Dermal Fillers

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are injections that are used to provide volume and fullness to the face. They can enhance shallow contours, plump thin lips, soften facial wrinkles or creases, and improve recessed scar appearance.

How long will the effect of treatment last?

It varies depending on the type of material used as a filler:

  • Collagen: 3-4 months.
  • Hyaluronic acid: 4-6 months
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite: 18 months
  • Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) – The injections are given over several months with the effect lasting up to two years
  • Polymethylmethacrylate beads (PMMA) – permanent effect, but most risky.

Who is a good candidate for injection of dermal fillers?

A good candidate is one who is physically healthy, a non-smoker, and has realistic goals about improvement of appearance.

What is the recovery time after undergoing treatment with dermal fillers?

There is zero downtime after undergoing a dermal filler injection. In most cases, you should be able to return to your activities of daily living right away.

How is the dermal filler injection performed?

A local anesthetic cream may be offered for comfort. Using several small injections, the dermal filler is placed at the desired locations for maximum aesthetic effect.

How will the area look immediately after the injection?

Immediately after the injection, the treated area may appear overfilled with mild bruising or swelling. There may also be some transient redness and numbness. These symptoms may be alleviated within a couple of hours or a few days using topical ice application.

What are the precautions to be taken after treatment?

You are advised to avoid alcohol, coffee, or direct sunlight exposure for 24 hours after the injection.

What are the associated risks?

There is a small risk of developing a rash, swelling, bruising, infection, and formation of lumps under the skin for which you should return to the clinic.

Treatment options using dermal fillers:

Lip Shaping and Enhancement

Technique: Injectable Dermal Filler. Hyaluronic acid is the most commonly used filler material. It is a naturally-occurring moisturizer that is present within the human body.

Duration of Procedure:30 minutes.

Pain Rating: Minimal. You may initially feel a pinch as the needle goes in and then a sting when the filler is injected. However, you can choose to receive anesthesia.

Anesthesia: Topical numbing cream or dental nerve block

Recovery Period: Instant

Results: Instant

Lasting Duration: 4-6 months

Aftercare: Minimal required

Caution: Can cause bruising

Cheek Shaping and Enhancement

Technique: Injectable Dermal Filler. Hyaluronic acid is the most commonly used filler material. It is a naturally-occurring moisturizer that is present within the human body.

Duration of Procedure: 30 minutes.

Pain Rating: Minimal.

Anesthesia: Topical numbing cream.

Recovery Period: Instant

Results: Instant

Lasting Duration: 6-18 months

Aftercare: Minimal required

Caution: Can cause bruising

Nasolabial Lines (Nose to mouth lines)

What are nasolabial lines?

They are skin folds or wrinkle lines that run from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth.

What are the causes of nasolabial lines?

  • Excessive exposure to sunlight.
  • Age-related sagging of the fat pad in the cheek.
  • Smoking.

What is the best treatment for nasolabial lines?

The most common, safest, and cost effective treatment for nasolabial lines is the use of dermal fillers.

Marionette lines (Mouth to chin lines)

What are Marionette lines?

Marionette lines are wrinkle lines or skin creases that run from the corner of the mouth towards the chin. When these lines are pronounced, they give an unhappy expression to the face.

What causes Marionette lines?

  • Excessive exposure to sunlight.
  • Age-related sagging of the facial muscles.
  • Smoking.
  • Genetics.

What is the best treatment for Marionette lines?

The most common, safest, and cost effective treatment for nasolabial lines is the use of dermal fillers.

Smoker’s lines (Lines around mouth)

What are smoker’s lines?

They are vertical lines that occur around the mouth. These lines are more pronounced and appear sooner in smokers, but with age most people will notice these lines appearing around the mouth.

What causes smoker’s lines?

  • Smoking.
  • Age related loss of skin elasticity and tissue volume.

What is the best treatment option for smoker’s lines?

The best treatment option is dermal fillers which can provide instant results that typically last a long time.

Ageing Hands

How does aging affect the appearance of the hands?

Besides the face, the hands are the most commonly exposed part of the human body. Frequent sun exposure can cause damage to the skin of the hands. Aging can result in loss of fat from under the skin causing the veins, tendons, and bones to be more prominent.

What is the best treatment for aging hands?

Dermal fillers work very well to replace the volume loss that occurs with the depletion of fat from under the skin. New high density dermal fillers stay in place for a very long time giving a youthful look and feel to the hands.