Volume loss with aging
With time, our face tends to age in a predictable manner. In general, there is a loss of the fullness and roundness of the facial contours of youth, resulting in a flattened or sunken appearance to facial structures. When we are young, our skin is smooth and wrinkle free, our face is voluptuous and round, just like a fresh plum. As we age, our face loses volume. Resembling a dried up prune, our soft tissues lose their inherent resiliency and ability to resist stretch, resulting in sagging under the effects of gravity and wrinkles.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers usually refer to a diverse group of products that allows us to replace facial volume. The key ingredient in most dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occuring complex sugar that is found within the tissues of living cells including human skin. HA assists in skin hydration by attracting and holding water. It also combines with collagen and elastin to help provide skin structure and elasticity. The biodegradable gel, when injected into areas such as lip and face, can instantly replenish the lost volume and create an immediate effect of a more plump and youthful look. Being safe and effective, hyaluronic acid fillers have rapidly become the new “gold standard” in soft tissue augmentation/facial rejuvenation, and are the fastest growing non invasive aesthetic procedure in Australia today. Dermal fillers can be used in a variety of areas in the face to reverse the effects of ageing and associated volume loss. They can – Volumise areas that should be plump and full such as cheeks and lips – Fill in hollows around eyes and temples – Correct shadings around mouth like nasolabial folds, marrionette lines and sad mouth corners – Enhance facial shape with chin augmentation, non surgical nose corrections. – Erase wrinkles and lines, both fine and coarse. – Improve appearance of eye bags. Facial rejuvenation by adding volume can produce a very natural looking improvement in youthfulness.
Is the treatment comfortable?
Most dermal fillers nowadays contain local anaesthetics in them, making the injecting process much more comfortable. A local anaesthetic cream can be applied if necessary, although it isn’t needed for all patients. For treatments near the mouth, such as lip treatments, your practitioner may choose to give you a local anaesthetic block which is similar to a dental anaesthetic.
How long do they last?
The length of time that dermal fillers last depends on the type of filler used and the area injected. On average, you would expect the results of a Hyaluronic Acid dermal filler to last around 4-10 months. Thicker dermal fillers tend to last longer than those used for finer lines. As the dermal filler gradually gets metabolised by your body, the replaced volume slowly returns back to its original state. You may choose to have the area ‘topped-up’ to retain the effect. However, if you decide not to, the advantage of non-permanent dermal fillers is that the area will gradually return to how it was before the treatment.
Are there any side effects?
It is expected that with any form of injection there is a possibility of redness, bruising, and swelling. These are usually minor and resolve spontaneously in a few days once the inflammation settles down. Other side effects include itching, allergic reactions, skin discoloration, and infection. Usually by keeping the treated skin areas clean, avoid touching or rubbing the treated areas and avoid exposing the treated skin to extremes of temperature (Such as saunas) will keep these side effects to the minimal.
Am I a candidate for the procedure?
Whilst most people can benefit from this treatment, there are certain medications and conditions that preclude its use. All dermal fillers are contraindicated for patients with – known sensitivities to the filler material – history of severe allergy or anaphylaxis – bleeding disorders – connective tissues disorders Your practitioner will ask a number of questions to ensure that dermal fillers are appropriate. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding you would be advised to delay treatment until breast-feeding has finished, this is simply a precaution.
Why Medical Aesthetics 360?
The doctors at Medical Aesthetic 360 specialize in non-surgical replacement of facial volume with dermal fillers. After a thorough assessment, we will be tailoring an individual treatment plan to address your personal needs and concerns. Our goal is to enhance your natural beauty by achieving a younger, more refreshed you!
Location: Waratah Private Hospital (Medical Aesthetics 360) Suite 701, Level 7, 31 Dora St Hurstville NSW 2220 Phone 0410 138 713