Fillers basically restore lost volume to your face and plump areas, so that deep set lines are smoothed. Patients with deep set lines around the mouth and jawline, sunken areas around the eyes and lips which are thinner than they would wish will benefit.
Dermal fillers are small injections of gel, typically made up of hylauronic acid, that fill in wrinkles and add volume to soft tissue. You can have dermal fillers in different parts of your face: around the eye, cheeks, mouth and jawline, as well as lip fillers administered directly into the lip tissue.
As we age, the natural collagen and elastin in the skin lessens, as cells lose their ability to produce more of their youthful component. The skin becomes dryer, thinner and less able to fix itself. When we’re born, we have plentiful amounts of hyaluronic acid in our body, but as we get older this store of HA diminishes, leaving the skin less well supported, and so lines and wrinkles develop. By lifting and smoothing targeted folds and wrinkles by adding subtle volume, dermal fillers can make a difference to a person’s appearance, giving them a fresher look.
The treatment of wrinkles with dermal fillers will usually involve injecting this naturally occurring product (HA) through a tiny needle. The discomfort is minimal as the treatment does not take long to perform. The aesthetic outcomes of treatments with dermal filler are seen immediately after the treatment. Treating wrinkles with dermal filler is fast, leaving no scars.
Results are apparent immediately after the procedure, so you leave the clinic with an immediate improvement.
Depending on how your body reacts and which hyaluronic acid is used, most dermal fillers will last between six to 18 months.
How is the procedure done?
While botox can be injected in a few minutes, facial fillers take longer as we are "sculpting" their face with filler. This is an art and you need to inject a little and then look at the face and inject a little more. It is a slow process but if it is done carefully in the end it should give an excellent effect.
Dr Tara will evaluate your facial appearance and skin tone before performing any injections.
The skin will be cleansed with an antibacterial agent, and then depending on where an injection is placed, the patient usually has a topical numbing cream applied first and sometimes a lidocaine injection administered (especially for fillers in the nasolabial folds). The filler injections themselves usually take five to thirty minutes per area.
While not painless, the injections are usually easily tolerated. You may be offered an ice pack to reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort, although many patients find no swelling at all especially with the new generation of dermal fillers.
Recovery time varies for each patient and for each type of filler injected. You can resume most activities right away, but it is generally recommended that you avoid intense physical activity for the first 24-48 hours to minimize swelling and bruising.