Skin care: Wrinkle Lift With Dermal Fillers?
In a blink and miss appearance, actress Raveena Tandon endorsed a latest wrinkle smoothening treatment by Allergan, the makers of Botox and Juvéderm. The company boasts of their product being the latest edition to their hugely popular hyaluronic acid dermal filler series known for reducing wrinkles, fine lines and restoring facial volume within six months only.
The new formulation is aimed at enhancing the skin’s moisture retention capability by injecting hyaluronic acid (HA) into the skin. But what's the real deal behind Derma Fillers? We found out.
According to Livestrong, “Hyaluronic acid combined with retinaldehyde -- a form of vitamin A -- slows skin aging, according to a study published in the June 2011 issue of the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.”
Now as skin ages, hyaluronic acid diminishes, resulting in a loss of elasticity that leads to the formation of wrinkles. So your dermatologist uses these dermal fillers (containing hyaluronic acid) to replenish your skin and uplift your wrinkles.
So for a layman, what are dermal fillers?
Dermatologist Dr Jamuna Pai answers, “Dermal fillers are used for facial rejuvenation treatments. They are injected into the skin. The procedure is scar less and brief and is designed to effectively reduce the appearance of unwanted wrinkles, add volume, and to replenish the skin. Dermal fillers are based on Hyaluronic acid (HA) which is a substance that naturally exists in your body.
So how do we decide who needs how much of a hyaluronic acid or a filler?
“The suitability of particular dermal filler to a particular area is defined, among other things, by the depth at which it is injected. While a few fillers are suited for injection to mid and deeper parts of the skin, the new product is for superficial dermis injections. It is particularly good in treating the dark lines and circles around eyes as well as the smile lines around the mouth", points Dr Pai.
How long will dermal filler last? Is it forever?
Nothing is forever here; you will have to touch up the treatment after every six months. Bindu Sthalekar of Hurkisondas Hospital & Skin Solutions Clinic had smart way to put it, “you go for your facials and clean up once a month, here you have to go after six months.” But what about the hefty price that you pay each session?
What are risks with dermal fillers?
“The reactions include redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising or tenderness at the injection site, but these go away in a day or two”, answers Dr Swati Srivastava of VLCC.
But we all have seen Koena Mitra and Rakhi Sawant and Priyanka’s filler jobs that protrude out of the screen. How often have you seen a botoxed beauty laugh her full mouth? What about filler/ botox jobs going wrong? “You may be surprised but every beautiful face that you have seen on the screen has done one or the other facial correction treatment. It can be fuller lips, the cheek, reduced lines, reduce wrinkles, defining the contours of your face, such as chin or cheek. Can you guess the job on all of them? No! Because that is done through experts, professional physicians! So if you are getting filler done, go to a professional cosmetologist only. Don’t think about less money here”, points dermatologist Dr Rashmi Shetty.
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