Unsure which cosmetic procedure is right for you? A brief guide to dermal fillers

When you are looking for a way to rejuvenate your skin, but don’t want to undertake a facelift, you may be curious as to what other procedures are available and you could be surprised at the options.

In short, there are plenty and best of all, few of them involve anything more invasive than a set of small injections. And even better, you can now have many of them performed at your nearby dental clinic!

But of course, as there are many different treatments to help you refresh your skin you may be pondering which is the most suitable for you. In this guide, dermal fillers Kent are explored, helping you to decide whether or not these non-invasive injections are the answer you are looking for.

What are they?

As the name suggests, dermal fillers are, well, fillers which are injected under the skin to smooth the appearance of wrinkles.

They are typically composed of either synthetic or organic proteins, which are biologically inert (will have no adverse reactions), which help to plump and firm the skin. Most dental clinics use fillers which are made from hyaluronic acid, which not only smooth out wrinkles, but also boost your body’s production of collagen which helps your skin look younger for longer.

How do they work?

Dermal fillers are applied under the skin via a series of small injections into pre-chosen areas (such as the forehead, around the eyes or the chin). Once applied, it is advised that you do not apply any pressure to the area for at least 2 days, to allow the fillers to settle; too much pressure can cause them to migrate into neighbouring tissue, preventing them from working correctly.

Many patients notice an immediate effect after having fillers injected, but on average, the full effects of the fillers are usually not noticeable for a couple of weeks.

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How long do they last?

Fillers are not permanent and on average, one application will last between 6-12 months. But this time will vary, depending on your age when they were injected, your lifestyle choices and on the area where they were applied; for instance, injections around the eyes tend to have a shorter lifespan than those applied to the chin or forehead.

If you have fillers injected alongside another procedure, such as Botox, the effects will be long lived, but your lifestyle, diet and hydration levels will still influence the longevity of the results.

After care tips

As mentioned before, once the fillers are injected, you should not apply pressure to the area for at least 48 hours; refrain from putting on makeup and avoid sleeping on your side for as long as possible

Stay hydrated and avoid using sunbeds or sunbathing as any excessive UV exposure can cause the hyaluronic acid in the fillers to break down. To prolong the effects of the fillers, try to eat a balanced diet and refrain from smoking cigarettes or consuming excess alcohol, as these things can dehydrate the skin and cause degeneration of the fillers.

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