As we age the skin loses its elasticity and drooping, sinking or sagging can occur. Zipp Health is there to get a handle on ageing and offers a range of treatments and products to assist in the fight against looking older. Have you noticed that there are lines around your mouth where you laugh and smile? Has your jawline got a little slack? Are your eyes looking a little tired and baggy? Dermal fillers are the answer to your woes!
Over the years, more and more people have turned to versatile dermal fillers to treat wrinkles, soften lines or fill lips, and portray a more natural and youthful look. However, today sees dermal fillers as way more than that – they are now driving the evolution in aesthetic medicine and being used to treat areas that were previously thought impossible to treat. Dermal fillers have been used, in some form, as early as the 1890s and have evolved in terms of the substances they use, treatment areas they target and their techniques for treatment.
First there was transplanted fat, which was used as a facial filler during the 1890s, followed by the use of paraffin a few decades later. Naturally, with serious safety concerns associated with latter, the use of highly refined injectable silicon became a popular filler during the 1940s. Again, the health complications that arose with the use of silicon resulted in it being banned around the mid 1970s and the search for safer and longer lasting dermal fillers continued in earnest. The last 25 years have seen significant advancements in the evolution of dermal fillers and the substances contained therein. Bovine collagen became the industry standard for decades until the development of human derived collagen fillers. In addition, non-animal hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers have become extremely popular in current times, mostly because they stimulate the body to produce its own collagen. HA fillers are a natural component of the skin and because the HA holds 1000 times its own weight in water, it helps to restore volume to the treated area.
Treatment areas that are targeted by dermal fillers have also evolved from the more traditional lip filling and wrinkle correction to more contemporary areas such as hand and neck rejuvenation, non-surgical nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) and tear trough correction. The heel or ball of the foot is also a relatively new treatment area where dermal fillers are injected to cushion the pressure from wearing high heels. Dermal fillers are also now used in volume restoration of the skin, cheek enhancement and augmentation and even to correct facial asymmetry.
But how does the dermal filler evolution compare with the ever-popular Botox treatment? Botox is a natural, purified protein that is used to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. Fillers, on the other hand, are used to fill lines and while these two are commonly used together, they work differently and are used on different lines. According to Dr Matthew Schulman, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York, lines of expression need Botox while lines at rest need dermal fillers. Fillers can last for nine to 12 months, while Botox typically wears off after approximately four months. So while Botox is best for frown lines, crow’s feet and ‘11s’ between the eyebrows, dermal fillers have a deeper filling power and are better for marionette (corners of the mouth) and laugh lines as well as sleep wrinkles.
Zipp Health is waiting for you to make your appointment or consultation to achieve the best results from your dermal fillers. The procedure is pretty non-invasive and can be performed in your lunch break with you returning to the office afterwards with a little redness and perhaps some bruising but nothing that cannot be concealed.
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