Dermal filler is a gel composed of a naturally occurring sugar known as Hyaluronic Acid (HA). HA is found throughout the body in tissues such as skin, cartilage and bone. When we are young, the body produces an abundance of HA and this makes our skin plump, firm and vibrant. As we age, our body produces less HA. A reduction in HA makes our skin less hydrated, increasing lines and wrinkles. There are many approved dermal fillers available in New Zealand. These products include Juvederm, Restylane, Emervel, and Belotero. They are all made of the same ingredient, HA, however each type of filler has different amounts of HA and is manufactured using different processes which significantly affects the properties of each product.
Having a thorough understanding of the properties of the individual fillers is essential in order to select the ideal product for any given area of the face of each particular individual. Careful consideration is given to the individual anatomy and the severity of the concern in order to carefully choose the best product and injection technique. For this reason, all dermal filler appointments should start with a consultation. Some of the areas commonly treated with dermal filler include lips, cheeks, tear trough, scars, jawline, nose, and hands. These are very safe products when skilfully injected and the results are immediate.