No one can escape from the process of ageing. As an inevitable part of ageing, our skins gradually starts to lose its elasticity, contributing to saggy and wrinkly skin as we grow older.
There’s nothing to be ashamed about ripening into old age – and some people manage to do so with such grace – but for some people, looking older than their age can be a real confidence-shattering issue.
One prominent area for saggy skin is the chin and jaw area. This can contribute to a double chin look, or loose hanging chin or neck skin. If you have started to see these signs of ageing and wish to slow down the process of ageing, some aesthetics treatments like jawline botox can help you.
While chin botox is ever-popular as a wrinkle reducer, dermal fillers are also a top choice for combatting sagging chins and loose jaw skin. They are also often used for improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pitted scars on other parts of the face.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are typically injectable substances that can be introduced directly into the targeted areas to lift and add volume to the region. The various types of dermal fillers are classified according to the main ingredients used. Below, some common dermal filler ingredients are described:
- Hyaluronic Acid (HA): HA is a naturally-occurring compound in the body, and is one of the most popular ingredients for dermal fillers due to its effective and safe nature. It gives the skin a hydrating effect, making it firmer and more radiant. Injected HA dermal fillers give immediately visible results, and the effects typically last for 6 to 12 months. Some brands of HA-based dermal fillers include Juvederm and Restylane.
- Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA): This compound is found naturally in our bones, and is commonly used to add volume and structure to nasolabial folds, frown lines, and other moderate-to-severe facial creases. Unlike HA fillers, CaHA) fillers take longer to be metabolised by the body, making them a semi-permanent dermal filler with longer-lasting results (up to 2 years). A well-known brand using this filler is Radiesse.
- Polylactic Acid: Another semi-permanent filler, this is used to treat deeper fold lines like nasolabial folds or depressed scars. The filler improves the appearance of the target areas over the course of weeks or months. As it works by stimulating collagen production, results are not immediately visible. A common brand of polylactic acid filler is Sculptra.
There are pros and cons of each type of dermal fillers, so it pays to do ample research before deciding on the one(s) that work for you. You can also consult a certified aesthetic doctor to recommend a tailor-made solution that will suit your expectations.
What is the procedure like?
Regardless of the ingredient involved in the dermal filler, the procedure is pretty similar. The doctor may apply a numbing cream, after which, the filler is injected into the target area(s). The whole procedure usually doesn’t take more than 15 minutes, depending on the determined areas for treatment.
In some cases, two to three sessions of treatments are recommended for the optimum effect. Typically, doctors will schedule each treatment at least two weeks apart.
What are some precautions that should be taken?
Most types of dermal fillers carry low risks of side effects and reactions with the body, making them generally safe for aesthetic uses. However, a skilled and certified doctor is still paramount to ensure that the fillers are injected accurately, avoiding vital arteries and nerves. Besides the safety issue, a well-trained doctor is also more likely to perform the procedure to the best effect possible, reducing the occurrence of lumps and over-filling.
As with all injectable treatments, there is a small risk of redness, swelling, bruising, and pain. These are usually minor and resolve on their own within a few days. In fact, most people who undergo the treatment experience minimal downtime, and return to their daily activities right after the procedure.
A word of caution though – the treatment is not safe for people on blood-thinning medications and supplements like vitamin E. For a full list of things to avoid before going for dermal fillers, do consult your aesthetic professional.