Dermal fillers and Botox are the most popular cosmetic procedures in the UK and Ireland with an estimated 1.5 million treatments performed last year. When used skillfully by your doctor, they can make a real difference to your appearance, however they are still many myths surrounding their effectiveness. Do they reverse the aging process? Can they be used as a preventative measure? In this article we will try to dispel some of the myths and give you the facts.
Dermal fillers do not reverse ageing. However, they could be a safe and effective method of reversing the visible signs of ageing, such as light to moderate lines, and wrinkles. Dermal filler and Botox injections can also have some preventative, anti-ageing effects. e.g. by ensuring that existing light lines and wrinkles don’t become deeper.
Hyaluronic acid, is found in in fillers such as Restylane and Juvéderm, and has proven long-term, anti-ageing benefits. A study from the University of Michigan showed that the injection of non-animal-derived, stabilized hyaluronic acid also stimulated collagen production. Why is that important?
Collagen is the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues.
As we age, the production of collagen decreases and changes in structure. Coupled with a reduction in muscle mass and a reduction in skin thickness and you get a perfect environment for wrinkles to develop.
Hyaluronic Acid, the main ingredient in dermal fillers helps reverse the visible signs of ageing
It is commonly assumed that dermal fillers achieve their effects by just filling space in the skin. With a through examination of skin samples under an electron microscope, researchers confirmed that with stabilized hyaluronic acid, this appeared to be the case, but it is not its only benefit.
Hyaluronic acid plays a critical role in skin health with its unique ability to hold in moisture (1000 ml of water per gram of hyaluronic acid).
Hyaluronic acid is also a “smart nutrient” as it can adjust its moisture absorption rate based on the humidity—relative to the season and the climate.
As we age, skin moisture can drop significantly, which makes the skin lose elasticity and expose the signs of ageing on the skin. Hyaluronic acid injections help ageing skin retain its moisture and youthful appearance.
They also induce collagen production through several potential mechanisms, including the mechanical stretching of fibroblasts (cells that secrete collagen proteins), stimulation of growth factors and inhibition of collagen breakdown.
The injection is quick and virtually painless (it contains a numbing agent – lidocaine).Read more about the treatments we offer on our main anti-aging page.
So if you would like to reduce the visible signs of ageing, and stimulate collagen production for a more youthful looking skin, call 041 983 8740 to book your consultation. You will be amazed at the results.