Many of us lose volume in our facial features as we age. The process of facial ageing occurs when the production of the hyaluronic acid, a protein which restores our volume and hydrates our facial tissue, decreases.
Normally, the hyaluronic acid is replenished in our skin on its own every 2 – 3 days, but as we get older, this process doesn’t happen as frequently, which then results in skin dehydration, and loss of volume and definition in facial features. Also, with age we develop creases, folds and lines around the nose, mouth, jawline and frontal lobe area which can create a “grumpy look.”
Dental fillers are an excellent solution to restore plumpness and definition to your face. These non-permanent fillers contain hyaluronic acid as an active ingredient, creating a natural way to plump up and rejuvenate the skin. Using non-permanent fillers for the procedure has more advantage than using permanent fillers as the treatment can always be reversed, unlike in the case with permanent fillers. Also, using permanent fillers puts patients at a higher risk of fillers becoming infected.
There are different types of gel available for the dental fillers treatment: a softer gel is used for softer and more sensitive parts of the body like lips and last for over 6 – 9 months. A firmer gel is used for cheek bones or brow areas – this type of gel is more resistant to the body’s enzymes that break down the hyaluronic acid in our skin and, therefore, last longer for the period of 18 – 24 months.
The dermal fillers we use contain lidocaine which is often used during the injections to create comfort. We also apply a combination of cannula and needle techniques. Other remedies are also used during the procedure to ease the pain, including ice packs, topical numbing cream and injections of local anaesthetic.
Length of surgery
30 minutes. The duration may vary slightly, depending on the areas treated.
The dermal fillers injections is one of the easiest procedures with fast results, hence the recovery is almost immediate as there is no real downtime after the procedure. Potentially, redness or mild swelling may develop shortly after, but it should disappear within 1 – 2 days. Bruising is possible to occur in rare cases for a short time, however, it can be easily concealed with make-up.
Patients would be able to see immediate results once they have completed the treatment. It is recommended to schedule a review check-up in two weeks time to assess whether there is a need for any additional treatments.
Risks Associated With Dermal Fillers
Non-permanent hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers is a low-risk, non-invasive, non-surgical procedure as the fillers can always be dissolved by applying a hyaluronidase injection if it ever becomes necessary.
Permanent fillers, on the other hand, create high risk for infection or skin migration, which may require a surgical excision if something goes wrong. That’s why we only offer non-permanent fillers as they guarantee a safe, affordable, quick and easy procedure.
Another minor risk is the possibility of allergic reaction, however, the risk is very low. To establish the best treatment plan for you with regard to your personal circumstances, you need to speak to your cosmetic specialist.