Are temple fillers dangerous?
Temple fillers, West Malling, Maidstone, Kent
It’ll come as no surprise to you to hear that things start to slide downwards as we age. What was once plump and taut can suddenly sag a bit, and in the case of the face, things may also begin to appear a little flat or hollow. And the temples are no exception. Losing volume in this area can age you significantly. A youthful face has a lot of fullness, and when this starts to decrease with age, it leads to the formation of lines, wrinkles, and skin sagging. So, what role do the temples play in the ageing process, and how can we safely and effectively restore volume in this area?
What is temple filler?
Fillers in the temples are designed to restore lost volume in the temples and lift the face – like a mini facelift. They drive moisture and volume back into the temporal area in a subtle yet impactful way. If you’re in your forties or fifties and you pull the hair away from your face, you may see dips in the temple regions and may benefit from filling the area. This treatment aims not to make the area look full but to smooth the dip.
Why do temples matter?
Your temples give your upper face a smooth and contoured appearance. Temples are the small flat areas that sit at the edge of your eyebrows, running up to the tip of your ears and back to your hairline. They help define and shape a youthful face when they are plump and full.
Full temples help cushion the face from the bone, helping the face shape softly sweep downwards into a thinner jaw. This creates the highly sought-after ‘heart-shaped face’ in women and a solidly defined upper face in men. Full temples are, therefore, key when it comes to maintaining a strong and balanced facial appearance. Furthermore, when you restore this volume, you can create a lift in the upper and middle part of the face, causing a reduction in the appearance of nasolabial folds and jowls.
Why does this area lose volume?
Temple hollowing is part of the natural ageing process, often caused by the natural breakdown of bony structures and fat tissue. As we age, we lose collagen at around 1% per year. Since collagen is essential for keeping our skin plump and firm, this loss, combined with bone and fat loss, can lead to the skin losing its scaffolding, causing sagging and hollowness in the face. When this happens in the temples, a concave or ‘sunken’ depression can form, giving the face a gaunt and aged appearance.
Is temple filler safe?
Temple filler is a very safe procedure and, in fact, safer than some other areas of the face. But there is no such thing as eliminating all risk, which is true for any medical procedure. But any risks are significantly reduced by choosing to have treatment with an experienced and highly skilled medically qualified injector. Ensure the practitioner you see has the correct credentials to perform this type of treatment but can also recognise and manage complications.
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Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.