Dermal fillers have been around for more than several decades now, being used to improve the overall appearance of the lips and lower facial contours. But, it’s also a little-known fact that these fillers can also be effectively used elsewhere on the face to reduce the appearance of ageing.
The (upper) temple region of the face is frequently overlooked as an area which can experience a surprising loss of volume as we get older. This can have a visible impact on the overall balance and look of facial features as the years progress. As a result, this can sometimes make us look much older than we actually are. The ability of a skilled aesthetic professional to add volume to this area (the temple hollows in particular) by utilising these dermal fillers, can immediately give a fuller and rejuvenated appearance.
The temple area can be thought of as the edge of your brows running upwards and back to the hairline. In the younger years, this generally balanced by a heart shaped composition of the face with the bottom of the heart tapering inwards towards the jaw area. However due to the ageing process, we can lose bone density in the face; cheeks, eyes and temples causing fat deposits to lose their support. Along with the loss of these fatty deposits, Collagen in the skin can also fade causing it to lose its tight and firm regimen. This can promote a more tired appearance because of the visibility of this sagging skin around the hollow facial areas.
The application of such types of filler treatment beneath the cheeks can give the face a restored and youthful look without resorting to the more invasive surgical methods. The use of these fillers can recreate volume and a more youthful result when coupled with anti-wrinkle injections and laser treatments to promote Collagen production around the more delicate eye areas. These treatments when combined can create a stretching and lifting motion which will give a more enhanced result.
The aesthetic professional will assess the facial structure and temple areas in order to define the amount of volume needed to correct any hollowness. The area for treatment will then be cleaned with an Antiseptic solution and numbed before the dermal filler (containing an additional local anaesthetic) is placed deeply below the skin using a needle or blunt cannula. The filler material is normally applied using one or two injections per side or temple hollow and the area is then massaged to help spread the fillers to the desired area whilst smoothing out any imperfections during the treatment.
There are several types of filler options available, depending on the region of the face being treated and you will be advised on the most appropriate one for your application during the initial pre-procedure consultation.
As this is a non-invasive treatment, recovery time is usually minimal. Some patients have reported a sensation of mild discomfort or aching of the face or jawline, but this can be managed using ice packs to numb the area or Paracetamol (but not Aspirin or Ibuprofen). Any swelling or bruising will subside over a couple of days and an extra pillow for comfort will always help short term to reduce any direct pressure on the treated areas.
Repeat treatments may be necessary after the swelling or bruising subsides, to help ‘fine tune’ the final result. Your aesthetic professional will advise you of this upon any follow up consultations or reviews. The dermal filler can be expected to last approximately 6-12 months before any further maintenance or top ups are required.