Dermal fillers: everything you need to know

Posted by on 21 June 2018 | Comments

At the Orthodontic Studio in Rotherham, we’re proud to offer not only excellent teeth straightening options but also facial aesthetics. Our specialist orthodontist Anshu Sood is qualified and insured to administer effective dermal fillers to areas of the face. You may have heard plenty of about dermal fillers, or ‘fillers’, in the media and from friends, but do you know all you’d like to know about them? If you have any unanswered questions, then look no further than this blog post!


Here’s everything you need to know about dermal fillers.


What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are an injectable aesthetic treatment that replenish lost volume in the skin. They’re made of hyaluronic acid, which is a sugar that naturally occurs in the body and contributes to skin volume and firmness. This makes them incredibly safe to use because they are naturally broken down and recycled in the body without any disruption to your system.


What do they do?

Dermal fillers are used to restore, replenish, and add volume to areas of the mid-to-lower face. Areas that are particularly effective to treat with dermal fillers are the cheeks, nose-to-mouth lines, and the lips.


Are dermal fillers permanent?

Not at all! Because they are made of this natural sugar, the body can break them down easily and effectively. They don’t just sit where they are placed; they usually last for around 4-6 months before the body dissolves them. A repeat appointment will be needed if you’d like to maintain your results.


Will they stretch my skin?

Your skin will not retain the shape of treatment after the filler has been broken down by the body. Don’t worry, your treated area will return to its original shape and structure once the filler has been recycled. If not repeating your treatment, the area will return back to normal.


What’s the difference between dermal filler and anti-wrinkle injections?

Both are injectable aesthetic treatments, both available through us, but they both achieve different things. Anti-wrinkle injections focus on relaxing over-expressive muscles in the face to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While anti-wrinkle injections focus on the muscles, dermal filler focuses on soft tissue. They add contour and structure to the face, plumping and redefining the target area.


Can dermal fillers be used to smooth wrinkles?

In particular areas, dermal fillers can smooth wrinkles but not in the same way as anti-wrinkle injections. They work best in areas of diminished volume, like the cheeks, where the skin can fall forwards and ‘fold’. This is commonly seen in nose-to-mouth lines, which is an area that dermal fillers can treat. By using dermal filler to ‘fill’ this loosened skin, we can smooth these lines by lessening how much they fold.


If I experience cold sores, can I still get lip fillers?

This is an interesting question that not many clients know the answer to, or even know to ask! It’s not dangerous, but injecting dermal filler sometimes causes a reaction. It’s not dangerous though, as it’s not the dermal filler itself that stimulates the cold sores. The trauma of puncturing the lip and injecting can stimulate a reaction, but medication can be taken before and after the procedure for a few days to prevent the break-out. You can still get lip fillers, you just need to take a few extra steps first.


At the Orthodontic Studio in Rotherham, we’re happy to welcome to all clients interested in teeth whitening, braces, and even facial aesthetics. Book your consultation to learn how we refresh the face, enquire online or speak to a member of staff on 01709 382 047.