Dermal Fillers – What is it?
Dermal fillers are one of the most common aesthetic treatments performed in the UK. They are commonly used to combat the key signs of facial ageing including loss of facial fat, loss of facial volume and the treatment of static wrinkles – wrinkles not associated with facial movements. They can also be used to enhance certain facial features including the lips, cheekbones, chin, nose and jawline. They can be used to treat regions of volume loss including the tear trough (under eye area) and nasolabial (smile) lines. Treatment is usually quick and the results normally immediate. Results last on average 9 to 12 months and after a couple of treatments often less is needed as the face starts to produce more of its own hyaluronic acid.
There are a variety of dermal fillers available on the market that all have varying degrees of volumising effects and last for a variable amount of time. The most commonly used fillers are hyaluronic acid fillers. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in abundance in good healthy skin. It has the ability to bind large amounts of water. Hyaluronic acid fillers typically last for around 8 months before they are reabsorbed. Other less commonly used synthetic fillers consist of poly-L-lactic acid (SculptraTM), polycaprolactone and calcium hydroxyapatite (RadiesseTM). These fillers last for longer and have a more rejuvenating effect on the face as a whole. However, there are significant added risks associated with these fillers and much less commonly used.
The face has a complex arrangement of pockets of fat within the cheeks. These are well shaped and taut in our younger years. As we age these pockets of fat lose their shape, shrink or enlarge, and slip downwards resulting in the characteristic folds of the cheek and jaw that we develop as we age. Fillers placed in the right areas can help to replace fat that has been lost and make pockets of fat more taut providing more definition and balance to the face that can turn back the clock and make you look younger. For younger clients discrete amounts of filler can be used to enhance lips and cheek bones to help with definition. Fillers can also be used to treat certain deep wrinkles and scars and over time have a rejuvenating effect on facial skin..
During your initial consultation we will listen carefully to your concerns and discuss your expectations of treatment with dermal fillers. We will conduct a thorough three dimensional assessment of your face using the latest 3D scanning cameras. We will work with you to plan where placement of fillers will achieve the best possible result you are looking for. We make the procedure as pain free as possible. Following treatment we will repeat our three dimensional assessment and provide a before and after comparison to establish whether you are satisfied with the results.
At Rejuvence we recognise a certain art and skill involved in the correct use of facial fillers to achieve a balanced rejuvenating result that the client will be thoroughly pleased with. We have a thorough understanding of the anatomy of the face and are able to relate this to the way the face ages. Using 3D technology we are able to make a thorough assessment and subsequently plan a rejuvenating treatment program with dermal fillers. We are skilled at combining other treatments with fillers to enhance results for our clients. At Rejuvence we aim to rejuvenate and enhance.
There is a relatively large amount of scientific data available regarding the effectiveness and safety of dermal fillers. Numerous groups have studied the effects of different filling agents in terms of how long they last and their side effects. It is becoming widely recognised that the ageing process in not just about the skin and how it looks but more of a three dimensional process. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are the most commonly used.
Through good technique and counselling we always try to minimise side effects as much as possible and make the procedure as comfortable as possible for you. The most common side effects of treatment are bruising and swelling. We do are best to avoid bruising as much as possible. Infection is extremely rare. There are documented cases of disasters associated with dermal fillers. These are usually due to poor technique. The greatest advantage of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers is that they can be reversed with Hyalase. You can rest assured we are extremely experienced at Rejuvence Clinic and have an excellent safety record.
The procedure typically lasts around 1 hour depending upon the amount of filler used and regions injected. You should be able to return to work immediately and should be able to attend social engagements.
The effects of dermal fillers are immediate. Further improvements can be expected over the next 2 weeks as the filler settles in. We will conduct a three dimensional analysis and demonstrate improvements to you. Hyaluronic acid fillers last for around 8 months and then start to be reabsorbed. With hyaluronic acid fillers you may also notice improvements in the overlying skin.