What is a Dermal Filler?


What exactly is a dermal filler? Read on to learn about the purpose of a dermal filler and the benefits that one can provide.

A dermal filler is used to counteract the process of fragmenting collagen. When collagen is fragmented it results in the loss of mechanical tension and a decrease in collagen production. Collagen is a protein that ensures the structural integrity of the skin.

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With a dermal filler, a gel is injected directly into the deep dermis where an immediate filling effect takes place. This is meant to correct the localized loss of volume of collagens. The microspheres within the gel act as a scaffold which support fibroblast activity which trigger collagen neogenesis. Over time, the newly produced collagen network strengthens the tissue connectivity in the network while the gel carrier begins to degrade.

At the same time, penetrating macrophages slow dissolve the microspheres while the gel regenerates the fibroblast collagen network while stimulating elastin production.

A dermal filler should result in the quality of skin improving because of the regaining of structural support and elasticity. If you are considering a dermal filler or have other questions, contact your doctor for further information.


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