We all know that healthy, toned skin, free from niggling lines and imperfections, is key to looking our very best- whatever our age! And of course: the better we look, the better we feel.
But maintaining this vitality becomes more of a challenge as we grow older. So if creams are no longer living up to their promise and surgery seems like a step too far, dermal fillers could be the ideal treatment for you.
Youthful skin is rich in Hyaluronic Acid (HA),
a substance that binds water, hydrates the skin and promotes softness and fullness. But as we age, the HA in our skin gradually becomes less efficient .
Dermal fillers containing HA , such Restylane, Teosyal, Belotero or Juvederm, effectively boost the skin’s hydration, stimulate collagen production and improve skin elasticity.
Dermal fillers help to smooth out the signs of aging, create fuller, more sensuous lips, add volume to the cheekbones, reduce hollows under the eyes, correct jaw line, “marionette” and frown lines or change the shape of your chin or nose.
Treatment usually takes no more than 30 min and the result is instant. It is long lasting too, for up to 6 to 18 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
That depends on the results you want and the skill of the injector.
Dr. Anna prefers to take a conservative approach when it comes to dermal fillers. Her goal is always to achieve results that look completely natural. So that when people look at you, they just see you - only slightly younger and more refreshed.
And Dr. Anna is continually refining and upgrading her skills in order to stay up-to-date on the most current techniques - so you will get the most natural-looking results possible .
You will see an improvement immediately after the procedure. However, it usually takes about two weeks to see the final result.
This depends on many factors, including what area(s) you had treated, how much product was used, and your own individual physiology.
Immediately after the procedure, there will be some swelling and redness in the area. This will usually resolve within hours up to couple of days (lips are prone to swell for up to 72hrs). There may also be some bruising in the area, especially if you are someone who bruises easily. This should resolve within a week (ARNICA cream-you can buy over the counter-helps to improve bruising much quicker). Some people prefer to book appointments at the end of the week, so they can take the weekend off, if they wish to.
Dermal fillers are inserted under the skin by injection, and every injection hurts to some degree. However, there are certain steps that can be taken to minimize this discomfort. For example, applying numbing cream before the treatment or receiving dental block (the numbing injection into your gums) before lips enhancement can significantly reduce the discomfort. Also, most dermal fillers now include lidocaine, so the area is frozen as the treatment is carried out.
Side effects are usually mild to moderate, lasting up to 7 days or less. They include temporary reactions at the injection-site, such as redness, pain, firmness, swelling or bumps.
Dermal fillers are not recommended for people with severe allergies or history of anaphylaxis.
In addition, you and your doctor should discuss the following important treatment considerations in order to help avoid unsatisfactory results and complications:
- Patients who are using medications that can prolong bleeding, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, may experience increased bruising or bleeding at the injection site (as with any injection).
- If laser treatments, chemical peels, or any other procedure based on active dermal response is considered after treatment with dermal filler, there is a possible risk of an inflammatory reaction at the treatment site.
- Hyaluronic acid based fillers should be used with caution in patients on immunosuppressive therapy as there may be an increased risk of infection.
- The safety of fillers with hyaluronic acid for use during pregnancy, while breastfeeding, or in patients under 18 years, has not been established.
- The safety of fillers in patients with a history of excessive scarring (e.g., hypertrophic scarring and keloid formations) and pigmentation disorders has not been studied.
- There are some studies suggesting that people suffering from autoimmune diseases are more prone to complications , such as formation of granulomas (small nodules) after the treatment.