Der­mal needling/fillers

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BEAUTY -

$6 bil­lion was spent glob­ally on Bo­tox and fillers in 2014.

Our skin is a won­der­ful bar­rier for keep­ing things out of our bod­ies, so if we want ac­tive in­gre­di­ents to pen­e­trate into our skin, that is when pro­ce­dures such as der­mal needling come into play. By ‘punc­tur­ing’ the skin with tiny nee­dles, we are pro­vid­ing chan­nels for the prod­ucts to get into.

“Der­mal needling uses a de­vice that has about 20 tiny nee­dles that vi­brate and move over the area be­ing treated. It punc­tures the skin and al­lows the prod­uct to get un­der the skin – it feels a bit like scratch­ing,” says Dr Joanna Ro­manowska, who gives her pa­tients an anaes­thetic to make the ex­pe­ri­ence more com­fort­able. This type of pro­ce­dure is very ef­fec­tive on PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) treat­ments (see op­po­site page).

Der­mal fillers are skin fillers. “They are like plump­ing up your pil­low,” says Dr Cather­ine Stone, who has no­ticed a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in how they are ad­min­is­tered. Pre­vi­ously, col­la­gen der­mal fillers were used, but the prob­lem with them, she no­ticed, was they soon dis­ap­peared.

“Our bod­ies build up and break down col­la­gen very quickly, so der­mal fillers dis­ap­peared just as quickly as they went in.”

To­day, Hyaluron-based fillers are com­monly used. Hyaluronc acid is nat­u­rally found in our bod­ies; its job is to at­tract water and plump up the body, but we lose it as we get older.

“So our skin gets thin­ner and drier. If we put Hyaluronic acid back into our skin in its nat­u­ral form, it would be gone within a week. Hyaluron­based fillers are sta­bilised, so they can last four to six months, some as long as 12 months.”

Fillers can treat lines and wrin­kles, but avoid the crow’s feet, as the skin around that area is very fine and in­jec­tions near there can some­times be vis­i­ble. Fillers can be used through the chin, neck and cheeks and are good for restor­ing what is lost from the face as we get older. “We go through ‘bony’ changes in our face as we age,” says Cather­ine. “Our eye sock­ets be­come big­ger, we flat­ten through the cheeks and cheek­bones and we lose the support that is hold­ing us up. I liken our face to a tent – once the tent pole col­lapses, the fab­ric has to go some­where, and like our skin, it just goes down.” And that is where der­mal fillers come in to plump it back up.

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