Injectable Dermal Fillers
In youth, an abundance of two important substances, collagen and hyaluronic acid keep your skin looking smooth and toned. Collagen and elastin fibers provide your skin with structural support while fat cells and hyaluronic acid help to create volume beneath facial skin. With time, sunlight, aging and other factors diminish collagen and hyaluronic acid. The skin loses structure and volume, and unwelcome lines and wrinkles appear.
Hyaluronic acid-based derma fillers are a simple and quick way to refresh your appearance by restoring lost volume and filling in wrinkles and folds. Derma fillers are used to smooth the lines and creases on your face, and “fill” areas of tissue loss that often occurs with aging. They can also fill deep scars to improve the contour of your face and even fill out your cheeks.
How do dermal fillers work?
All products are based on a hyaluronic acid gel that is injected into the skin in order to lift up wrinkles or add volume to the lips.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a natural sugar found in all living cells. It helps maintain skin volume by attracting and binding over 1,000 times its weight in water. In fact, it can even stimulate collagen production. Think of hyaluronic acid as our skin’s own natural and internal moisturizer.
However, aging, diseases, and other stresses weaken the amount and quality of hyaluronic acid. Injectable hyaluronic acid is a modified form of the hyaluronic acid that occurs naturally in your body. Injection of new hyaluronic acid into the skin replaces the body’s lost hyaluronic acid and creates the volume needed to smooth away facial lines, acne scars, or other skin contour deficiencies for up to 12 months.
What areas can be treated?
Common areas are the glabellar lines (between the eyebrows), the nasolabial folds (lines from the wing of the nose to the angle of the mouth), oral commissures (lines that go down from the corners of the mouth), perioral lines (the vertical lines above the lip), and the wrinkles around the lips and around the eyes.
What is the treatment like?
Just think, in less than an hour, you can say goodbye to unwanted lines and wrinkles like the smile lines that appear between your nose and mouth, or the marionette lines that turn down the corners of your mouth. The treatment is easy and quick taking between 15 and 30 minutes with instant results.
Is it painful?
This is very individual and depends on how sensitive to pain you are. The injections may prick a little but normally no anesthesia is needed for the treatment. Lip treatment can be quite uncomfortable and therefore a freezing such as Lidocaine (dental freezing) may be injected prior to the treatment.
Recuperation & Healing
There may be bruising and some swelling for a few days following treatment.
How long does the effect last?
Since dermal fillers contain the same substances as your skin, they also undergo the same breakdown process (such as aging), eventually disappearing from the body. The effect of the treatment depends on many factors, such as the structure of the skin, lifestyle and age. Most patients have touch-up treatments done within 6-12 months of the original treatment. If you choose not to do touch-up treatments, the correction will gradually disappear until your skin is back to its original state.