When you were a child, you were too young to appreciate your beautiful skin. It was smooth, supple and even in colour. Skin ageing is the inevitable process that gives us wrinkles, sagging, thinning and rougher skin. Our genetic make-up will determine how and when that happens.
There is another type of skin ageing, this time related to lifestyle rather than to genetics: this is called photo ageing because it’s caused by exposure to the ultra-violet rays of the sun. Experts tell us that almost 95% of the signs of premature ageing can be blamed on sun exposure. Think about what this looks like: freckles, age spots, rough skin that looks more like leather than skin, a very fine mass of wrinkles, loose skin and a blotchy complexion. Then there are the many different types of skin cancers that can develop many years after sun exposure.
Add to this the wear and tear of poor diet, pollution, smoking (passive or active), poor skin care products and stress, to name only a few, and you have a recipe for skin that can make you look older than you really are.
Your skin is your personal interface with the world. Skin gives an immediate impression of a person, whether or not we are consciously judging.
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 ageing become more visible with time. Thankfully, cosmetic and health technology has a solution: 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 jaw line 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 minimised 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.