable hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the body, and there are several brands and variations on the market. Some fillers are recommended for specific areas because they are known to have better results. Fillers metabolise naturally, and their effect generally lasts anywhere between three and 24 months. The duration that the results will last depends on the type of filler and treatment area.
Fillers are not all the same, so before using them for the first time, you should have a full and thorough discussion with your Cosmetic Nurse to determine which filler is for you.
Beware of imitations
In Australia, wrinkle or dermal fillers should be approved by the government’s Therapeutic Goods Administration. It’s, unfortunately, the case that counterfeit fillers do exist. A TGA-approved and high-quality filler may perform its job admirably. A copycat may result in two outcomes â€“ either it does nothing, or worse, it may harm the face or body, potentially resulting in serious health issues.
The other very important part of the equation is the practitioner. Just as dermal fillers vary in quality, so too may the person administering them. Always look for a fully-qualified and experienced professional, read reviews and ask questions before the procedure. Your practitioner should have a full discussion with you before the treatment to assess your suitability, work out what you want to achieve and provide options for best results. While side effects tend to be minimal, they do exist, so you should also get the lowdown on these and what to do should there be any issues after the treatment.
Wrinkle fillers are, in general, an excellent option for temporary treatment of lines and wrinkles. New developments are continually aiming to increase their effectiveness, so for best results, speak to a trusted professional to see what your options are for the best possible outcome.