Dermal fillers are synthetic hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a glycosaminoglycan, which is polysaccharide (essentially a very large sugar!). It is naturally occurring in connective tissue throughout our bodies, with 50% of it being found in our skin.
It is one of the major components of our extracellular matrix (the framework in which our skin cells sit) and it also has an important role in retaining moisture, as one molecule alone can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water. However, as we age, our body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid slows down leading to loss of volume and skin laxity and development of lines and folds.
Fillers are popular treatments used for softening wrinkles, laughter lines, facial lines and wrinkles caused naturally by ageing or sun exposure. Combined with a local anaesthetic, dermal fillers are injected into the skin to give your face a natural volume, leaving your skin completely hydrated and youthful.
Popular areas to add volume and fullness include the lips, cheeks and bridge of the nose. For smoothing and plumping lines and wrinkles, popular treatment areas include around the forehead, eyes, mouth, chin, neck, décolletage and hands.