Fighting ageing and wrinkles with hyaluronic acid fillers

Derma fillers have long been used in rejuvenating the skin and face. The use of wrinkle fillers is nothing new, having been practiced as early as the 1890s. Nowadays, derma fillers are made from both natural and synthetic substances. If you’re looking to invigorate your skin and minimise wrinkles, hyaluronic acid fillers might be the solution. They work by filling out the skin making it plump, firm, and less saggy. These materials are injected into the skin using several techniques.

How HA fillers work

One of the first derma fillers were bovine extracts taken from cows. Because a lot of people experienced adverse reactions to collagen fillers, medical scientists found alternative substances for injections. Hence, hyaluronic acid fillers were introduced. Hyaluronic acid is found in the human body and is well tolerated even by patients with hyper-sensitive skin. In the UK, popular brands of HA fillers include Juvederm, Perlane, Restylane, Captique, Elevess, Esthélis, Elevess, Hylaform, Prevelle, and Puragen.

  • Benefits

The use of hyaluronic acid fillers is praised because it is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure. It is considered a safe practice in the medical field because there is no surgery involved which could lead to complications or even disastrous results. It costs less and the procedure is short, about 30 minutes or more.

  • Side effects

As with any cosmetic procedure, allergic reactions can be expected. Temporary swelling and redness of the skin may occur. There will be bumps on the skin where the injections were carried out, but these are temporary. Skin discolouration may also occur. Although the effect of hyaluronic acid fillers can last from a few months to even up to a year, follow-up visits may be required to maintain the results. Other theories and research support that top up injections are beneficial to prolong the effect and even stimulate production of collagen, the 'structural protein' responsible for the elasticity of the skin.

  • How it works

A patient who opts for HA fillers should go to a licensed practitioner where allergy tests will be done including a rundown of the medical history. Expectations on the procedure will also be discussed. A consent form will be signed before the procedure takes place. Before HA fillers are injected, topical anaesthesia will be applied or anything similar to lignocaine on target areas. Your doctor will also prescribe a cream afterwards to reduce the discomforts such as redness and swelling.

Practical advice

Hence, if you’re considering the use of hyaluronic acid fillers, be aware of the implications and options. Not everyone is a good candidate for these types of injections. Although derma fillers are considered as medical devices and as such, subject to close monitoring and regulatory standards, the existence of so many different brands in the market can be confusing. Do your own research and choose a licensed practitioner, dermatologist, physician or surgeon who has a solid experience in performing the procedure. Discuss any concern you may have as well as expectations openly and truthfully.

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