Ageing spares none. The face, being constantly exposed to environmental insults, bears the maximum brunt of ageing. Being densely packed with 43 different muscles involved in complex movements, the facial skin is very prone to pucker and disintegrate with time. The resultant inevitable wrinkles, “crow’s feet” “smile-lines” “nasalabial folds” – rob the face of its smoothness, vitality & vigour. Furrows on the face are no more considered esteemed markers of accumulated wisdom.
On the armamentarium lie various surgical and non- contrary, today’s “looks-conscious” realistic generation more aptly considers them dreaded signs of unalterable ageing. Even the thought of these creases and ridges creeping onto the face can send shivers down the spine of the youth. But who can defy nature? Today, one need not sigh and resign oneself to the inexorable ways of fate. Aesthetic sciences can now dare to defy these so-called irrevocable changes of ageing. In its surgical techniques.
The latter is exemplified by fillers which have proven to be effective arrows in the arsenal of cosmetologists to mitigate facial wrinkles and creases. These dermal fillers have also been called “liquid face-lifts” because they offer many of the benefits of a surgical face lift without the downtime and the pain. Dermal fillers are medical device implants which use inert materials to smoothen facial wrinkles or pitted scars and augmention lips.
Dermal fillers are most commonly made of hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring biodegradable complex sugar found in the human body and mammals. It hydrates the skin and adds volume, contributing to the rejuvenated overall appearance. The ability of cells to produce HA diminishes with age, resulting in wrinkles and folds. Such fillers have been in use in India for more than a decade.
Unlike the quality check and approval system being followed in US (FDA) & Europe (CE), India has no such stringent control policy, which paves the way for introduction of cheaper, substandard materials from China, Korea, Syria and Ukraine etc. One should be wary of such products which have an unknown safety and approval status. US FDA cautions that wrinkle fillers are medical procedures and not a cosmetic treatment and should be performed by a trained plastic surgeon or dermatologist only.
Therefore one should not be lured by flashy advertisements and should check on the credentials of the doctor as well as the product before initiating this otherwise highly satisfactory procedure. Some dermal filler available in the market have local anaesthetic lidocaine premixed with it, hence the process is almost pain free. Side effects are rare but may include bruising, redness, swelling, rash which are usually temporary.
Another fast emerging indication of fillers is to increase the volume of lips. Lips, as per a study by Manchester University, represent one of the most sensual aspects of a woman’s body. But not everyone is blessed with a pair of soft, luscious lips. So instead of fretting and cursing one’s luck, one can now choose a quick-fix solution for thin and unshapely lips. The desire for fuller lips can be satiated in a fizzy with the help of fillers, enabling one to get a smoking hot pout in 15 mins. To conclude, if you would like to restore youthful fullness to your face, enjoy plump lips, enhance shallow contours or soften those facial creases, dermal fillers are the answer, especially if you want to avoid the scalpel.
These innoucuous innovations can miraculously wipe off years from your face within a few minutes. The resultant glow is not only superficial but also ekindles the flame of lost youth leading to a radiant skin, glittering personality & blazing self confidence from within.