Injectable dermal fillers are a non-surgical method to enhance certain areas of the body that are losing volume because of age and gravity. They can be used to improve defects such as on the face, cheeks, lips and even return a more youthful appearance on the back of the hands.
The materials that are used today have a temporary effect because they are formulated to be absorbed naturally into the body. These types of temporary fillers include collagen, hyaluronic acid, and autologous fat.
The history of dermal fillers had a rocky start. In the late 1800’s, chemical agents were used for the purpose of augmenting facial features, but unfortunately there were many complications in the short and long term. Even fairly recently silicone fillers were banned from use because of problems with leakage and infection.
The following post provides the date when safe but temporary dermal fillers began being used:
The history of injectable facial fillers. – PubMed – NCBI
In 1981, bovine collagen was the first agent to be approved by the FDA for cosmetic injection. Since its approval, dozens of injectable filling agents have been developed, and many are already FDA approved for cosmetic use.
Read more here: The history of injectable facial fillers. – PubMed – NCBI
For anyone who is getting to the age where they can see volume loss in their skin, injectable fillers are quite effective. When we are young, our fat is distributed evenly all across our body, and in the face there are fat pockets that round out the forehead, cheeks, and areas around the eyes and mouth.
However, as we age, the fat shifts downward due to gravity causing a sunken and droopy look, which allows wrinkles and groves to appear. In the next video, the dermatologist adds dermal filler to a man in his early 50’s that has some slight changes in his appearance:
Are there side effects and risks to dermal fillers? As with any treatment, there are always potential issues that can arise, but most happen shortly after injection and go away in less than two weeks.
Some pain and swelling can last for a couple months and in severe cases, side effects can last much longer. Each patient is tested for allergies to the filler before being injected.
Similar to the man in the previous video, most people are very happy with their results. The next article stresses what areas can benefit from dermal fillers:
What are dermal fillers? | American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Plump thin lips
Enhance shallow contours
Soften facial creases and wrinkles
Improve the appearance of recessed scars
Dermal fillers can be very helpful in those with early signs of aging, or as a value-added part of facial rejuvenation surgery.
Read the full post here: What are dermal fillers? | American Society of Plastic Surgeons
The biggest complication that must be avoided is with the the vascular system. When the filler is accidentally injected into a blood vessel, serious issues can arise such as changes in vision and signs of stroke, and there can be unusual pain during or following the procedure.
There are methods for reversing and resolving this problem using the appropriate and immediate treatment. The key to preventing most difficulties and attaining the positive effects of dermal fillers is by finding a reputable provider with the appropriate experience and training.