With age the thickness of our skin on the face and the tissues beneath it become thinner. Replacing this volume with fillers is a very effective rejuvenation technique. We use the safest dermal fillers available and these are mostly complex carbohydrate molecules that plump the skin.
These natural molecules exist normally within the skin and have become the dermal filler of choice for dermatologists and plastic surgeons world-wide. They are fully degradable complex carbohydrate molecules which have been used nationally and internationally for several years now with an outstanding safety record. Common areas to fill are the lips, cheeks, and lower face in general.
Injectable wrinkle fillers can give you a more youthful look for a fraction of what a traditional facelift costs. Most will fill lines and wrinkles in less than 30 minutes with results that can last from 4 months to more than a year.
Injectable wrinkle fillers, unlike Botox injections that relax the muscle under a wrinkle, fill the line, crease, or area with one of several different substances. As a result, trouble spots nearly disappear.
Wrinkle fillers can also be used as “volumizers,” plumping and lifting cheeks, jawlines, and temples; filling out thin lips, and plumping sagging hands.
What Causes Wrinkles?
Wrinkles mainly happen on the parts of the body that get the most sun exposure, including the face, neck, the backs of the hands, and the tops of the forearms.
Factors that promote wrinkling include:
- Skin type (people with light-colored skin and blue eyes are more susceptible to sun damage)
- Heredity (some families wrinkle more)
- Sun exposure
Though you can’t control all of those factors, you can do something about two of them: Minimize your sun exposure and don’t smoke.
What areas respond the best to treatment?
Lip enhancement is the most popular application of fillers. In addition lines on the upper and lower lip smooth and fill nicely with this product. Deeper wrinkles and folds in the cheek areas (nasolabial, melolabial and lines at the corners of the mouth) are the next most popular site for filler use. Other areas treated include the cheeks, under the eyes, jawline and acne scars. These fillers can also be use as a non-surgical rhinoplasty (‘nose job’) in certain suitable patients.
What do treatments involve?
The treatment is performed by injecting the clear gel under your skin. The procedure can usually be done in less than one hour. Many patients like the added comfort provided with an anesthetic cream, while others prefer an anesthetic block. This makes the treatment relatively painless.
How long does it last?
Depending on the area treated, most folds and wrinkles require maintenance or repeat treatment. The product lasts in the skin for 6 to 12 months before being naturally dissolved.
How will I look after my treatment?
Following your injections, normal activities can be resumed immediately. Discomfort is minimal although there is often some tenderness in the injected area for 2 or more days. The treatment site will usually have some swelling, although this often is not noticed by others. Lips are more prone to this transient swelling than other areas.