Some answers to common questions for those who are new to cosmetic solutions.
A dermal filler is a substance that is injected into the skin layers to provide volume and definition while filling in and softening wrinkles. It can also be used to add volume and softness to the lips. Dermal fillers are often made with a hyaluronic acid solution.
Young skin is smooth and elastic because it contains a lot of hyaluronic acid. As we age, the amount of hyaluronic acid in the skin gradually diminishes. As a result, the skin becomes dryer, thinner and more wrinkled. We use fillers that are a long-lasting- but not permanent- synthetic form of hyaluronic acid. When fillers are injected under the surface of the skin, the gel mimics the naturally occurring substance by adding volume to the skin and smoothes out lines on the face.
Different products are used for specific areas of the face. For instance, the product which will best be used to fill vertical lip lines where lipstick can “run” is different from the one that is used to flatten the folds which occur by the side of the nose and mouth. Other products are most appropriate for filling out the cheekbones or improving the contours of the lips. The choice for which product to use is based on individual treatment area needs, patient preference and injector’s plan of care, to find out what treatment options are available to you, book a consultation with on of our expert staff medical staff.
Hyaluronic acid can be used to both correct moderate wrinkles and fine lines. It is particularly effective in treating the cheeks, mid-face, jowls, temples, jawlines, tear troughs and also other fine lines. Fillers can also be used to enhance the shape, texture, and fullness of the lips.
Dermal filler injection treatments generally take about 30 minutes, are relatively painless, and don’t require any downtime. The effects of dermal filler injections have been known to last from 9-18 months, depending upon the area being treated.
Some of the most common side effects of HA fillers, that typically last for less than a week, include swelling, redness, mild discomfort and tenderness at the site of treatment. We also recommend not having filler injections within 14 days of an important event (including air travel) as patients are more likely to experience bruising and swelling with this procedure.
In rare circumstances, a blood vessel may have inadvertently been injected which could cause damage to the tissue or even tissue breakdown if left untreated. Our staff are able to address this extremely rare complication should it occur.
Dermal fillers are best suited to patients seeking to soften moderate wrinkles and fine lines. If you have deep lines or severe wrinkles you would like to soften, we can suggest other products that might be more effective for meeting your cosmetic goals. During your consultation, your health care practitioner (HCP) will discuss your aesthetic goals and medical history, and take these into consideration when deciding what course of treatment is right for you.