Hyaluronic Acid (AKA Dermal Fillers)

Welcome to week 2 of my blog! Today I’ll be discussing dermal fillers- pros, cons and how they work, and I have also based this on my personal experience as well. So if you’re thinking about getting fillers for the first time or you just want to learn more about them, then this will have some great information for you!

Dermal fillers are made up of a gel called hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance found in the body- so it’s almost impossible to be allergic to it. Cool! You may have heard of this acid already, but if you haven’t go now and look at the list of ingredients on your moisturiser, serum, eye cream… it’s in everything! Hyaluronic acid holds the key to youthful, plump skin. We are born with it and our body produces it to maintain moisture levels and retain water. In fact, the largest amounts of hyaluronic acid are found in the connective tissue, eyes and skin. However, thanks to natural ageing and environmental factors, we tend to slow production on this as we get older. So where do fillers come in all of this?

First of all, there are two types of injectables, and people often get them mixed up.

The first one is neuromodulators, a treatment which paralyses the muscles. An example of this would be botox. This treatment in no way replacing lost volume or adding to the moisture level in the skin as hyaluronic acid does. Instead, it will stop the muscles from contracting, which in turn will relax the wrinkle. This treatment would be great for forehead lines, crows feet and “11” lines, but there are many other places it can be applied to as well, depending on your concerns. Neuromodulators also have great medical benefits as well! They can reduce migraines, reduce excess sweat production and even reduce excess oil in the skin (plus, I found that foundation goes on like A DREAM after getting botox, just saying).

The second type of injectable is the hyaluronic acid fillers. These work by replacing lost volume, mainly found in the lower part of the face, but it is also possible to use fillers to sculpt the face as well. Fillers can be applied to the lips, smile lines, marionette lines and lines around the lips to fill in and plump the skin. They can also be applied to the jawline and cheekbones as a way of sculpting the face, non-surgical rhinoplasty and even under the eyes (“tear trough”) to reduce the appearance of puffiness. The hyaluronic acid gel used in fillers is made up of either animal derives or it is grown in a laboratory, all depending on which brand of you go for.

Now, I’m going to list a few pros and cons of getting fillers. These are some which I have experienced myself.

Pro: Quick Fix

Typically, an injectable filler treatment will last around twenty minutes, including the consultation. It is a very quick procedure and gives you instant results.

Con: Temporary Fix

Most dermal fillers will last between six to nine months, all depending on the brand you use and the lifestyle you have. Make sure you drink a lot of water after getting fillers, as this will prolong the hyaluronic acid in the skin. If you have a very active lifestyle and work out a lot, this can metabolise the fillers in you skin much faster.

Pro: Very Few Side Effects

Side effects of fillers can mainly include swelling and bruising, but this will go down within a few days. After this, you will have amazing results for months! However, you should always make sure your therapist is properly trained and experienced before booking your appointment.

Con: You May Need More Than One Treatment

It’s true, once you start getting fillers it becomes an addiction. You get your lips done for the first time, and then you have a look in the mirror and think to yourself “I wonder how they would look if this part was bigger” and then it goes on from there. Well, that’s what happened with me, anyway. You may also need more than one syringe per area as well, all depending on your concerns and how deep the lines may be, and it is common with some therapists that you will receive half the syringe, wait a week for the swelling to go down, and then receive the other half. Again, this all varies on the area you want treated, how deep the lines may be and, of course, the therapist.

Pro: Very Subtle and Natural Look

Just because you once saw someone on tv with lips the size of Jupiter and cheekbones higher than the Eiffel tower, doesn’t mean that getting fillers yourself will give you the same look! It all depends on your preference. This is why you have a consultation- talk to your therapist and express your concerns and the results you want to achieve. They will know and recommend how much you will need.

There are also a few different techniques used to put fillers into the skin. There is the traditional needle method, where a very fine needle is used to physically inject the filler underneath the skin. This method applies the filler in a concentrated mass, giving you lots of volume, perfect for that non surgical nose job, or adding in some cheekbones.

But my favourite method is the no-needle method, where a hyaluronic pen is used to force the filler into the skin, using pressurised bursts of air. This method is a lot less painful than the needle and gives you super natural results, as the filler becomes more scattered underneath the skin. This a great way to reduce smile lines and marionette lines, however it gives an absolutely amazing result on the lips. Lips look plump and moisturised and the added volume is natural yet defined. This is the method which Hill Head Beauty and Aesthetics specialises in, and always have amazing results.

I hope you’ve enjoyed todays article! Whichever method of filler you choose, always do your research and find out which brand is best for you. The more popular ones include Juvederm, Revolax, Restalyne, Dermalax… I could go on. And, I cannot stress this enough, NEVER do your own fillers yourself. Always go with a professional.

Thanks everyone! Stay safe.

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