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Dermal Fillers: Yay or Nay?

Thanks to advancements in aesthetics, there are now more ways to enhance certain features of the face without having to commit to surgery. A popular non-surgical route to glam up the face uses dermal fillers. Do you feel like your nose bridge is unflattering? Are parts of your face looking sunken due to volume loss and ageing? Dermal fillers can address these problem areas and more. Read through this article to get further information about what this treatment can do and where you can get fillers in Singapore.

Dermal fillers: What are they?

Dermal fillers are injectable substances that are soft and gel-like. They are made up of either natural or synthetic ingredients. Most of the fillers existing in the market use hyaluronic acid (HA). This compound is actually produced by our body naturally. Hyaluronic acid works well in retaining water. As a natural component found in the body, it works to keep our skin hydrated. Hyaluronic acid also makes the skin flexible. It stretches the skin and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles in the skin’s surface.

Aside from hyaluronic acid, dermal fillers may also be made from a mineral that is found in the bone, which is Calcium hydroxyapatite. A synthetic sample of dermal fillers is composed of a biodegradable material, Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA).

What are the areas of the face that dermal fillers can address?

There are several parts of the face that dermal fillers can address, including:

  • Area around the eyes
  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Décolletage
  • Forehead
  • Hands
  • Jawline
  • Lips
  • Nose
  • Temples

Dermal fillers improves the appearance of the face by:

  • Contouring the jawline
  • Correcting acne scars
  • Giving volume to hollow under-eye area
  • Improving nose height and shape
  • Increasing of lip fullness
  • Lifting of drooping cheeks
  • Reducing skin discoloration or dark rings in the under-eye area
  • Rejuvenating the back of the hand
  • Smoothing of fine creases. fine lines, and wrinkles

Are dermal fillers worth it?

A usual question that begs to be answered before getting any aesthetic procedure done is: “Is it worth it?” Below are the advantages and disadvantages of dermal fillers that can help you decide whether the treatment is right for you or not.

YAY: Fillers do not need surgery to be applied.

The thought of scalpels and incisions can make a lot of people cringe. If you are one of those people who dislike the thought of undergoing surgery, then fillers are a great substitute to get your face enhanced. A filler procedure is considered a “lunchtime” treatment as it can be completed quickly within a day and in under an hour, depending on the number of areas being treated. You do not need to be placed under general anaesthesia for this procedure and you can immediately step out of the clinic after your appointment without needing to take time off from work for recovery.

NAY: Fillers provide temporary results.

While fillers can bring natural results that are almost as dramatic and excellent as plastic surgery can do, a downside to this aesthetic improvement technique is its longevity. The results of a surgery can be permanent and last for a lifetime, but fillers only last anywhere from six months to two years at most.

YAY: Fillers are reversible.

It is not always a guarantee that patients will actually like the aesthetic changes to their face. Is there a way to go back to square one if that happens? With dermal fillers, thankfully there is!One upside to fillers being temporary is its being reversible. HA fillers can be dissolved using hyaluronidase. If you are dissatisfied with the results of your fillers, then you can either wait for its results to wear off or you can ask your medical provider for a hyaluronidase injection to remove the fillers.

NAY: Fillers are not for everyone.

There are certain limitations when it comes to getting dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are not recommended for people who:

  • Are allergic to any of the substances that make up the fillers, especially lidocaine.
  • Are having acne break out or cold sores.
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Have a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection at the site where the procedure is to be done.
  • Have had fillers removed with hyaluronidase. Your doctor should be able to advise you how long your face should rest before getting another dose of fillers.

YAY: Fillers make you look more youthful.

Hyaluronic acid gets the magic happening as soon as the fillers are injected into your skin. Its ability to draw in moisture and stimulate collagen production restores the skin’s elasticity and volume, making the surface of the skin stretch and become smooth. Creases and wrinkles in the skin are reduced, resulting in a more youthful looking appearance.

NAY: Fillers have possible side effects.

Successful filler results can make you achieve your dream face, but when the opposite happens, it may just end up as a nightmare. Improper application of fillers can cause side effects and complications such as:

  • Blindness — when used to contour nose bridge, although rare
  • Bruising
  • Itching
  • Skin discoloration
  • Skin necrosis
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

YAY/NAY: Fillers’ cost.

We are placing the cost of fillers in the same category as it can be either advantageous or disadvantageous to your finances, depending on your perspective. If you are looking to try out aesthetically enhancing a part of your face, your nose for example, but do not want to undergo surgery, then dermal fillers are a less expensive choice for you to achieve the nose that you want. This is also true if you would like enhancements, but your budget is limited.

However, if you end up wanting to maintain the results of dermal fillers, then you are in for repeat treatments. This means that you will need to top up on fresh fillers as soon as their effects have vanished. How often this needs to be done will be contingent on the type of fillers that you use. The longest time that you can enjoy filler results is two years. If you sum up each time you spend for filler treatment maintenance that may stretch on for years, then the cost of this may end up to be more expensive than getting one time surgery.

Veritas Medical Aesthetics

13 Stamford Rd, #B2-35 Capitol Singapore, Singapore 178905


+65 6283 3885

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