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Minimally invasive rejuvenation with dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are the answer for those who don’t wish to undergo surgery to reduce the unattractive signs of aging. As people age, vital components of the dermis are reduced, diminishing skin appearance. These components include collagen fibres, hyaluronic acid, and elastin. The skin therefore loses its elasticity and becomes sunken in places. Wrinkles, creases, and folds appear on the skin causing considerable distress to the aging individual.

Dermal fillers – the solution

Dermal fillers soften wrinkles, lines and facial folds. They replace the components lost by the skin and enhance facial contour. They offer less downtime.

Restore Lost Volume and Fullness

Dermal fillers return to the face whatever fullness and volume it has lost, creating a youthful look. Available in gel form, they are injected into the skin. They can improve conditions such as the following:

o Glabellar lines
o Nasolabial folds
o Marionette lines
o Wrinkles on the forehead

They can also be used to improve recessed scars or a weak chin, and to perform lip enhancement. Non-surgical rhinoplasty is also performed with dermal fillers.

More about Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are available under different brand names such as Juvederm, Hylaform, Radiesse, and Perlane. The surgeon would determine whether a single filler or different fillers used in combination, would be required to achieve the desired aesthetic effect. How long the filler lasts would depend on factors including skin structure, age and lifestyle. Generally, their durability ranges from 3 months to 3 years.

All of these treatment areas are non-surgical, but the results are not permanent. If you are looking for a permanent solution, there a range of surgical options including facelift, brow lift and blepharoplasty surgery.

Reactions and Complications

Reactions to dermal filler treatment include redness, swelling, bruising, discomfort and discolouration. The surgeon should be notified if these symptoms continue beyond a few days. Possible complications include bacterial infection, ulceration, and allergic reaction but these complications very rarely occur.

If you want to appear and feel youthful again, dermal filler treatment may the ideal solution for your aesthetic needs.

The dermal filler consultation

You will have an opportunity to discuss your ideas, concerns and expectations about dermal filler treatment.

Your surgeon will take a medical history and examine you. The procedure will be explained in detail and an opinion will be provided on the best treatment approach for you.

Is any preparation required?

No formal preparation is needed for dermal fillers, but you will have to stop any medications that prolong bleeding, including aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

You will also be required to quit smoking at least four weeks prior to the dermal filler injections in order to get the best possible outcome.

What happens during dermal filler treatment?

Your surgeon may use a topical anaesthetic like EMLA cream or an injectable anaesthetic to numb the areas of the face. The procedure involves injecting dermal filler under the epidermis using a very fine needle. Once the dermal filler injections are completed, the area is gently massaged for a few minutes. The procedure takes about thirty minutes to one hour.

After Treatment

One of the top benefits of facial filler injections is the minimal amount of downtime involved after your injections. For the first 24 hours, you should avoid any strenuous exercise or activity, excessive sun and exposure to heat. You should also avoid consuming alcoholic beverages during the first 24-hour period. This helps minimise any injection related reactions, including redness, pain, itching and swelling. Most patients experience no reactions or have only mild discomfort, which clears up in 7 days or less. Placing an ice pack on the injection site if you have swelling can help.

Dermal Filler FAQS

How do dermal fillers work?

The dermal fillers are injected into the middle skin layer, adding volume and fullness. the dermal filler connects with water molecules to help maintain volume in the injected areas. This helps to eliminate wrinkles.

Are dermal fillers safe?

Dermal fillers are fully approved with CE marking. They are approved for the treatment of mild, moderate and severe wrinkles in the face.

How do dermal fillers differ from anti wrinkle injections?

Dermal fillers fill out the deep wrinkles that are permanent.

Anti wrinkle injections block nerve transmission via a powerful neurotoxin,. This helps to relax the and weaken the muscles that cause wrinkles.

When can I expect to see results after dermal filler treatment?

Results are immediately visible, continually improving for up to two weeks after the treatment.

What is the recovery period like?

The recovery period is minimal.  Any mild to moderate swelling will resolve in a few days after dermal filler treatment.

Are the injections very painful?

In most patients there is very little to no pain. Very sensitive areas can be numbed with a topical or local anaesthetic if required.

How long do dermal fillers last?

Anywhere from three months to three years. If you seek a more permanent method of facial rejuvenation, please consult our pages on cosmetic surgery procedures of the face.

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