WHAT ARE DERMAL FILLERS?
Dermal fillers are injectables for the face, delivered under the skin using a needle via a minimally invasive clinical skin procedure. As per the name, the primary purpose of dermal fillers is to ‘fill’ in areas of the face. This can be done in order to change the shape of facial contours, counteract loss of facial volume, or to visibly minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
This guide will provide some useful facts about dermal fillers, as well as answering common questions such as ‘what is dermal lip filler’ and ‘what are fillers made from’. Minimally invasive clinical procedures like this can have side effects and cause temporary sensitive skin, so we’ll also provide recommendations for before and after filler skincare.
WHAT DOES A DERMAL FILLERS PROCEDURE INVOLVE?
A dermal fillers clinical procedure involves filler being injected within the dermal layer of the skin, in order to ‘fill’ out or change the shape of the facial area being targeted. Visible effects from most types of fillers are not permanent, as the substances involved are gradually absorbed into the body. Consequently, touch up appointments can be required to maintain results.
WHAT ARE THE VISIBLE EFFECTS OF DERMAL FILLERS?
Dermal filler benefits include a visible anti-ageing effect, as the filler can help mitigate the look of fine lines, wrinkles and lost facial volume associated with decreased collagen production in mature skin. Additionally, fillers can be used to change the shape of facial contours to achieve a desired aesthetic, or to help match one side of the face to the other for increased symmetry. Lastly, dermal fillers for acne scars can also be used to help minimise the appearance of pitted scars on the face.
WHERE ARE FILLERS USED IN YOUR FACE?
This clinical skin procedure can be used for many different purposes, on many different areas of the face. Some common areas where dermal fillers may be placed include the chin, cheeks and lips.
What is dermal lip filler? This filler placement has become popular as a way for people to achieve lips that look ‘fuller’ or more plumped. Lip filler can also be used to counteract age-related thinning of the lips.
Dermal fillers under eyes are also a common placement, utilised to minimise the depth of the tear trough and the appearance of dark circles.
TYPES OF DERMAL FILLERS
There are several types of dermal fillers, each with different characteristics suited to certain skin concerns and desired results. Here’s an overview of some of the key types of dermal fillers.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Currently the most popular type of dermal fillers, this type uses the same substance seen in hyaluronic acid serums to hydrate and re-volumise the skin from within. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers tend to last between three and six months.
- Calcium Hydroxylapatite: This mineral is found naturally in teeth and bones. When used as a dermal fillers ingredient, calcium hydroxylapatite lasts around a year, although its collagen stimulating properties may mean touch ups are needed even less often.
- Polyalkylimide: This semi-permanent filler stays relatively stable over time but can be removed if necessary. A layer of collagen gradually forms around this type of filler over the month post-procedure, so results aren’t immediately visible.
- Polylactic acid: Is a type of dermal filler used to stimulate your body’s own collagen production. Unlike most types of filler, Polylactic acid takes time to produce results, although the results are semi-permanent after a few procedures.
- PMMA: This acronym stands for polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres. This dermal filler ingredient produces semi-permanent results and is most often used for deep wrinkles, pitted scars and thin lips.
WHAT TO AVOID BEFORE A DERMAL FILLER PROCEDURE
Making sure your skin is properly prepared for your dermal fillers procedure can help to minimise discomfort and maximise the benefits after your appointment. We recommend avoiding hair removal and potent skincare ingredients such as vitamin C, hydroxy acids and retinoids on the procedure area for at least a few days before your procedure. Skipping alcohol for a few days is also advisable.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF DERMAL FILLERS
You can expect to experience some or all of the following side effects after a dermal fillers procedure: itching sensations, tenderness at the injection site, swelling and temporary bumps or firmness. If you are concerned about any side effects, you can consult with your healthcare professional.
DERMAL FILLERS AFTERCARE
By following a few simple recommendations about what not to do after lip injections and facial dermal fillers, you can ensure you’ will be seeing the best possible benefits from your procedure.
DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE
Avoid touching your face for at least six hours after your procedure, because the filler will still be settling into place. It’s also recommended to sleep on your back for the same reason.
DON’T DRINK ALCOHOL
Just as we recommended before your procedure, abstaining from alcohol will help your skin in the recovery process.
SKIP THE GYM
Strenuous exercise can put your skin under unnecessary stress through heat and sweat during the recovery process, so we recommend skipping the gym for a few days.
AVOID EXTREME TEMPERATURES
Extreme temperatures also put the skin under stress. Avoid very hot or cold temperatures outdoors and environments like saunas or spas.
CLEANSE FREQUENTLY WITH A GENTLE FORMULA
Keeping the skin clean and free of impurities is essential during recovery, but you may need to switch out your regular cleanser for a gentler formula if it contains potent or exfoliating ingredients.
IMPLEMENT A SKINCARE ROUTINE WITH SKINCEUTICALS PRODUCTS
Your regular skincare routine can be too much for skin that’s in recovery. Instead, we recommend implementing a milder routine as your skin recovers from your dermal fillers procedure.
Use a mild facial cleanser like our Gentle Cream Cleanser, followed by a hydrating facial serum like our Phyto Corrective Gel Soothing Serum. Seal everything in with our Daily Moisture Cream, a comforting facial moisturiser formula. Most importantly, apply a sunscreen such as our Ultra Facial Defense Sunscreen SPF50+ frequently.
ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE.
Apply 20 minutes before sun exposure. Sunscreen is only one part of sun protection so wear protective clothing and seek shade. Avoid prolonged sun exposure. Reapply every 2 hours and after swimming, towelling and perspiring in accordance with directions.
If you’re wondering whether a dermal fillers procedure is well suited to your skin concerns, please consult with your dermatologist. For post-procedure skincare recommendations, you can also speak with a SkinCeuticals skincare professional. Find a skincare professional near your location.