Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Dermal fillers are the answer for those who don’t wish to undergo surgery to reduce the unattractive signs of ageing. 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 ageing individual.
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:
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.
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 three months to three years.
Patients who are considering this procedure include those who have:
In addition, you should be physically healthy with no pre-existing medical conditions. Anti-wrinkle injections can be injected into a variety of facial areas to treat many different types of wrinkles. These include:
We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.
Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.
The procedure is performed purely for cosmetic purposes, to help improve one’s image and self-esteem.
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.
During anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers, patients sit in an elevated position and the area to be treated is cleansed with Hibiscrub. It is then injected into the desired sites. Usually, the surgeon will inject four or five sites on each side of the forehead and two or three sites around each eye. Ultimately, the number of injections will depend on the type of wrinkles and the desired effect.
When bleeding occurs after treatment, your doctor will put pressure or ice on the area to slow or stop the bleeding.
While you will have minimal downtime after your facial filler injections, you may experience redness, itching and swelling. To minimise these symptoms, in the first 24 hour period you should avoid:
Most patients will experience no symptoms after the anti-wrinkle injections. If you do experience swelling, placing an ice pack on the affected area can help.
The injections can last for up to one year.
There is very slight pinch during the injection with little or no discomfort.
When administered by a qualified surgeon in an accredited facility is very safe.
The injection blocks nerve impulses causing muscle relaxation. This reduces wrinkles and makes the skin look more youthful and healthier.
It differs from person to person. It is dependent on how many units are injected (more units = longer effect), the strength of the muscles, and each person’s own unique chemical makeup. The muscle-relaxing effects should be expected to last anywhere from three to five months.
It does not work immediately. It can take a few days for you to start noticing the relaxation effect. The muscles then continue to relax for several more days after that. You won’t see the full effect for two weeks.
Side effects are very rare. Very minor bruising and swelling and sometimes a headache is experienced.
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 make skin look more youthful and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
Dermal fillers are fully approved with CE marking. They are approved for the treatment of mild, moderate and severe wrinkles in the face.
Results are immediately visible, continually improving for up to two weeks after the treatment.
The recovery period is minimal. Any mild to moderate swelling will resolve a few days after dermal filler treatment.
In most patients, there is very little to no pain. Very sensitive areas can be numbed with a topical or local anaesthetic if required.
Anywhere from three months to three years. If you seek a more method of facial rejuvenation, please consult our pages on cosmetic surgery procedures of the face.