Dermal Fillers

The Ultimate Guide to Dermal Fillers

Rejuvenate your face with Dermal fillers - the quick (and relatively inexpensive, compared to cosmetic surgery) way to soften lines and add youthful volume.

Most of us are always looking for ways to make ourselves look younger – for some of us the reflection of ourselves in the mirror just doesn’t seem to match up with the way we’re actually feeling (unless we’ve had one or two vinos too many the night before!)

Even going on holiday and getting a bit of sun on our faces (but not too much!) and color in our cheeks isn’t enough to mask the signs of our advancing years. Some of us may not want cosmetic surgery – or at least not yet – but we wouldn’t mind a little bit of something to add to our skincare arsenal in addition to the face creams and facials we already use.

This is where dermal fillers may be the ideal solution. They are mostly temporary, quick to administer with very little downtime and relatively inexpensive – especially abroad where you will more than likely save quite a bit. They are a perfect pick-me-up if you’re on holiday and want to return home looking even more fresh-faced and relaxed – and the beauty of it is that most people will think you look so good because of your holiday.

Who are dermal fillers suitable for?

Dermal fillers are suitable for everyone, but some of the synthetic ones may not be suitable for everyone as they may cause allergic reactions. There are a number of different brands of dermal filler available now, with new ones appearing all the time, and they do not all target the same type of problem. Make sure you get the right tool for the job!

How do dermal fillers work?

Dermal fillers help to replace fat and collagen loss in our skin, which happens to us all as we age. This loss in volume causes are skin to sag, and to form lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers can help to:

  • Improve lines and wrinkles
  • Improve scars
  • Enhance contours
  • Plump thin lips

What are the different types of dermal fillers?

Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers

The main ingredient in these (hyaluronic acid) is found naturally in our own skin. It can hold more than 1000 times its own weight in water and is very good for hydrating the skin, giving it a youthful glow. HA fillers produce subtle, temporary results that gradually fade after around 6 months. Well-known brands include Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane.

Synthetic Dermal Fillers

The ingredients in these are not found naturally in the skin, but they do offer longer-lasting results. Some of them are permanent and you should consider all the pros and cons of using them. Brands include Sculptra, Bellafill and Radiesse.

What can I expect to happen during a procedure for dermal fillers?

A local anesthetic will be given in the area(s) where the treatment is to be administered. The filler is drawn into a syringe and injected directly beneath the skin. It takes just moments to do each injection. Afterwards, apart from a little redness and possibly some localized tenderness and swelling, you should be able to carry on immediately with your planned activities. Apart from keeping out of the sun for a couple of days, you’ll be good to go. The results should start to become apparent after a few days.

How much can I save on dermal fillers abroad?

In most cases you should be able to save around a third on the prices you’d pay at home. For example, in Mexico dermal fillers cost $400 per syringe, compared to $625 in the United States.