Dermal fillers are injections used to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Moreover, they help restore volume in your face. Patients choose dermal fillers to improve their facial features and for a more youthful appearance. You can visit an aesthetic clinic JB to get dermal filler treatment for your fine lines and wrinkles. This blog will further discuss the benefits you can gain from dermal fillers.
This treatment involves injecting a gel-like substance – either natural or synthetic into targeted areas of the face. The filler plumps your skin, smooth wrinkles and fine lines, and adds volume to hollow areas.
Types of Dermal Fillers
Depending on the fillers used in the injections, dermal fillers can be of various types. Let’s learn more about them further.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance occurring in your body. You will find this acid in higher concentration in soft connective tissues and the fluid surrounding your eyes. It is extracted and reformulated to be developed into injectable fillers.
Your skin doctor may use dermal fillers to improve your skin contour. In addition, they help reduce skin depression that may result from scars, injuries or lines. They help treat acne scars, crow’s feet at the corner of your eyes, frown lines between eyebrows, cheek depressions, smile lines, worry lines, etc. Besides, your doctor can also use these fillers to redefine lip borders.
It is a mineral-like compound found naturally in human bones. It is biosynthetically produced, and as a result, no animal or animal products are used. This dermal filler adds volume to the cheeks and other facial contours and treats frown lines, nasolabial folds, etc.
This product is biocompatible and hence usually does not require any allergy test. It is a semi-permanent dermal filler that skin doctors use to treat deeper wrinkles, such as depressed scars, enhance cheekbones and jawline, add facial volume lost due to ageing, plump up thinner lips, etc.
It is a synthetic dermal filler that your skin doctor will inject into your face to boost collagen production. Your doctor will use this filler to treat nasolabial folds, enhance thin lips, and fill the smile lines. Unlike other dermal fillers, you may not notice immediate results after the treatment. Since it boosts collagen production, you may need to wait months to notice visible changes. Doctors may advise at least three monthly treatments to achieve desired results. Further, you may have to wait four to six weeks after each treatment session to see noticeable results. Though it is a semi-permanent filler, you may need occasional touch-ups to maintain the results.
Polymethyl-methacrylate Microspheres (PMMA)
It is semi-permanent fillers that skin doctors use to treat moderate – to -deep wrinkles, nasolabial folds, etc. Besides, doctors may also use them to enhance thin lips.
Doctors may suggest PMMA instead of hyaluronic or collagen replacement therapy if you look for a permanent solution to wrinkles. You may need multiple treatment sessions to create volume. Further, you must wait at least three months to notice visible changes.
Key benefits of Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers help you get healthy and glowing skin making you appear younger. Besides, they also offer the following benefits to patients. You may visit a skin clinic in Johor Bahru to get dermal filler to enjoy these benefits.
Increase collagen and elastin production
Ageing can cause collagen and elastin production to slow down naturally. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can help improve collagen and elastin levels. Increased hyaluronic acid levels in your body will help your skin look and feel younger.
Erase fine lines and wrinkles
As you age, your skin starts to sag resulting in wrinkles. It leads to developing nasolabial folds that are fine lines around your nose and mouth. Other types of fine lines that you may also develop as a result of ageing are – smile lines, marionette lines, etc. Dermal fillers with hyaluronic acid add volume below the skin surface to fill these wrinkles.
Plump thin lips
As the years go by, your lips can lose their fullness. Volume loss and changes in skin texture can make your lips thinner, causing a vertical lip line that makes you look older. Dermal fillers can plump your lips, improving your facial appearance.
Lift tired cheeks
Similar to your lips, cheeks can also lose volume over time. Sagging skin and reduced facial fat can cause sunken cheeks and give you a tired-looking appearance. Dermal fillers can help restore volume in your cheeks to help you look younger.
Results last long
Some forms of dermal fillers can help you get results as early as a week, while for others, you may need to wait for months. The results depend on the type of dermal fillers you are receiving. However, these results need some time to settle into your skin. With proper aftercare, you can maintain dermal filler results for a long time. Even with semi-permanent fillers, you can enjoy the results for a long period with occasional touch-ups.
Effects are subtle
The results from dermal filler treatments are subtle. This treatment aims to provide you with natural-looking, youthful skin. You and the people around you will notice changes in your appearance; however, they can’t say that you have received any cosmetic treatment. That is another advantage of dermal fillers.
Minimise the appearance of scars
One of the biggest advantages of dermal fillers is that they help minimise the appearance of scars. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can help soften the scar tissue around the treated site. You can visit an aesthetic clinic to receive dermal filler treatment if you have developed acne or other skin conditions that cause scarring. Though, they might not be effective for every form of scar. It is better to consult your skin doctor beforehand to ensure that dermal fillers that help minimise the scars you have developed.
Minimal risks involved
Compared to many other cosmetic procedures, dermal fillers carry minimal risks. After receiving dermal filler treatment, you will likely experience swelling, redness and bruising at the treated site. These are mild symptoms that fade within a few days. It is highly unlikely that patients will experience serious complications from dermal fillers treatment. Hence, visit an experienced skin specialist in JB for a safe treatment procedure. You can ask about your concerns to skin doctors to learn what to expect after your treatment.
Combined with other treatments
Another advantage of dermal filler treatment is that your doctor can combine it with other treatment procedures. Besides dermal fillers, your doctor can also use anti-wrinkle injections to help you get natural-looking skin with a smooth surface. These injections help stop facial muscle contractions and further prevent fine lines from deepening.
Boost your confidence
We can understand how your appearance can affect your confidence. In such situations, it is natural to seek aesthetic treatments to treat various signs of ageing. Dermal fillers can help treat various fine lines and wrinkles on your face. Smoother and younger-looking skin can further boost your confidence. The purpose of these treatments is to enhance your natural beauty.
Don’t require recovery time
Dermal filler treatment is non-invasive and hence does not require surgery or downtime. As a result, you can set up an appointment in the middle of your busy schedule. Besides, you can return to your daily activities immediately afterwards. You might experience swelling at the treated site, which reduces within a few days. There is no harm in asking your doctor about possible risks if you have any concerns.
What to do Before, During, and After the Dermal Filler Treatment?
To reduce the possibility of swelling, redness, and bruising, you need to keep the following things in mind before, during and after the treatment.
Before receiving the dermal filler treatment, you need to consult your skin doctor. They will examine your face and skin condition and ask about the result you are expecting from the treatment. You can inform them about the areas such as cheeks or lips you want to enhance.
Next, they will mark your face with a pen to give you a clear idea of the areas they will inject. Based on your condition and the result you want to achieve, your skin doctor will recommend a specific type of filler. In addition, they will also keep you informed about the possible side effects it may cause and the recovery time.
During the consultation stage, your skin doctor will ask about your medical history. You need to inform them about your ongoing medications, as certain drugs might increase the risk of a few complications from dermal fillers. Besides, inform your dermatologist if you have – allergies, a history of bruising or bleeding from similar procedures, etc.
If you have experienced facial cold sores previously, chances are high that the needle punctures can further cause cold sores. In such cases, inform your doctor whether you are prone to cold sores.
Avoid dermal fillers if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or allergic to the ingredients of the fillers. Further, patients suffering from neurological disorders should also avoid dermal fillers.
Before the treatment
The following tips can help you better prepare for your dermal filler treatment.
Avoid blood thinner OTC medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin, etc., at least a week before your treatment appointment.
Avoid supplements such as Vitamin E, garlic, ginseng, etc., one week before your treatment.
Avoid topical products such as Tretinoin (Retin – A), Glycolic Acid, Retinoids, or other anti-ageing products two days before the treatment.
Refrain from waxing, bleaching, or using hair removal cream on the area about to be treated two days before your appointment.
Avoid consuming alcohol 24 hours before the treatment
Day of the treatment
Arrive at your clinic with your face properly cleaned and devoid of any makeup.
Your doctor may apply a topical anaesthetic to make you feel comfortable during the treatment. Sometimes, they might inject a local numbing medication into the treated area.
After the treatment
Self-care is highly crucial after receiving dermal filler treatment. Your doctor will likely offer advice on the best ways to care for your skin after the treatment. On your part, you need to follow these pieces of advice to prevent possible complications and support your skin in healing.
After receiving the treatment, apply an ice pack to the treated area. Your doctor might suggest applying Arnica topically to reduce bruising.
Your skin doctor may also prescribe acetaminophen to reduce pain (if any)
Avoid massaging, itching or picking at the treated site
Keep the skin clean and avoid heavy creams and makeup when your skin is healing
Avoid exposure to heat and high temperature as it might cause inflammation and skin irritation
Avoid exercising for 24-48 hours after the treatment
Avoid direct UV exposure
Apply a soothing antiseptic cream to the treated area. Ask your doctor to prescribe you such medication
It s better to sleep on your back for the first few nights after the treatment. It can help relieve pressure on the treated area.
Avoid alcohol consumption for 24 hours after the treatment to prevent blood thinning.
Avoid using AHAs, BHAs, Retinol, or Vitamin C 24 hours after receiving dermal filler treatment.
Avoid laser treatment, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion for 2 weeks after the dermal filler procedure.
If you experience any unusual symptoms, consult your dermatologist Johor Bahru immediately. These symptoms include discoloured scars in areas that are not treated, fever or chills, areas that appear red or hot to touch, etc. Moreover, if you experience severe pain, do not hesitate to call your skin doctor immediately.
Dermed clinic is an aesthetic clinic JB. They offer various treatment procedures to treat skin conditions and improve your appearance. If you are concerned about the appearance of signs of ageing, such as wrinkles, fine lines, etc., feel free to consult Dr. Muniandi of this clinic. Based on your condition, they can offer you the appropriate treatment. During the consultation phase, ask about your concerns, possible risks of treatment, etc., to make an informed decision. Besides, inform your doctor about your ongoing medications or existing skin condition to help your doctor decide whether dermal fillers will be best suited for you.
Dr. Muniandi Velayuthan received his
MBBS (Bgm) and Dip Derm in Bangkok and has been practising
aesthetic medicine and dermatology for over 10 years. He has worked with many pioneer
dermatologists, including those from the Dr. Subra Center for Skin Diseases. He has been trained by
many prominent aesthetic physicians in the region and is a Fellow in Cutaneous and Laser Surgery
Dr. Velayuthan is known for his caring and friendly personality and genuine dedication to helping
his patients find tailor-made solutions to their skin problems.