Dermal fillers restore volume and are used to correct wrinkles and soft tissue loss due to aging. They are injected into the superficial layers of the skin and are most commonly used in the smile lines, lips and corners of the mouth. Advanced techniques involve the use of certain fillers around the eyes and cheek bones to restore a more youthful look.
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As we begin to age, our skin naturally loses collagen, elastin, and fatty tissue, resulting in the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, and lost volume. Hyaluronic acid fillers can be injected into the face to restore volume and minimize the appearance of facial lines. Common treatment areas include lips, nasolabial folds, cheeks, chin, etc. Properly placed filler will give you a more youthful and contoured appearance. Minimal swelling and bruising are typical after filler injections for up to seven days. The longevity of fillers depends on a variety of factors but can last, on average, anywhere from 6-18 months.
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Restylane, our most commonly used dermal filler, has an excellent safety profile. Restylane® is made of hyaluronic acid, a compound found naturally in the body, and is injected in the smile lines, under the eyes, and in the lips if desired. Results last 4 – 9 months depending on the site injected.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW LONG WILL MY DERMAL FILLER LAST?
Dermal fillers are long-lasting, but not permanent, as they will gradually break down and leave he body. How long you get from your filler depends on many factors-your skin type; your age, your lifestyle.
You’ll usually expect to need a top-up treatment after 6-12 months, depending on the areas treated; and once you’ve had filler done twice you’ll have a better idea of how your body responds and expected duration of the effects.
WHO CANNOT USE FILLER?
Dermal fillers should not be used in or near areas where there is or has been a skin disease, inflammation or skin- related problems.
Cosmetic Doctor does not recommend the use of fillers or anti-wrinkle injectables whilst you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
People with particular medical conditions or those undergoing immunosuppressive therapy may not be good candidates for any treatments or procedures that require a skin injection procedure, due to a risk of infection.
It’s important to reveal all your medical history to our medical staff on your initial pre-treatment consultation so she can make an informed decision about your treatment plan.
WILL I NEED PAIN MEDICATION?
Filler injection isn’t usually too uncomfortable unless you’re very sensitive; you can request use of an anesthetic cream which can be applied to the area before injection.
The lips are a quite sensitive, and Cosmetic Doctor can use dermal filler product containing the local anesthetic lidocaine to make the experience more comfortable for the patient.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS?
Filler-related reactions are very rare, especially when they are professionally used by a doctor. There are some reports of injection-related reactions that happen after any injection, like a bit of bruising or selling, which resolve on their own in a few days.