What are Dermal Fillers? Do I Need Them?

Looking at a young face, you will notice a few things; full cheeks, a smooth transition between the under eye area and the upper cheek, a smooth contour from the nose to the corner of the mouth, and a full vermillion border of the lips (the edges where the pink lip meets the skin), just to name a few.

As we age, we begin to lose both the underlying volume and the elasticity of our skin. This is a natural consequence of our body’s decreased collagen production. Looking at a more mature face, you may notice hollows under the eyes, flattening in the middle of the cheeks, a more pronounced wrinkle or fold extending from the nose to the mouth corners, depressions at the comers of the mouth, the beginning of jowls along the jawline, and thinning of the lips.

If you are like most people, the effects of aging that we see on our faces causes some degree of distress. While most of us want to “age gracefully”, it can be difficult emotionally to deal with the effects of time and excessive environmental exposure when we look in the mirror.

Fillers (or dermal fillers) are designed specifically to address the loss of volume that occurs with aging. Unlike Botox, dermal fillers actually “fill” the lines and creases, and revolumizes the depressions that develop with age.

The most commonly used dermal fillers in Canada are Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers. Hyaluronic Acid is a substance that is naturally found in our bodies, specifically in connective, epithelial and neural tissue. Medically, because HA is a major component of the skin, it can be used to help tissue healing in certain surgeries and with chronic wound suffers, such as those with chronic diabetic ulcers.

Because it is a naturally occurring substance HA dermal fillers are generally very well received by patients and have a very low rate of side effects or complications. Depending upon the type of filler used, results can last from 6 months to over a year.

The decision to proceed with any rejuvenating procedure is a personal one. It’s really all about being satisfied that the person in the mirror reflects the person inside. It’s of paramount importance that patients are treated by an experienced professional who not only understands the products, but also understands the goal of the individual patient. Most people want a natural and refreshed look which can be achieved with an incremental and gentle approach to treatment.

The very best way to know if treatment with dermal fillers is appropriate for you is to arrange a consultation with one of the experienced physicians or Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialists at The Best You location closest to you.