Dermal fillers are substances designed to help rejuvenate the aging face with an aim of restoring and enhancing facial appearance. They are used to correct lines and wrinkles, like those found around the nose and mouth (aka: nasolabial and marionette lines). Fillers can also help enhance the shape and definition to areas such as the lips and jaw line and are also used to restore fullness (volume) to cheeks, temporal areas and under the eyes. At Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin, fillers are injected at varying depths into the skin and soft tissues and while the majority of fillers are used in the face, they can also help to rejuvenate other areas such as the hands and décolletage.
There are a number of different types of soft tissue fillers available today and the most widely used are known as hyaluronic acid or HA fillers. Hyaluronic acids are naturally occurring in the skin. When injected into the skin hyaluronic acid binds with water to give a full, plumped appearance. It also protects and hydrates the skin. As we get older age, the amount of hyaluronic acid decrease which can make the skin lax and less youthful. There are many manufacturers of HA dermal fillers available in Ireland today. Some contain lidocaine which is a local anaesthetic making the injections pain-free. There are different manufacturing processes for hyaluronic acid dermal fillers and as a result they have different indications. The longevity of various dermal fillers vary, some last as little as 3 months while others can last up to 18 months. One reason HA fillers have become so popular is that they are safe, predictable and reversible; if the results are not what you expect them to be. At Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin we are one of the authorised centres to remove unwanted hyaluronic dermal fillers by injecting a substance called hyaluronidase that will dissolve the filler to sugar and water.