When you start your adventure with hyaluronic acid, you’ll realize that dermal fillers are actually your best friend!
Different types of dermal fillers are designed to treat varying signs of ageing and are selected individually to meet patients requirements, dependently on presenting problem and patient age.
Plump up lips, enhance or fill in shallow areas on the face, decrease or remove eye shadow or wrinkle under the eyes, fill in or soften the look of recessed scars, fill in or soften static wrinkles, especially on the lower face: bunny lines, under the eyes, marionette lines, but also brow lines and forehead lines as well as enhances the volume on cheeks and lips and definition of the jawline and chin as well as correction of shape – for example the nose.
Dermal fillers made their debut in the 1970's when various animal collagen had been researched and tested enough to use on humans and therefore collagen injections and implants were introduced. Specifically, bovine collagen, or collagen derived from cows was used as a filler. The problem with this type of filler was that bovine collagen is foreign to the human body, so a sensitivity test was needed to ensure your body could tolerate it and wasn’t allergic. Bovine collagen also had a lot of swelling associated with it and did not have long-lasting results. The industry knew that a better product was needed. In the early 2000’s the FDA approved the use of hyaluronic acid fillers, which ultimately changed the game for dermal fillers.
Hyaluronic Acid is a natural substance that is already found in our bodies and it is produced by bacteria during microbiological process (invented to produce human insulin), which assures that it is bio-compatible and won’t cause any allergic reaction to it.
These products also last much longer than collagen fillers, due to cross-linked presence, which contributed to their instant fame and success. There are also many other types of dermal fillers available today, including some semi-synthetic options.
Calcium hydroxyapatite fillers or a mix of organic and non-organic materials. They tend to have longer lasting results and are much thicker, but in our Clinic we stick to hyaluronic acid fillers only.
Now many dermal fillers have the lidocaine mixed in during manufacturing, which can help reduce the discomfort some patients feel. Lido-free option is kept for patients allergic to anaesthetics. The dermal filler has come a long way over the years and will only continue to develop.