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september 2012

Dermal Fillers:Some Quick Facts

Dr Simal Soin
 
As we age, our skin loses firmness causing it to wrinkle and crease. Dermal fillers are the answer to plump up the skin instantly and restore fullness. Dermal fillers, often called ‘liquid facelifts’, offer several benefits similar to a surgical facelift without the downtime required in surgery.
Dermal fillers are actually hyaluronic acid-based products that are injected into the skin. They can be used to create fuller lips and shape facial contours such as cheeks and chin. They can also be used to smooth away wrinkles and facial lines such as frown lines.

How Quick And How Long?
The result of a dermal filler procedure is instantaneous and it brings about a long lasting enhancement in the treated area. The procedure is also gentle and safe on the skin. However, the result of the procedure is long lasting is not to mean that it is permanent. In the case of treatment to smoothen out the wrinkles, for example, most patients choose to go in for a follow-up treatment 6-12 months after the initial treatment             

Who Can Have Dermal Fillers?

Pregnant or breastfeeding women are advised against going in for such a procedure as dermal fillers are yet to be tested extensively. So also is the case for individuals with medical conditions that lower their body’s immune system. The latter is so, because the risk of infection by the skin injections during the procedure is high in this group of people.

How Safe Is The Procedure?
The hyaluronic acid in fillers is biodegradable, which means that, when the injected gel breaks down, it turns into water and carbon dioxide and disappears from the body.

Does It Hurt?
Discomfort is usually minimal and brief in most people who subject themselves to the procedure. Patients generally compare the sensation to a pin prick. No anaesthesia is required, although your doctor may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anaesthetic cream prior to the procedure.
Dr Simal Soin is Consultant Dermatologist, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi.