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As we age, the constant use of our facial muscles can weaken them and lead to strain of the tissues that support the skin, causing lines and wrinkles. The body’s ability to produce collagen is also reduced with advancing years. Collagen is the most widespread protein in the body and is commonly found in the skin and the connective tissue. Its job is to provide structural support, increase the strength and in combination with elastin, give the skin more elasticity. Collagen also assists in the clearance of dead skin cells and the replacement of cells to keep your skin healthy. All these factors come together to help you maintain a youthful appearance.
As you become less efficient at producing collagen with age, this is why skin loses its elasticity and wrinkles develop. Your face may also lose some of its volume, making it seem thinner or pinched. This adds years to the face and may be particularly distressing if it has happened to you earlier than expected.
Depending on genetics, a person can start to develop facial wrinkles as early as their mid-20's.
If you're exposed to a highly stressful career, you work outdoors, you smoke, sunbathe or use sunbeds you may be at risk of aging your skin faster.
Some younger women don’t get have a problem with wrinkles but still want to visit a skin care specialist to achieve fuller lips.
Dermal fillers are substances that are injected into the face to minimise the appearance of wrinkles or to make the skin fuller and younger looking. Synthetic commercial fillers made of silicon were introduced in the late 1960’s. A collagen mixture entered the beauty market in 1990 and today the filler of choice is hyaluronic acid local anaesthetic.
There are different types of fillers that are composed of different types of substances and it depends how long you want it to last and where you want to inject as to what brand would be best for you.
Temporary Fillers – These contain hyaluronic acid or collagen. Their beneficial effects last 6 to 12 months and they are typically used for facial lines or crow’s feet (lines around the eyes).
Semi-Permanent Fillers – These contain autologous fat and can last anything from one year to a decade.
Permanent Fillers – These contain silicon, hydrogel or another substance like hydroxyapatite and they are designed to last three to five years.
Dermal fillers aim to increase the volume in your face or other areas and reduce the appearance of lines. Some of the hydrating fillers work by hydrating your body from the inside so you are less susceptible to the effects of the sun. This type of filler might also help you if you suffer from dry skin and could eliminate the need to carry lip balm in your handbag.
Having dermal filler injections can be moderately painful. That’s why some of the newer fillers also contain a local anaesthetic. For the ones that don’t, you can choose to have a local anaesthetic cream applied beforehand. There will be swelling and bruising for a few days afterwards.
If you would like to look younger but aren’t ready for cosmetic surgery, you could try dermal fillers with The Medical Park.
The material on this site is for informational purpose only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treetment provided by a qualified healthcare provider.
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