What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable gels used to restore or add volume to the face. Fillers vary in density (thickness), which determines the area they can be used in and what they’re designed for, whether that is to provide lift or contouring, create symmetry, fill in lines or deep folds, or enhance a particular feature such as the lips.
Fillers can be permanent or temporary. Eternally Young only uses non-permanent dermal fillers that have long-lasting results (up to 18 months, depending on the particular filler and the areas treated), but your body is able to break the filler down naturally and eventually the results will fade. Non-permanent dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid so are extremely safe as they can be reversed if necessary.
Dermal fillers produce a result that is seen instantly after treatment. They may be used as an alternative to surgery, helping you to avoid invasive and expensive procedures.
Naso-Labial Lines (NLF)
Nasolabial lines or folds are the skin folds that run from each side of the nose to the corners of the mouth and separate the cheeks from the upper lip.
They are commonly known as “smile lines”. This crease becomes more noticeable as part of the natural ageing process. NLFs can be corrected through injections of dermal filler to soften the appearance of these creases.
Marionette lines (corner of the mouth) are long vertical lines/folds that run from the corners of the mouth down to the chin. The name is derived from the Marionette puppets!
These lines occur with age & genetics and give a sad look to the face. They can progress to form jowls later on. It is possible to lift these corners with dermal filler to soften the appearance of these lines.
Peri Oral Lines / Smokers Lines
These lines are also known as ‘lipstick lines’ and are the result of smoking, sun damage and ageing. They can be present at rest (static) or present on contraction (dynamic) and can appear above and/or below the lips.
These can be treated with a combination of botox and/or filler.
As we age, the face loses fat causing the cheeks to become flat and saggy and causing a sunken look. Dermal fillers can be used to restore volume, plumpness and definition to the mid-face and recreate youthful contours.
Cheek fillers also lift the areas lower down such as the nasolabial folds and the jowls. In addition, younger patients are seeking out cheek filler treatment to further define their cheekbones to create “supermodel sculpted cheekbones” !
Lip enhancement can improve the definition to your lips and regain youthful plumpness. Lips fillers can also help to solve many different types of imperfections such as asymmetry, smoker’s lines, wrinkled lips and defining the cupid’s bow.
There are 2 options for lip filler treatment:
1. Shaping – this involves injecting filler along the border of the lip (vermillion border). This treatment is ideal for those with little shape, peri-oral lines and older clients who only want a subtle enhancement.
2. Volumisation – this involves injecting deeper into the main body of the lip (the red part) to increase the volume of the lips. Both procedures can be carried out on their own or together.
The chin crease (or mental crease) is the horizontal crease that forms between the bottom lip and the chin. A deep crease means that there is less support for the bottom lip and the chin can appear to protrude forward.
Chin creases become more prominent with age but can also be genetic. Dermal filler can be used to effectively fill a chin crease, giving better support to the lower lip and reduce the appearance of a protruding chin.
This treatment can be combined with Botox injected into the tip of your chin which relaxes the mentalis muscle and helps to soften the appearance of the mental crease further.
Chin filler can enhance the overall appearance of the chin area. This area is often overlooked but can dramatically enhance the appearance of the lower face by creating a more balanced profile.
Chin deficiencies (known as Microgenia) can be corrected with the use of dermal filler. Vertical Microgenia (short chin) can be corrected to lengthen the chin and Horizontal Microgenia (Retrogenia/recessive chin) can be corrected to protrude the chin forwards in someone with a recessive chin.
Ageing causes a loss of definition of the jawline and an increase of sagging of the jowls due to fat atrophy and volume loss. Jawline filler treatment is also suitable for people who have an under formed jawline or a younger patient who desires a more defined and sculpted jawline.
A defined jawline is a very desirable look and a strong jawline can be the most striking feature of a person’s appearance. Dermal filler can be used to stiffen the skin on the jawline and create a lift effect to help attain a more aesthetically youthful and defined jawline.
Enhancement of Temples
The youthful face is full, oval in shape with round or “convex” temples, flowing down through full cheeks to a slimmer jaw to create a desirable “heart-shaped” face.
As we age, there is volume loss around the cheeks and temples creating a “concave” or sunken depression so that the scaffold is lost. This can make the face look less heart-shaped and more square with increased heaviness and sagging around the jawline and jowls.
Treating the hollowing of the temples by revolumising the area with dermal fillers gives a more youthful look and rejuvenating outcome. It also has the secondary effect of lifting the lateral brow.
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