Dermal Fillers

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Dermal fillers are designed to replenish or add extra volume to areas of your face. As you age, you will probably notice that parts of your face become thinner and almost hollow. This is a natural part of aging, but it can be devastating to the integrity of your skin and to the overall symmetry of your face. It can leave your face looking unbalanced and even cause the skin to become wrinkled and crumpled.

But thanks to advancements in science and medicine, there’s a non-surgical solution that can correct these problems in as little as 30 minutes. Dermal fillers are made from naturally occurring substances, so they’re safe to inject under the skin. They can be used to fill in hollowed out areas and will naturally make the skin above them tighter and smoother. They can also be used to enhance or augment facial areas, such as lips or cheeks, to improve your overall look. So if you’re looking to lift your face and look naturally refreshed and smooth, then dermal fillers might be the best option for you.

The Basics on Dermal Fillers

A dermal filler is usually made from a natural substance that’s found within the tissues of living animals, including in human skin. They have recently become one of the most effective ways to fight the loss of volume and wrinkling that often occurs as a side effect of aging. During this treatment, the dermal filler can be injected under the skin to restore volume and correct wrinkles and folds. And because they’re made from a naturally occurring substance, they’re usually easily accepted by the body and metabolised over time.

They can be used to fill in wrinkles, hollows, and lines, giving the face a more natural volume and shape without affecting your facial expressions. Dermal fillers are also useful in a variety of locations in the face and body. Here are some of the most popular treatments:

  • Lip fillers, which increase volume and give an enviable pout.
  • Under eye fillers, to reduce sagging and bagging.
  • Cheek fillers, to give that youthful, plump look.
  • Fillers that increase volume in the hands, reducing sagging and ‘knobbly knuckles’.
  • Dermal fillers placed in the jawline.
  • Fillers in the temples to reduce hollowing.
  • And fillers in the chin to strengthen and define.

Why Volume Matters

It might seem a bit strange to think about the volume of your face. After all, it’s not usually something people think about when they’re concerned about aging. But volume loss is one of the most serious threats to the symmetry of your face and the smoothness of your skin. As the body ages, it produces less collagen and elastin and what it does produce becomes thicker and looser. These two substances are absolutely essential to the quality of your skin. Collagen holds everything together, giving your skin structure and strength, and elastin makes it flexible so that it can rebound to its natural shape. But as these two substances decrease, the skin becomes looser and no longer returns to its natural state, resulting in wrinkles.

This is compounded by a drop in hyaluronic acid production, the substance that promotes collagen production, as well as a loss of fatty tissue, loosening of retaining facial ligaments, and loosening of muscle fibres. These changes combine to fundamentally change the look and shape of your face. The changes are a natural part of the skin’s aging process, but they can also be sped up because of factors like sun exposure, free radicals, smoking and a poor diet. The natural result of these changes is an overall loss of facial contours and definition that will make you look older, harsher, and more tired than you are.

The Benefits of Dermal Fillers

If dermal fillers are right for you, your body, and your skin, you will enjoy a number of benefits from these treatments including the following:

  • They can be used to plump up your lips and create a perfect pout.
  • If you’ve always wanted great cheekbones, dermal fillers can enhance the bones and give you that shape you’ve been looking for.
  • They’re helpful in correcting asymmetrical features, whether the issue is natural or caused by accident or injury.
  • They can increase the overall volume of your face and make you look more youthful.
  • The procedure is quick, taking around 30 minutes.
  • There is very little downtime, and you can go back to your regular schedule afterwards.
  • There are very few side effects and most of them last only a short time.

Types of Dermal Fillers

There are a number of different types of dermal fillers, which means that your treatment can be tailored to your needs and your primary concerns regarding your face and skin. The fillers all contain the same basic material, but they differ in how much of that material they contain and how hard the filler is. Because everyone ages differently, the type of filler you need will depend on your skin and how it’s changing with age.

Here are the types we offer here at Taylor Clinic:

  • Fine and soft dermal filler formulations

This softer type of dermal filler is usually used to contour and add volume to facial wrinkles and folds. It’s also helpful in creating definition and volume in the lips. It lasts between 3 and 6 months before being metabolised by the body.

  • Thicker dermal filler formulations.

These dermal fillers are used to add more volume and correct deeper folds and wrinkles. Once implanted, they usually lasts between 6 and 12 months.

  • Cohesive but soft dermal filler formulations.

These fillers are used to add volume to the cheek area and to restructure and contour the jaw so that both areas look fuller, but also natural. This type of filler usually lasts between 12 and 18 months.

The Safety of Dermal Fillers

In clinical trials, dermal filler injectable gels were found to be both effective and well tolerated by most people. The most common side effects were very mild and went away within a couple of days. These side effects include swelling, redness, bruising or tenderness around the injection sites.

If you notice any further reactions, let your doctor know as soon as possible. More serious reactions are extremely rare and usually occur because the wrong filler has been used in the wrong area. As with most cosmetic treatments, an appropriately experienced and trained provider will be able to perform the treatment in a way that minimises risks and increases the chances of the best result possible.

What to Expect During a Dermal Filler Procedure

You can have dermal fillers administered by a trained medical professional at our clinic in Sydney. Before the procedure, the area will be numbed using a topical cream or local anaesthetic. This should take care of most of the discomfort caused by the procedure.

Before the treatment, the areas to be injected are cleaned and the treatment spots mapped out so that there are no mistakes. The treatment involves a number of small injections into the selected areas. This sounds a little frightening, but the needles used are ultra-fine, so the pain is minimal. There is still usually some discomfort during the injections, but the anaesthetic should help, and the pain should go away once the treatment is completed.

What to Expect After a Dermal Filler Procedure

After the treatment, you will probably notice some redness and swelling around the injection sites. It may also feel a bit numb, though this should quickly fade. Any redness and swelling can be reduced with healing creams given to you by your doctor.

Once the treatment is over, you can go about your day as normal. Just make sure that you take care of the injection sites as directed by your doctor. Some tips for after care are:

  • Don’t rub the area for at least 24-48 hours.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours.
  • Don’t drink any alcohol for 24 hours.
  • Stay out of the sun.
  • Stay upright as much as possible for 3-4 hours after the injections.
  • If you experience swelling, sleep propped up with your head and shoulders on a pillow.
  • Avoid other treatments such as facials or massages.
  • Apply a cold compress if you experience swelling or heat in the area.

FAQs

What’s the difference between Anti-Wrinkle Injections and Dermal Filler injections?

Anti-wrinkle injections work by temporarily relaxing the active muscles that cause facial lines and wrinkles. During these treatments, your doctor will inject a small amount of a purified protein into the skin which will make the muscles and the skin relax. These treatments can be helpful in smoothing out old wrinkles and preventing new ones.

In contrast, dermal fillers work by lifting and filling the wrinkle or fold and creating new volume. The dermal fillers are placed beneath the wrinkle or fold to plump it up. These two treatments can be used on their own or together to treat wrinkles and fine lines.

How Soon Will I See Results?

You will notice results immediately after your treatment because the areas where the dermal fillers have been implanted will be noticeably plumper and smoother. However, bruising or swelling from the injections can change the shape of the treatment area. So you will have to wait until that dies down before you can see the end result. This will usually take about 7-10 days.

What if I Don’t Like the Results?

If you’re unhappy with the results of your procedure, wait until the swelling and redness has gone down before you take any action. Sometimes the swelling can fundamentally change the look of your face, so wait until it goes away and you can get the full effect. If you still don’t like what you see, contact your doctor to learn about your options.

How Much Does it Cost?

The cost of your dermal fillers will depend on the type of dermal filler, where you’re getting it, and how much you need. During your initial consultation, our professional staff here at Taylor Clinic can discuss all of this with you so you have a better idea of the costs involved for what you want done.

How Do I Choose the Right Provider?

You need to feel confident and safe with anyone who is performing any type of cosmetic procedure on you. Basically, if you don’t feel as if you can discuss your expectations and options with your provider, then you need to find someone else. Here are the most important things to look for:

  • Appropriate qualifications.

Remember that each country has their own rules surrounding cosmetic procedures. So make sure that your provider has all the appropriate training.

  • Experience.

Injecting dermal fillers isn’t easy or simple, so you want someone who has a long track record of making the right choices when it comes to this type of treatment.

  • Do you agree with their vision?

Injecting dermal fillers is part science and part art. Not only does your doctor have to know all the medical details, they also have to have a good aesthetic sense. This allows them to evaluate the shape of your face and understand the best ways to improve and enhance your appearance. So if you don’t like the changes they suggest, don’t just go along with them or you might get a result you don’t like. Instead, ask questions and make sure you understand what they’re suggesting and why.

  • Do they do this full time?

This might sound ridiculous, but the truth is that there are a lot of providers who travel from one salon to another injecting dermal fillers. Unfortunately, if they don’t have their own practice or don’t do this full time, it’s probably a sign that they don’t have the depth of experience they need to give you the best results possible. So make sure you find someone who is one hundred percent dedicated to their work and you’ll be sure to get a result that you’ll love.

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Book online, or Phone 1300 003 223 FACE to make a reservation or to find out more about Dermal Fillers in Sydney. Our caring and knowledgeable staff can talk to you about your cosmetic concerns and find a solution to help.

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