What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal Fillers are injectable treatments that reduce the appearance of wrinkles, lines and deeper folds, rejuvenating the skin to give a more youthful appearance.
Dermal Fillers are made of various natural and man-made (synthetic) materials that have been developed over many years for injections into the skin.
Are Dermal Fillers permanent or temporary?
Dermal Fillers tend to be broadly classified into two types of Dermal Fillers, either non-permanent (resorbable) or permanent (non-resorbable).
Non-permanent fillers last 6-18 months depending on the product used.
Dr Teri Johnson only uses resorbable fillers because permanent fillers have a higher risk of permanent side effects.
What are Dermal Fillers made from?
In the 1980’s collagen was the first Dermal Filler approved in the USA.
However, the leading Dermal Fillers used by most UK practitioners nowadays are hyaluronic acid based products. Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of our own skin which can be synthesised. Hyaluronic acid based fillers have the advantage that they can last 4 to 18 months depending on the product and they can be broken down by the enzyme hyaluronidase if needed so the filler can be removed more rapidly if necessary.
Other non-permanent fillers available include ones using PolyCaproLactone, Poly-L-lactic acid and Calcium Hydroxylapatite.