When considering dermal fillers, we might be forgiven for thinking that they only make the lips look larger or more shapely. The truth is that dermal fillers have so many uses for anti-ageing and facial augmentation, it’s difficult to list them all! Dr Anita Dhunna is one of the UK’s leading dermal filler specialists and utilises them every day, to produce results which you may think can only be achieved by a plastic surgeon!
To understand how dermal fillers have become the mainstay of many a cosmetic doctor’s armoury of treatments, it’s useful to know what exactly they consist of. Dermal fillers are comprised of a substance called hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally-occurring sugar which is found in many parts of the body and is responsible for hydration and cushioning. When HA starts to deplete (from around the age of 30), we can start to notice changes in our skin and facial contours. Hydration is lost, the skin starts to sag and laxity reduces, leading to sunken cheeks, jowls and a compromised jawline. Dermal fillers act by not only physically augmenting the facial contours, but the replacement of this lost HA, helps to plump and hydrate the skin. Using viscous dermal fillers in areas such as the cheeks, chin and jawline can help to re-shape areas of laxity, build stronger contours and lift sagging skin.
Dermal fillers not only help to rejuvenate ageing skin and facial contours, but they can also act to re-shape areas such as the nose. If you have a misshapen nose, a nose with a bump, a hooked nose or a nose with a down-turned tip, Dr Anita Dhunna can help to re-shape and contour it, with dermal fillers. No longer is invasive surgery the only option for nasal re-shaping. The ‘lunchtime’ or ‘liquid’ nose job is hugely popular with patients who simply don’t want to go under the knife or experience that lengthy downtime that comes with facial surgery. The procedure can last as little as 20 minutes and you can go back to your daily activities immediately (adhering to any aftercare advice, of course).
HA dermal fillers are temporary, which gives them even more appeal! If you think about it, your face is changing all the time, so why would you want something to last forever?, when your facial contours and skin quality won’t be the same in five or ten years, as they are now. The beauty of dermal fillers (when used by a medical professional and artist such as Dr Anita Dhunna) is that over time, treatments can be altered and ‘tweaked’ to suit your desires for results and correct your ever-changing facial contours and skin quality. Though dermal fillers can act to slow down the ageing process by giving the skin a boost of hydration and physically lifting the skin, the fact that they do not stay in the body forever means that your face can always look fresh, youthful and hydrated, with each treatment.
For those patients who seek very minor correction and skin beautification, dermal fillers which are more fluid in their composition can be used in areas such as under eye bags or for minor lines and wrinkles. They will still offer hydration to the skin, but won’t physically augment the skin tissues like some of the more viscous fillers. Perfect for light treatments and subtle enhancements for younger patients or those who are exploring dermal fillers for the first time.
Dermal fillers do augment, re-shape and hydrate the lips, for sure and their popularity with TV celebrities and famous stars for this purpose has highlighted their efficacy in this area. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Dermal fillers can make you look and feel younger, prettier or more handsome in so many ways. From a ‘whisper’ enhancement, to a more robust change in appearance, dermal fillers are here to stay and a firm favourite with Dr Anita Dhunna, as they can work miracles for her patients, without them going under the knife.