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Dermal fillers are generally used for aesthetic treatments for the face, where chemicals based on hyaluronic acid are injected into the skin in order to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Through this process, they are able to contour, create volume, and revitalise the skin.

They’re Over 200 Years Old

Thinking that dermal fillers are a modern invention is a common misconception. In fact, such fillers were invented by an Austrian surgeon called Robert Gersuny in the 1800. During an experiment with mineral oil and paraffin he discovered its use as a filler for facial defects. However, it was still not as developed as it is today, and although popular, in the mid-1920s its use declined due to severe complications. This was exemplified by the famous case of the Duchess of Marlborough at the time, Gladys Deacon, who was badly disfigured after her nose was injected with hot paraffin wax.

They Aren’t All the Same

Some dermal fillers are actually made of natural chemicals that you also find in your body, such as collagen and hyaluronic acid. Some surgeons even make use of your own body fat, injecting it from part of your body to another. Collagen fillers have been FDA-approved since 1981, and may be bovine (from cattle) or human-derived. Hyaluronic acid has been approved since 2003. Although collagen does not stop being produced in the body, soft-tissue fillers help to stimulate the growth of collagen where the chemicals are injected. It’s also worth noting that some dermal fillers contain synthetic materials, including polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA), liquid silicone, and calcium hydroxyapatite. Make sure you get the type of fillers you desire, as these non-organic materials cannot be broken down and absorbed in the body.

They Are Temporary

Dermal fillers will give different results to different people, and there’s no saying exactly how long each filler will last. However, the effects are temporary, so you will require topping up if you aim to keep the same look. Unless it is semi-permanent, natural dermal fillers will typically be absorbed into the body within around three months, with the effects lasting several years.

They Can’t Be Used Everywhere

Common areas that dermal fillers are appropriate for include around the eyes, lips, and forehead. They can also be used on other areas such as the hands or even the earlobes. However, it’s important to know that they are not FDA-approved for use in the breasts or buttocks. Should you come across this usage of dermal fillers, you could be putting your health at risk, as countries that do this have seen a high rate of complications, such as lumps, loss of ability to breastfeed, and infections. 

They Come with Side Effects

With any medical procedure, cosmetic or otherwise, there are always going to be side effects. Although it is said that the risk of serious side effects is small, it is important to be aware that they could occur months, or even years, after a dermal filler injection. The most common complication involved bacterial infection, which can be avoided by going to a reputable company with excellent hygiene. Bacterial infections are when pathogenic micro-organisms such as Streptococcus aureus penetrate through the skin puncture at the site of the injection. Another rare complication would be when a blood vessel is accidently injected, which could result in impaired vision, blindness, stroke, or could damage the skin and its underlying facial structures. For these reasons, it’s important to have your dermal fillers injected by a licenced technician in a medical setting.

Contact Us

For more detailed information about the use of dermal fillers at AZ Aesthetics, complete our contact form, or email us at info@azaesthetics.co.uk. You can also call us at our Essex location on 07950607077.


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