The term ‘dermal’ comes from the make-up of the skin, which comprises different layers. The top layer of the skin is called the epidermis and underneath that sits the dermal layer, which is much thicker and filled with tiny blood vessels. Dermal fillers are administered by injection into the dermal layer, giving volume and extra fullness to the top layer of skin. Dermal fillers are gaining in popularity as they can offer noticeable results from a minimally invasive aesthetic procedure, often described as the non-surgical facelift. If you don’t feel ready to undergo a surgical procedure, these can be an ideal choice.
Dermal fillers: the non-surgical facelift
There are many areas of the face that can be treated with dermal fillers to make them look fuller and firmer, reducing the appearance of age lines or loss of volume. Many people are aware that fillers can be used plump up your lips, but they are just one of a number of areas that cosmetic surgeons can treat with this technique. These can help:
- Reduce smile or laughter lines – although these are perfectly natural and form between your nose and mouth, many people associated laughter lines with looking older and are keen to have the effects reversed
- Smooth the corners of the mouth – also an area where skin can begin to droop
- Enhance chin definition – some people will feel that excess facial skin has left them feeling that their chin and neck are beginning to merge. Dermal fillers can help redefine the boundaries
- Reduce the appearance of facial scars – this can be achieved by using fillers to smooth the skin around the scar, lifting it in some cases which helps reduce the overall appearance.
- Volumise the cheeks – this is a great way of quickly rolling back the years, plumping up the cheeks and helping to reduce the appearance of bags underneath the eyes.
What to expect following dermal fillers
As the fillers are administered with a needle you will probably experience some soreness and redness to the area where the injection was inserted. The skin has been plumped up from underneath, so you should also expect some bruising and swelling while the skin around the filler site heals, but most people experience no adverse effects and results are instantaneous.