As the skin ages the major elements of the dermis are gradually lost. These elements include elastin, hyaluronic acid and collagen. Collagen is the major protein which supports the skin, while hyaluronic acid assists in adding volume and shape to the skin.
The most common use for dermal fillers has been to increase the volume and size of women’s lips, with many types of dermal filler designed for this function due to the scale of the market. Women are looking to maintain their beauty and not let it lapse during their lifespan, which is why the option of dermal fillers to reverse or even postpone the unappealing signs of ageing is an advantageous choice. However, there are other popular uses of dermal fillers which are beneficial for both men and woman.
Facial lines are quite common due to advanced age and stress. These can also occur as a result of other factors and being include a side-effect of substances used in the body; prescription drugs, for example. Dermal fillers are effective in filling lines and improving facial aesthetics. One of the most common lines able to be filled in both genders is nasolabial lines, which are lines traversing from the nose to the corners of the mouth. These are commonly called smile or frown lines.
Wrinkles are an equally common condition which can be treated, and these include forehead wrinkles and wrinkles around the eyes, more commonly referred to as “crow’s feet”. Other commonly treated skin conditions are weak and sunken cheeks, acne scars and regular scars, and varicose veins in aged skin. Generally, the lines, wrinkles and folds able to be treated by the application of dermal fillers are lip lines, tear troughs (tired, baggy eyes), marionette lines (mouth to chin), frown lines, crow’s feet (around the eye), and nasolabial lines (nose to mouth).
Other applications can be classified under skin rejuvenation or contouring and enhancement. For rejuvenation the various parts that can be treated include the face, neck and the back of the hands. Contouring and enhancement include eyebrow reshaping, chin enhancement, cheek sculpting for sunken cheeks, shaping saggy jowls, turning up the mouth corners, nose contouring and lip enhancement.
The procedure is quick, often taking just 30 minutes or less to complete, and many people experience no pain at all and minimum side-effects.