When you were a child, you were too young to appreciate your beautiful skin. It was smooth, supple and even in colour. Skin aging is the inevitable process that gives us wrinkles, sagging, thinning and rougher skin. However, rejuvenating your skin in today’s time has never been safer or easier thanks to dermal fillers.
Not only is aging skin the result of your genetics and the passing of time, but also through a process called Photo Aging. Photo Aging is the process where your skin cells are damaged over time as a result of sun exposure, while more specifically, exposure to UV-Radiation. Experts tell us that almost 95% of the signs of premature aging can be blamed on sun exposure. Premature aging can appear as freckles, age spots, a very fine mass of wrinkles, loose skin or a blotchy complexion. While these are usually minor symptoms, skin cancers are usually the more severe side-effects of prolonged sun exposure.
These, coupled with the wear and tear of poor diet, pollution, smoking (passive or active), poor skincare products and stress, you have a recipe for skin that can make you look older than you really are.
In spite of the irreversible effects of sun damage, it’s never too late to change bad habits and give your body and your skin the best chance. This includes eating a healthy diet, drinking enough fluids, getting adequate sleep and exercise, breathing clean air, and cosmetic surgery. Never expose your skin to harmful UV rays; use sunscreen every day regardless of the season and the weather.
A Little Help for your Skin
Regardless of all the loving care you give your skin, some damage has already been done, and the effects of aging become more visible with time. Thankfully, cosmetic and health technology has a solution for rejuvenating your skin: dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers are micro-injections that help to plump up the skin, making it firmer and helping to smooth out lines and wrinkles. The dermal fillers least likely to produce allergic reactions are bio-synthetically produced non-animal products. The Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia has a list of approved products. It’s important you are confident that the product you’re receiving is TGA approved; make sure also that it’s administered by a fully trained and experienced operator.
Dermal fillers are used for smoothing lines and wrinkles all over the face and are also very effective for restoring volume in areas that become hollow with age: the cheeks, under the eyes, the jawline and the temples. Smiling is a good thing, but it forms paths in our skin that announce our age. Dermal fillers can help reduce the folds between your nose and mouth, and also the creases at the sides of your mouth. They can also be used to restore fullness to thinning lips.
How Dermal Fillers Work
Cosmetic fillers help to strengthen and hydrate your skin; they can actually stimulate your body to produce collagen, the substance that gives your skin its youthful suppleness, the appearance of a ‘cushion’ supporting your skin. The effects of dermal filler injections continue to improve your skin for up to six weeks post-treatment.
The treatment lasts anywhere from 6 to 12 months, or longer if you have a follow-up treatment. The injections produce slight discomfort, but this can be minimized by the use of topical creams that are rubbed on the skin before the treatment. It’s not uncommon to have some tenderness and swelling and a little redness after a treatment, but this normally reduces after a couple of days. Occasionally a little bruising can last longer.
In the hands of an expert, qualified injector, dermal fillers can give you a refreshed, healthy look. It’s like a holiday for your skin, the effects of which last for months.
If you’re looking into rejuvenating your skin through cosmetic or dermal injections, Brisbane Cosmetic Clinic can help! Schedule a consultation or appointment by calling 07 3391 5710. If you’re not sure if dermal fillers are right for you, you can see our before and after photos here.