All of us have something or the other about our looks that we feel we can fix and look better as a result. After all we all know the potential our face has! Sometimes it is about the extremely thin lips, sometimes it is about those crow feet or the laugh lines and sometimes it is about those prominent dark circles that happened just because the eyes got into hollows on account of weight loss.
Wrinkle Injections and Dermal fillers are the solutions to the aforementioned. Not just them though, Wrinkle Injections and dermal fillers solve a plethora of other concerns too where either some function has to be stopped for a while (aging and hence fine line formation for instance) or some volume needs to be added (thin lips or under eye).
- What are Dermal Fillers and Wrinkle Injections
- How do Fillers and Wrinkle Injections Work
- What purpose do Dermal Fillers and Wrinkle Injections Solve
- Dermal Fillers vs. Wrinkle Injections
- Types of Fillers
- The Risks involved
- How to Minimise the Risk Involved
Dermal fillers also known as injectable fillers, injectable cosmetic fillers and injectable facial fillers are soft tissue fillers which are injected into the skin to either fill in the lines or add volume to a shrunken area. Dermal fillers are most commonly used as a treatment for facial wrinkles, dark circle treatment (where dark circles have been caused by the hollow bone structure around the eye) and for getting the perfect pouts for the lips.
Dermal fillers are not always synthetic, they can be naturally derived too (hyaluronic acid based fillers). What differentiates them is that the synthetic ones last longer as compared to the natural ones. More on this will be discussed in the later section, for now let us have a look at the broad concerns that dermal fillers help to solve.
Wrinkle Injections on the other hand are a natural product derived from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, found in various natural settings such as soil, lakes, and forests as well as the intestinal tracts of mammals and fish and in the gills and organs of crabs and other shellfish.
Dermal fillers are injected into the designated area and fill up the volume in the designated spot leading to plumping up. Since they are more commonly the naturally derived ones, they gradually dissolve over time which is the reason why a booster sessions needs to be taken.
Botulinum toxin or Wrinkle Injection on the other hand is injected into the muscles in extremely small concentration and with precision. The concentration and precision are of utmost importance as any variation could result in disastrous results. When injected accurately, the toxin works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles by blocking the signals (acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter which signals the muscles to contract) from the neurons (nerve cells).
Dermal fillers are mainly used for facial contouring whereby they are injected at the shallow places wherever applicable in order to give defined contours.
They solve the following purpose:
- Add volume and smoothen out the deep creases running from nose to mouth also known as nasolabial folds or in layman terms- laughing lines
- Plump up thin lips and smoothen out vertical lines around the lips’ edges
- Cheek augmentation to enhance their shape
- FIlling out the hollows or depressions or troughs under the eyes.
- Evening out the chicken pox, accidental or acne scars
- Folds on the forehead and also fine lines and crow feet or laugh line mainly near the eyes
For Wrinkle Injections, the usage is mainly restricted to anti-aging treatments in the forehead and eye region. Another critical use lies in for people who experience excessive sweating. A Wrinkle Injections' injection at the right place helps in controlling it.
Since Dermal fillers and Wrinkle Injections have similar and sometimes overlapping purposes to solve and both are injected too, they are often confused to be the same thing. However, that is not the case because dermal fillers are injected into the skin for the purpose of plumping the target area as opposed to Wrinkle Injections which is injected in order to stop the muscle movement at the designated area.
Also, Wrinkle Injections has their most common application as an injection around the forehead and wrinkles around the eyes while fillers are for purposes already mentioned in the previous section.
Also, since both of them work in different manners, many people opt for both of these simultaneously resulting in a really youthful effect if done right.
Fillers are primarily divided into two groups: Synthetic and Natural.
Naturally derived fillers (mainly hyaluronic acid based) are safer and have lesser risk of causing allergic reactions as compared to their synthetic counterparts. However, the lop side of using them is that synthetic fillers are more durable and hence their effect lasts longer than the natural ones.
The average duration for the effectiveness of natural fillers is from 3 to 18 months. Results are usually obtained immediately, the duration mentioned is the time it takes for the effect to wane off.
Other than these, there are autologous wrinkle fillers. These fillers are basically a person’s own fat which is surgically removed from the thighs, buttocks or stomach; is treated and then injected. Results can be semi-permanent although in some cases, a series of injections might be needed over time.
Platelet rich plasma injections or vampire lifts are another type of autologous wrinkle fillers. In these, blood is drawn from the arm, is treated and then injected into the face for skin recuperation and rejuvenation. The effect of these lasts from 12 to 18 months on an average.
Slight allergic reactions like redness in the injected area for a few days is a common side effect that happens once you have got the fillers. The major issue however is the risk of migration (the filler settling at areas other than the ones targeted) and lumping. However, all of these can be reduced substantially and it is something as simple as going for the most experienced doctor around.
Filler injections have a learning curve attached to them, the finesse comes in the doctor with practice and hence it is advisable that you do a thorough research of your dermatologist before finally selecting one.
Well, there is nothing big to do to minimise the risks, here are a few simple things which u need to take care of:
- Do not let the price be your guide, as mentioned before, it is your Doctor’s experience that matters
- Do not buy random fillers from anywhere. Always go for US-FDA approved ones. Also, have a word with your doctor to know and understand what you are being injected with.
- Avoid taking fillers outside of medical setting for example at spas or resorts or hotel camps. Injecting a filler is a responsibility and not something you can do in leisure anywhere.