Wrinkles are part of the ageing process. They can be attributed to sun damage, effects of gravity and muscle contraction resulting from facial expressions such as frowning and laughing. Wrinkles due to the effects of gravity represent natural sagging of tissue with age and are generally only improved by surgical tightening procedures.
The use of injectable soft tissue dermal fillers has become hugely popular as it offers a simple non-surgical method of improving facial appearance. Dermal fillers work in a completely different way from wrinkle-reducing injections. The basic principle is that plumping, filling, or augmenting tissue can reverse some features of facial ageing, including:
- Loss of fullness in the lips
- Deepening of the lines that run from the nose to the side of the mouth (the ‘nasolabial folds’)
- Lines or wrinkles in the upper lip and other areas of the face
- Depressions in the skin caused by acne and other scars
- A hollow gaunt appearance due to loss of facial fat
Mr Sherif Wilson is an expert cosmetic surgeon who can perform dermal fillers in Bristol, Bath or Gloucester.
Dermal fillers procedure
The injection of dermal fillers is a very quick procedure that normally takes no more than thirty minutes. The fillers are either injected directly into the skin or under the skin where the area is being treated. Fillers help to correct wrinkles and enhance facial features by lifting the skin or providing more support.
The injection of fillers around the mouth and lips can be painful and usually require some form of local anaesthetic to numb the area. New products contain an anaesthetic to make the injection more comfortable.
After dermal fillers
After treatment, some redness and swelling may occur in the treated areas. This usually subsides within a day or two. Most patients notice a positive change in their appearance almost instantly following dermal fillers. Results are relatively long-lasting of between six to twelve months.