Dermal fillers are non-surgical cosmetic treatments used to bring a more youthful appearance. They restore volume or fullness to the face and lips - plumping out lines, wrinkles and folds.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is found naturally throughout our bodies in our skin, bones, joints and eyes. It acts as a lubricant and moisturiser due to its ability to attract and store water.
As we get older, our skin loses moisture and we see lines and wrinkles develop. An injection of Hyaluronic Acid can restore skin volume and reduce wrinkles. The gel then breaks down naturally.
The effects are seen immediately after treatment. Restylane® lasts for around 6 to 12 months depending upon the site of application.
How does it work?
Soft-tissue augmentation (the use of dermal fillers) involves the placement of a natural or synthetic substance (made up of hyaluronic acid) into or under the skin to smooth folds, line, wrinkles, depression and scarring. At around the age of 25, the body stops producing collagen and elastin - the two proteins that work together to keep tissue firm and skin elastic, and the existing collagen in the body begins to break down. Without these two proteins, the body begins to display the typical signs of ageing as it can no longer keep tissue strong and skin supple.
Dermal fillers can be used to work in harmony with the body’s remaining collagen and elastin, supporting these all-important proteins to give skin a more full and youthful appearance. When injected with a very fine needle into the crease line, the gel creates volume under the wrinkles, lifting up and smoothing out lines. This has become a popular means of addressing contour defects that result from ageing, photo damage, trauma, scarring, or disease.