Advanced Dermal Fillers: For The Most Natural Looking Facial Enhancements
Aging is a natural and beautiful process that brings with it a number of appearance issues as well. While it is nothing to hide or be embarrassed about, there are of course effective solutions to fix these issues if they turn bothersome for people.
As we age, our skin, more specifically our face naturally tends to lose subcutaneous fat. The facial muscles then start working closer to the skin’s surface leading to more prominent smile lines and crow’s feet.
Further effects of gravity, sun exposure and gradual loss of facial volume also contribute towards other issues like wrinkles, sagging, hollowness and folds.
Fortunately, owing to the development of modern cosmetic technologies, all of these issues can be corrected using non-surgical facial skin enhancement procedures. Needless to say an increasing number of people are in fact investing in these medical techniques to look better and in turn feel better about themselves.
One of the main aspects of non-surgical facial enhancements today includes dermal fillers. They have been found to be the second most popular facial enhancement procedure in Australia after Anti-Wrinkle injections
They are mainly used to restore the lost facial volume and augmentation and to reduce the facial lines that may have appeared on the face due to ageing.
From a broad perspective, dermal fillers can be used to soften or reduce facial wrinkles and creases, plump up thin lips, fix contour deformities of the face, enhance the seemingly shallow contours of the face and decrease the shadow caused by the lower eye lids.
They have been found to be specifically effective with early signs of ageing. They are also commonly used as part of comprehensive facial rejuvenation surgeries as well.
Typically, some of the facial areas that are normally enhanced using dermal fillers at the V Institute are:
- Lip Augmentation
- Chin enhancement
- Cheek augmentation
- Naso-labial folds
- Marionette lines/fowls
- Medical penis enlargement
- Dark circles around the eyes or tear troughs
- Non-surgical rhinoplasty or nose job
- Vertical lip lines or smokers lines
Dermal fillers on a basic level can usually be done by any doctor or nurse, but the results can be varied depending on the professional experience and kind of issue being treated.
The V Institute studios in Melbourne, Australia offers a wide range of exclusive advance dermal filler and facial contouring techniques that are usually available at highly specialized cosmetic clinics.
Here’s everything you need to know about dermal fillers and the procedures involved in getting them.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers, also commonly known as soft tissue fillers are basically biocompatible gels normally injected in to or under the surface of the skin in order to restore lost hydration and volume and thereby enhance the appearance of specific facial features such as facial contours. They effectively boost the production of new collagen and in turn improve the natural texture and elasticity of the skin, preventing problems like sagging and lack of firmness.
There are many types of dermal fillers currently available in the Australian cosmetic market. There are also many brands of these fillers. Depending on their basic constitutional properties they can broadly be categorized in to two main types namely; Carbohydrate Gel Fillers and Non-Carbohydrate Gel Fillers.
Either of these kinds of fillers can be used in different ways to rejuvenate various features of the face including:
- Cheeks for cheek bone augmentation
- Nose for nose bridge augmentation
- Tear troughs to fill the hollows around the eyes
- Vertical lip lines to fill the smokers lines
- Jawline to enhance jaw definition
- Temples to improve hollowing
- Brows to give them a lift
- Fine lines and wrinkles on the skin to fill them by adding moisture
- Chin to enhance the shape and projection
- Naso-labial folds
- Marionette lines or jowls
What does a dermal filler treatment include?
Dermal filler treatments usually start with the topical application of a numbing cream or a local anesthetic infiltration on the area being treated. Once the area becomes numb, the dermal filler gel is injected in to the skin in easy pain free movements.
It can take anywhere between 15 to 45 minutes for the whole procedure depending on the amount of dermal filler required and the area being treated.
Once the filler has been injected and the requisite time period has elapsed, the patient is allowed to go about his or her normal daily activities. They are even allowed to apply makeup over the treated area. Although they are advised to stay away from heavy duty physical activities, exercises and excessive alcohol consumption as well, as these can lead to bruising.
In some cases, it may take more than one sessions to completely correct the facial issue. Patients are required to come in for further sessions in order to attain the best results. During the first session the foundation or base for the fillers to sit on are laid. This is when the most amounts or volume of fillers are required. During subsequent sessions further fillers are added and adjustments are made for perfection. This usually only requires top-ups to re-enforce the treatment and achieve the long term outcome being aimed for.
The entire procedure is performed only after the application of appropriate anesthetics. This may be in the form of a topical cream or a vibrational anesthetic device or anesthesia gas that needs to be inhaled by the patient. These techniques have specially been developed by the professional cosmetic doctors of the V Institute to make the dermal filler procedure as pain and discomfort free as possible.
In fact, many patients have proven testimony to the fact that dermal filler procedures at the V Institute have been the least painful.
Important things to know about dermal fillers
- Safety – There is absolutely no need for skepticism regarding the safety of dermal fillers. No particular risks have been found to be associated with the procedure if administered by a licensed professional cosmetic doctor who is well versed in facial anatomy. And fillers have been used for cosmetic treatments for over 20 years. A very few cases of minor allergic reactions and vascular trauma have been found, but they are extremely rare. The only few side effects of the process include temporary swelling of the area and bruising at the point of injection, both of which do not last for more than a few hours or days.
- Downtime – As mentioned before the whole treatment process does not take more than an hour at the most. Hence the downtime is very minimal and patients are not required to refrain from daily activities and the like. They are advised to go about the routine and are even allowed to apply makeup over the treated area.
The existing minimum downtime is only due to the minor swelling and the bruising both of which can be easily covered up with makeup in most cases.
For patients above the age of 50 years lip fillers could cause a little more swelling than normal. It may even last for up to 72 hours in some cases but after that the filler settles down and reveals fuller lips.
- Results – Fillers with a Carbohydrate gel base can reveal immediate results, soon after the treatment. However, it should be noted that the results further improve over the subsequent few weeks. The reason for this is that these fillers attract more moisture and mature with time once they are injected in to the skin. As usual, some amount of initial swelling can be expected immediately after the treatment which will most certainly subside in a few days’ time.
Bio-stimulatory fillers on the other hand usually work over a stretched period of several weeks. They may require 3 or more treatment sessions before they become visible on the surface.
- Longevity – The lasting capacity of dermal fillers essentially depends on the type of the filler, the consistency of the filler and the treatment area. On a general scale, fillers with a Carbohydrate Gel base last around 6 to 24 months. And this is for an average person.
For people who are smokers, or who usually have a high rate of metabolism, are actively trying to lose weight, are in any way involved in some kind of vigorous exercise programs, or are on a carbohydrate restricted diet, Carbohydrate Gel fillers usually don’t last long.
- Alternatives to dermal fillers – There is one very effective and perhaps better lasting alternative to dermal fillers and that is Fat Grafting. It basically involves making use of the fat cells that naturally exist within the body, which contain stem cells. The V Institute offers an array of reliable Micro Fat Grafting Injection Treatments using the latest technology for the effective rejuvenation of facial volume loss, performed by the most qualified cosmetic doctors in Australia.
- Costs –The cost of getting a dermal filler treatment again depends on the kind of filler being used, the amount of fillers used per session as well as the area being treated. But all these factors will be analyzed on the first consultation with a V Institute cosmetic doctor and a full-fledged treatment plan will be laid out along with the costs involved in the process according to the budget of the patient and the level of improvement they wish to achieve through the treatment. At the V Institute the primary filler used in most treatments is the Allergan range. They are thought of as one of the best range of Hyaluronic Acid fillers in the market, proven to have long lasting results.
- Preparation for treatment – One of the most common questions that people have when it comes dermal filler treatments is whether they need to prepare themselves for it and if yes, how.
To answer the question, yes there are some minor steps you can take as preparations to prevent or prolong bruising, which is one of the most common side effects of dermal filler treatments and most injection based treatments for that matter. Hence it is best to avoid anti-inflammatory drugs and food items at least week prior to getting the procedure done. This means that one needs to stay away from drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil supplements, garlic, gingko, green tea and similar herbal products, as these tend to thin the blood and increase the clotting time of blood, which in turn increases the risk of bruising. If at all a patient is using some form of medication, he or she needs to disclose it to his or her cosmetic doctor and the staff on initial consultation.
Another thing that can increase the risk of bruising is alcohol. Hence, the consumption of alcohol should also be kept very minimal until after the completion of the treatment.
Patients at the V Institute are often advised to consume Arnica tablets a few days leading to the treatment, during their first consultation. Arnica is a herbal supplement that is known to reduce the risk of bruising and it is a commonly available over-the-counter medication in most pharmacies.
It should be carefully noted that in case of patients with a history of cold soles, the same should be duly informed at the time of initial consultation. Soft tissue filler or dermal filler treatments can cause cold-sore flare-ups. For the same reason, the patient may be required to take prophylactic anti-viral medications before commencing the treatment.
Provided all the important pointers are looked in to prior to getting dermal filler treatments, rest assured the patient will be left with the most natural looking results, at minimal pain, discomfort and downtime.