A key part of aging, and one that we are not always fully aware of, is loss of volume in the fat pads of the face. This loss of volume creates hollows, sagginess and a change in facial shape that makes us look older and more tired. It is generally this progressive loss of volume that contributes to the ageing look more than simply lines on the face.
Dermal fillers provide volumisation to the face. In the clinic we use a variety of fillers such as Maili, Juvederm, Teosyl and others to provide the best choice of product for each patient requirements.
Dermal fillers are made of Hyaluronic Acid, a naturally occurring sugar within our bodies. We find that over time as we age Hyaluronic Acid depletes and this is particularly more noticeable in the face. Hyaluronic Acid holds onto water and creates a slight plumping effect within the tissues that results in a more healthy and refreshed appearance.
The cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid in filler is broken down much slower than our own indigenous Hyaluronic acid and can last an estimated 12 to 18 months. Thus, filler treatments do not need to be repeated as regularly as anti-wrinkle treatments .
Different volumes of filler are required for different people. Larger amounts of dermal filler strategically placed can create the effect of a non-surgical facelift. Smaller amounts can be used to correct minor imperfections, indentations and scars.