dermal fillers

Non-surgical injectable treatments have exploded in popularity in recent years. More women and men are turning to dermal fillers to target lines and wrinkles that appear as a result of facial ageing.

A recent study has found that as well as filling wrinkles and replacing volume, there is another benefit. Dermal fillers also restore a more youthful patten of facial movement and expression.

The study was published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania used 3D digital stereophotogrammetry to assess facial changes post treatment.

The study involved taking precise measurements of facial stretch and compression in 30 women, aged between 41 and 65. This was prior to them undergoing dermal filler treatment for moderate to severe nasolabial folds and marionette lines. These are the often deep folds that can appear between the nose to the corners of the mouth and between the mouth and the chin. Scans were taken before treatment and then repeated six weeks later.

These scans were compared to a control group of 20 younger women, aged between 25 and 35, who had not undergone any treatment. The scans showed that prior to treatment, the older group had significantly higher ‘stretch and strain profiles’.

Post-treatment, the older women had significant reductions in stretch and strain across the full range of facial expressions. This was similar to the younger control group. Dr Ivona Percec, who led the study said: “The strain reduction following filler treatment objectively conveys a dermal tightening effect.” So, as well as filling these folds, the dermal fillers restored a more youthful facial movement.

What can dermal fillers treat?

Dermal fillers are now used for a number of different aesthetic concerns. They can be used to fill the hollows that appear at your temples, and treat deep tear troughs under the eyes. They restore a more youthful appearance to the mid-face, as well as treat nasolabial folds and marionette lines.

Lip augmentation, either to produce fuller lips or restore volume and definition lost as a result of ageing, is incredibly popular. Non-surgical nose reshaping involves using dermal fillers to straighten out lumps or bumps in the nose without the need for any downtime.

Although temporary dermal fillers are minimally invasive, it is essential that you are seen by a qualified medical professional. They can still entail risks or a less than optimal outcome. For more information on dermal fillers, call us on 02920 256498 to arrange a consultation.