Dermal Fillers – The myths and the facts

Generally, dermal fillers are used for the purpose of evening out the skin by means of filling wrinkles and creases. Not only this, but a dermal filler might also be used to help add more volume to your lips, cheeks and other areas. At Pall Mall medical we don’t simply aim to offer the highest standard in private healthcare in the UK, but also provide a fundamental understanding to help people feel more at ease.

Depending on the type of filler, another ingredient will be required. This could be:

  • Collagen (lasts ¾ months)
  • Hyaluronic acid (4-6 months)
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite (18 months)
  • Poly-L-lactic acid (may last up to 2 years)
  • Polymethylmethacrylate beads (PMMA) (permanent)

Depending on the procedure that you opt for, you will either be offered some form of anaesthetic cream or injection. Once this has been carried out, a series of small injections will follow. The practitioner may also need to massage your face somewhat afterwards.

Even though the procedure shouldn’t be painful, some amount of discomfort should be expected.

Dermal filler myths

1. It’s a profound myth that all fillers are permanent. Out of the widely used solutions, only the PMMA is truly a permanent form of dermal filler. This means that you need to thoroughly consider what type of filler to choose and how long you wish for it to last. In order to ensure that you get the desired effect, you will need to be properly informed from someone such as an Aesthetics Doctor.

2. There is also a common misconception that dermal fillers are irreversible. In actual fact this isn’t the clinical truth at all. For example, if your doctor was to use Juvederm, then a reversing agent known as Hyaluronidase can be used. This breaks up the hyaluronic acid correctly and safely, hence that the procedure is reversible.

3. You’ll often hear it said as well that “Botox” is also a filler. Again, this is incorrect. In layman’s terms, fillers fill (obviously) and Botox relaxes. Botox and chemicals that are related to such, create negative facial alterations to act against issues such as “crow’s feet”, or forehead lines. Fillers, on the other hand, fill the unwanted wrinkles and folds, adding volume to the specified area.

4. It’s also believed that you can’t use dermal fillers and Botox simultaneously. Once again this is incorrect. In fact, they often complement each other. Use of Botox near a filler will help the filler last longer as the muscle is more relaxed, thus meaning that the filler will be broken down over a longer period of time.

5.    Many will tell you how it’s perfectly fine to expose yourself to excess sunlight after the procedure. This isn’t the case, unfortunately. Dermal fillers will actually make your skin more vulnerable to harmful UV rays so it’s strongly advised that sunscreen is worn whenever it may seem necessary.


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