Cindy Crawford, Kaley Cuoco, and Christie Brinkley all have one thing in common – you guessed it; they all have used dermal fillers in the past. Dermal fillers or as some would call them, injectables, are gel-like substances that when injected into the skin provides several benefits to improve skin quality.
Dermal fillers have become a popular alternative to facelift surgery not just with celebrities but also with the general public. The fact that it doesn’t require surgery is a big plus for many people, as well as the more affordable prices, which makes it a more cost-effective option. There’s also almost no downtime at all, which is perfect for working professionals. Fillers in Singapore are available in almost every aesthetic clinic here, and each year thousands of Singaporeans get injectables to get better skin.
Why choose dermal fillers over traditional facelift surgery?
Surgery of any form carries with it many risks due to the nature of the procedure. Some of these possible complications from surgery include bleeding, swelling and infections. Some people are not comfortable with going under the knife, which is why dermal fillers have become a popular alternative. Dermal fillers also have significantly shorter recovery time and downtime, compared with facelift surgery where you’ll probably need to stay at the hospital or home for a few days. Although the results are not as long-lasting, plenty of people still choose to get dermal fillers due to these advantages.
How can dermal fillers improve your physical appearance?
Dermal fillers have a long history and have been around for 40 years. They were used a lot to smooth out wrinkles, but dermal fillers today offer much more compared to before. Some of the things that dermal fillers can help with include:
- Enhance and increase the volume of your sunken cheeks and temples
- Enhance the volume of the lips and make it look plumper.
- Smooth out the lines around the mouth and nose
- Reduce vertical lip lines
- Improves facial structure and add symmetry
What are dermal fillers made of?
Dermal fillers are categorized by what substance they are made of. Many different substances can be used for dermal fillers. These include hyaluronic acid, poly-L-lactic acid, and calcium hydroxylapatite.
- Hyaluronic Acid
A lot of dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a substance that is produced naturally by our bodies. This makes it easier for the body to accept the filler into it, which is why a lot of dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid as their base substance. HA-based fillers add volume to the skin and keep it hydrated and plump. The effects of HA-based fillers last for about 6 months to a year and can be reversed if the patient is not happy with the results.
- Poly-L-lactic Acid
Dermal fillers that use poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) are called “collagen stimulators” since they work by encouraging the skin to produce collagen, an important protein that keeps the structure of the skin firm and strong. Poly-L-lactic acid has been used for a long time as material for dissolvable sutures and has now found another use as a filler. Unlike HA-based fillers, PLLA-based fillers usually do not add a lot of volume and usually dissolve in a few days. The results of PLLA fillers can last for up to 2 years or more and are usually used for fixing deep wrinkles.
- Calcium Hydroxylapatite
Another filler substance that is found naturally in the body is calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA). Compared to fillers based on hyaluronic acid, CaHA-based fillers have a thicker consistency and the results also last longer. CaHA fillers also stimulate collagen production, which is great for reducing wrinkles.
Which dermal filler is best for you?
When it comes to choosing a dermal filler, it can be a bit overwhelming for you thanks to the multiple options available in the market. Each dermal filler has its own specific uses and targets different problems to fix. The best way to determine this is by setting up a consultation with a trusted aesthetic clinic, such as MY Aesthetic Clinic. Their doctors and specialists will ask you about what your goals for the procedure are and they will be able to recommend the best dermal filler for you.
What can you expect from the dermal filler procedure?
The procedure is non-surgical and is typically done in the doctor’s office. You will first be assessed by the doctor and he/she will evaluate your concerns and medical history. There are cases where a patient is not compatible with certain fillers due to some allergies or other factors. You must disclose this information to the doctor to minimize the risks of developing complications during and after the injections.
Just before the injections, the area to be treated will first be cleaned by the clinic staff. A numbing cream will then be applied to minimize the discomfort felt from the injections. Many fillers also have lidocaine which is a mild anaesthetic. Once the anaesthesia has set in, the doctor will then start injecting the fillers into your skin.
You should expect some instant results after the injections like added volume. There may be some swelling or bruising but these should disappear within a few days. When it comes to downtime, there is nearly none when it comes to dermal fillers. Many patients, in fact, go back to work immediately after the injections as if nothing happened. However, you may be advised not to engage in any strenuous activity to allow your body to focus on recovery.
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