Can dermal fillers help minimise loss of elasticity?

Thursday, 3 October 2013

What are dermal fillers?


Burning beauty question:
I am 48 years old, in good health and I have a good skin care regime. However, recently I have noticed a severe loss of elasticity in my skin and would like to find out more about dermal fillers. Is there a downside to them, and what results can I expect to see? Botox is not an option for me.

Dr Maureen’s expert advice:
You are at an age where, typically, the skin starts to lose volume and begins to sag. We use dermal fillers to replace the volume that has been lost in the skin. Dermal fillers are made up of Hyaluronic acid, which is an ingredient that naturally occurs in your skin, so it is not in any way foreign to the skin at all.

A good filler will enhance your skin by putting back “shape” where you have lost it. Because we are not injecting anything foreign to the skin, you are very unlikely to have any bad reactions to the filler. Some fillers (not all) contain a numbing agent to make the injection process more comfortable for patients, and if there is anything you may react to it would be the numbing agent (should you choose to have this type of filler).

The worst that could happen is that you have some bruising from the injecting, which will resolve quite quickly and you may have a bit of swelling for a day or two afterwards. Botox, on the other hand, does not give you volume at all. Many people think that Botox does the same thing as a filler, but the two could not be more different. Botox simply treats lines and dynamic wrinkles in the skin, by stopping the skin’s ability to “frown.” So if it is volume you are needing, Botox would definitely not be an option for you. If you’d like some info on the different types of fillers to consider, have a look at my website,

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Dr Maureen Allem is a GP with a special interest in Aesthetic procedures and Integrative Anti-Ageing Medicine. She is also the founder and Medical Director of national group Skin, Body and Health Renewal and Oasis Spas, with 17 centres and four Oasis spas across South Africa's major cities in Johannesburg, Pretoria, the Western Cape and KZN. Anti-ageing treatments include non-surgical, anti-aging procedures, cellulite and weight loss programmes as well as body sculpting procedures. The ultimate aim of all consultations is to provide optimal health and to restore aesthetic beauty. Health Renewal appointments involves an hour long extensive medical consultation which includes hormonal balancing, nutraceutical supplements, intravenous support and detoxification treatments. Dr Maureen has seventeen Doctors working with her using the same techniques she has spent years honing. Dr Maureen frequently travels overseas to World Anti-Ageing Congresses and Laser Forums to stay abreast of the most up-to-date non-surgical procedures.

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  1. foreverGLAM

    This acid is awesome since its not foreign to the body. I’m still in my 20’s and will research further when I start to worry about my looks. Maybe my mom would be interested in this procedure. I will definitely let her know about it.

    6 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I have been seeing “hyaluronic acid” around in various blogs. I’m not dead-set against Botox but a filler seems to be more beneficial.

    6 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    Exactly the information I needed, thanks! (Will be looking for a little more “volume” soon)….

    6 years ago •

  1. TJK

    Ok, Im 28, but I have this frown line developing, and my logic is to stop it before it becomes permanent. Am I being totally ridiculous?

    6 years ago •

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