Hyaluronic Acid (HA) dermal fillers are a popular choice for getting supple, youthful, and smooth skin. But are they any different from Botulinum Toxin (BoNT)? Is the treatment process irreversible and permanent? In this article, we bust those myths surrounding HA dermal fillers so you know what is true… and what is not.
Both dermal fillers and BoNT are cosmetic injection treatments but they work differently. BoNT, a neurotoxin (protein) produced by bacteria, paralyzes muscles, thus relaxing it to reduce wrinkles. On the other hand, dermal fillers are biodegradable gels that replace volume lost during the ageing process to tissues, which revitalizes the skin. They target lines, wrinkles, and volume loss by filling in the areas, with natural results that last.
Our skin loses moisture and elasticity as we age. Hyaluronic Acid dermal fillers contain Hyaluronic Acid, which can store up to a thousand times its weight in water. They are responsible for giving our skin a supple, hydrated look.
HA dermal fillers give instant results, visible up to up to 18 months. They correct fine lines as well as fill out the folds and wrinkles in the skin. Actual results depend on the location of the injection and the rate the fillers are naturally broken down by the body.
Hyaluronic Acid fillers are highly versatile and can be used to define your contours and replenish lost volume. The amount of Hyaluronic Acid filler to be injected can also be tailored by the doctor according to your needs, which allows you to have your desired facial contour and volume. A broad range of HA dermal fillers are available to cater to specific needs.
Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally-occurring substance in our skin that keeps skin supple. As it is our skin’s natural moisturizer, Hyaluronic Acid dermal fillers are suitable for both men and women. There are little side effects from these dermal fillers, other than mild itching, swelling, or bruising that will disappear one to two days after the injection.
Mild itching, swelling, or bruising may also occur at injection sites. To lessen the likelihood of bruising, do let your treating doctor know if you are consuming supplements like fish oil, ginkgo biloba, garlic, and vitamin E or blood thinners like Aleve or Ibuprofen a week before the treatment. Your doctor will advise you whether to continue or temporarily stop the supplements or medicine. Avoiding alcohol a day before the treatment will also lessen the sting of the injections.
Don’t get filler injections right before a dental treatment either as these procedures require pressure and stretching of the face. Also avoid getting your Hyaluronic Acid filler injections if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or having a sinus infection as the infection in the facial area could spread to the injection site.
Hyaluronic Acid dermal fillers can be removed by an enzyme called hyaluronidase. This enzyme dissolves the unwanted Hyaluronic Acid filler and restores the original facial contours. This reverse process is for patients who are unhappy with initial results and for your medical professional to help you achieve your desired outcome.
By now, you should have a clearer view of what exactly are Hyaluronic Acid dermal fillers. They are made of naturally-occurring gels that add volume to your face, giving instant, visible and natural results. This reversible treatment process is also perfectly safe for all types of skin, with minimal side effects.
The first step in your beauty journey is to get a qualified doctor to advise and treat you safely. Our medical professionals are fully trained and equipped to effectively administer the fillers. To get that instant, natural and youthful appearance that lasts, find a professional aesthetic doctor here.