Did you know that many visible signs of aging can be traced back to volume loss? As facial tissues thin out, lines become etched around the nose and mouth and cheeks look a little hollow. Dermal fillers can replace lost volume to help smooth wrinkles, plump the lips, and restore a more youthful appearance. Learn all about injectable filler treatments below.
Dermal fillers have a number of applications:
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What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines and soften creases, or enhance facial contours. More than 1 million men and women annually have choose this popular facial rejuvenation treatment, which can be a cost-effective way to look younger without surgery or downtime.
What are Fillers Made From?
At Advanced Cosmetic Medicine we only use fillers made from Hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that is already found in your skin. It helps keep skin plump and hydrated. HA fillers are typically soft and gel-like. The results are temporary, lasting 6 to 12 months or longer before the body gradually and naturally absorbs the particles. Most HA fillers are infused with lidocaine to help minimize discomfort during and after treatment.
Restoring Our Natural Volume
Dermal fillers are injectable gels that restore volume to areas of the face. Many contain a substance that replicates the actions of a naturally occurring sugar molecule, attracting and holding water to assist with skin hydration. The products can be placed below the skin’s surface to provide more youthful contours and smoother skin.
Fillers can ‘plump up’ small areas such as the lips and brows and ‘re-volumise’ larger areas like the cheeks and jawline. Sometimes they’re used in conjunction with anti-wrinkle injections, which relax facial muscles, or with other treatments that restore skin tone, to rejuvenate the whole face.
What to Expect During Treatment?
Dermal filler injections are non-surgical and typically completed during an office visit. Your initial treatment will begin with a consultation, during which you will meet with your cosmetic surgeon to discuss your concerns and goals.
During your consultation, your cosmetic surgeon will evaluate your area of concern and review your medical history. While the risks associated with dermal fillers are minimal, you need to fully disclose your medical history prior to treatment, as certain allergies, skin and neurological conditions, or medications can jeopardize your safety or results. For instance, you need to tell your cosmetic surgeon if you have been taking NSAIDs (e.g., aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen) or blood thinners, as these increase the likelihood of bruising.
Your injectable filler treatment
Just before the actual treatment, the area will be cleaned, and you may be given a topical anesthetic to numb the area prior to injection. Many filler products also contain lidocaine, a mild anesthetic, which is intended to help minimize discomfort during and after your treatment. Your provider will then inject a precise amount of filler strategically beneath the skin.
Depending on the product and the areas treated, you should be able to notice results immediately after receiving filler injections. Some patients experience mild bruising and swelling, but these are temporary and should subside over the days following treatment. You will be able to go back to your normal activities right after treatment, but your cosmetic surgeon may ask you to take the day off from exercise or other strenuous activity.
How Long do the Results Last?
How long the effects of dermal fillers will last depends on the product, the area of treatment, and the patient. Generally speaking, the denser the product is and the more deeply it is injected, the longer it will last, although this is not a hard and fast rule. To maintain your results, your cosmetic surgeon will simply repeat treatment, adjusting the amount and techniques as necessary to ensure optimal results.
Hyaluronic acid fillers tend to be the most temporary option, and therefore are often recommended for first-time filler patients. These will typically last from 6 to 18 months. Injections to the lips will wear out a little faster than those to the nasolabial folds. Certain HA fillers are formulated to last longer, but are usually limited to certain areas, such as the cheeks.
Different Dermal Fillers for Different Facial Parts
Dermal fillers come in a range of different consistencies, from very light and soft for delicate and mobile areas like the lips, to denser types that are used in deeper folds, and other weights in between. The area, depth of placement and desired lifting and smoothing properties of the gels will help guide a physician’s choice of filler.
Achieving a Natural Looking Result
Dermal fillers provide a smooth, natural look and feel, so everyone will notice – but no one will know!
It’s possible to achieve subtle, natural-looking results, and still look distinctly ‘like you’, by employing the full range of options that modern dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections offer.
Combining both anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers can deliver an overall face rejuvenation. These two types of products can work together to create a balanced, refreshed effect.
Dermal fillers come in a range of different consistencies, from very light and soft for delicate and mobile areas like the lips, to denser types that are used in deeper folds, and other weights in between. In the hands of a skilled practitioner, a full range allows a subtle artistry to come into play. They can ‘plump up’ small areas such as the lips and brows, and ‘re-volumise’ large areas like the cheeks and jawline.
Instant Results with Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers produce instant results – a typical first procedure takes between 15 and 30 minutes – and you should be able to return to your daily activities right away.
Dermal fillers are usually well tolerated and durable, lasting from 9 to 24 months, depending on the product used.
Some dermal fillers also contain an anaesthetic, which can reduce discomfort during injection.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the After Care for Dermal Fillers?
First 24 hours Avoid excessive alcohol, and aerobic exercise after the procedure. If you get any bruising, apply ice and arnica cream, and only use mineral based makeup. Depending on bruising, take arnica tablets for 1 to 5 days afterwards. Gently massage the treated areas at home over a clean cloth. If you are prone to cold sores and you have been treated in that area, ask your GP to prescribe zovirax tablets to be taken just before the treatment, and for a few days after.
24-48 hours Do not apply any cosmetics to the treated area for the first 48 hours. Especially avoid moisturisers or products that contain AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids/Glycolics), BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acids) or Retinoids.
Avoid taking Aspirin/Disprin, anti-inflammatory and pharmaceutical blood thinners.
Avoid sunbeds and saunas, and excessive sweating and sun exposure.
Gently massage the treated areas with clean fingers smoothing away any remaining Dermal Filler llumps from the procedure.
First 14 days Avoid having facials, waxing, Gycolic or AHA peels, liquid Nitrogen or Laser treatments on the treatment area for the next 14 days. Laser resurfacing should only be be done after the dermal filler has disappeared from the skin.
After 14 days Continue to apply Results Active Protect SPF 30+ sunscreen every day to avoid further sun damage and aging of your skin from the Australian sun.
We recommend you to return to Results Laser Clinic within two to four weeks after treatment, so we can assess your satisfaction with the outcome.
When will I see the Results?
Results are often immediate. Your skin will feel smooth and pure, and will appear more youthful and toned. The following day, you will notice a significant difference when applying your makeup, and your skin will forever be wanting more!
Are There Any After Effects?
Immediately after your Cosmetic Dermal Filler treatment you may experience some redness and swelling to the treated areas from the anaesthetic and reaction to the injection. This will subside quickly and will usually disappear completely in less than 7 days.
Is the Treatment Painful?
Treatments are suitable for all skin types and skin colours, and the procedure feels gentle and rejuvenating. There is no clinical pain in a Cosmetic Dermal Filler treatment, with most people describing the sensation as a mild discomfort. A small amount of anaesthetic cream can be applied to the skin prior to treatment for a more comfortable treatment procedure.
How Long Will the Treatment Take?
Usually a treatment will take between 10 to 30 minutes, with no down time. Treated areas may appear a little red and swollen immediately after treatment for up to 24 hours, however, there is little fuss and preparation required for a Cosmetic Dermal Filler treatment, and many clients return to work soon after treatment.
Why do I Have Wrinkles?
Wrinkles emerge because the major structural protein of the skin (collagen), volume generating hyaluronic acid and elastin decrease as we get older. When we age, our skin cells divide at a slower rate and the inner skin deteriorates, moisture retention diminishes, oil-secreting glands collapse and skin becomes dry and scaly. The best way to prevent wrinkles is to avoid prolonged periods of sun exposure, moisturise regularly and have a healthy lifestyle through high fibre diet and exercise.
- Scaring, Lesions & Blemishes
- Skin Laxity (Loose Skin)
- Wrinkles & Aging Skin
- contour your jaw line
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