Dermal Fillers - What Are They and What's Involved?

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You might be considering having dermal filler treatment to remove fine lines from your face, leaving you looking younger.  Traditionally, these treatments have been carried out by cosmetic clinicians, but did you know that you could now have dermal fillers and even Botox treatments carried out by your dentist in just the time it takes to have a simple regular check-up?

So what are dermal fillers and how do they work?

Dermal fillers

The ageing process causes the natural elastin and collagen contained in your skin cells to become depleted, causing the skin to become dryer and less smooth.  This means that smile lines and skin creases don't spring back like they did when you were younger, leaving your face looking lined and older.

It is possible to reverse this effect to some extent by injecting the skin with a natural substance that your body produces called Hyaluronic acid (HA).  The results of the treatment are virtually instantaneous with no downtime or scarring and can last for up to 18 months.  When the effects begin to wear off, all you need to do is have them topped-up by your dentist.

Dermal fillers can also be very helpful in disguising acne and other facial scarring.

The process

The procedure can be carried out by your dentist, following your regular oral health check-up and takes around half an hour.  This means that you can 'kill two birds with one stone', rather than having to make two separate appointments, one with your dentist and one with the local cosmetic surgery clinic, saving you time and making the whole experience much more convenient.

Before the fillers are injected, a topical numbing agent is usually applied to your skin to prevent any discomfort.  A tiny needle is then used to inject the filler into the target areas on your face.  You might feel a little sore and numb around the injection sites, but this should pass after a few hours and there's usually little or no bruising.

Dermal fillers are suitable for anyone, although if you're pregnant or breast feeding, it's a good idea to consult your doctor before you have the treatment. 

In conclusion

If you would like to get rid of ageing wrinkles or cover up acne scars, you might like to consider dermal fillers.  Why not ask your dentist for more information and advice about the cosmetic services they provide in addition to the usual dental treatments you might expect.


15 November 2016

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