DrFL Fillers – Overview
One of the earliest applications of dermal fillers was in the treatment of cancer patients who appeared hollow and gaunt, to help restore self image and confidence. These fillers tended to be permanent, and appeared somewhat artificial. As fillers became more extensively used for aesthetic applications, autologous fat came into fashion, as it was believed that using the body’s own fat as fillers was the most natural. However, as fat is “soft” and has no innate lifting capabilities, a large volume of fat is usually required to lift and rejuvenate the face, which may make the patient appear puffed-up, bloated, or like she has “done something to her face”.
Advancements in hyaluronic acid (HA) based dermal fillers have revolutionalised minimally-invasive facial lifting and sculpting. With strong instrinsic lifting capabilities, the ability to keep its shape under stretch or compression, and the ability to integrate with the body’s tissues and stimulate natural new collagen formation, these HA fillers go beyond simply replacing lost volume, to effectively and naturally lift and contour the face with relatively small injection volumes, helping the patient look younger, rejuvenated, and in fact appear slimmer, despite having volume added to the face.