Individual skin can be compared to a cake, with the deeper aspect of the skin representing the sponge and the more superficial aspect representing the icing. Therefore the best results are achieved when both the deeper and superficial layers are filled.
Over time as the result of the sun damage and lifestyle factors, collagen slowly depletes from the skin. This loss of volume results in sagging skin from the cheek to around the mouth (known as the nasolabial fold) and down to the jowl areas. As well as the deeper aspect of the skin, so too the superficial part of the skin slowly looses collagen as well resulting in fine lines and eventually deeper furrows.
Therefore 2 main types of fillers are used to correct this situation:
- Long acting: a thicker and more viscous filler for the ‘spongy’ part.
- Short acting: representing the ‘icing’.
Long Acting Fillers
Long acting fillers can be used not only to fill but to lift the skin as well. This procedure is commonly referred to as the “liquid lift”, which is a facelift without surgery. The viscosity of the injecting agent is actually used to lift the skin back to its original position. The can be used not only to rejuvenate the face but also the hands. This very low risk procedure can result in a very natural appearance, with the treatment being tailored to the individual and at a fraction of the cost of surgery.
The main application for this procedure would apply to individuals with mild to moderate collagen loss. During the procedure a framework is laid down into the skin, where this framework actually encourages the body to deposit collagen onto this network.
Laser therapy can also be used to generate additional collagen onto this network. Also with regards the superficial layers of the skin, laser therapy can be used to stimulate collagen and shrink pores for an overall smoother appearance.
Corners of the Mouth
Long acting fillers are injected below the skin’s surface through a very fine needle. A local anesthetic can be used during the treatment, which takes less than one hour. Once in position, the dermal filler forms a “scaffold” to support and stimulate the growth of the body’s own collagen. The product feels soft and looks natural because it stimulates the growth of the body’s own collagen. Long acting fillers are also an excellent option for nose deformity.
Results are instant and achieved in the first visit. To ensure long acting fillers provide long-term enhancement, a follow up visit is usually schedules 2-3 months after the initial treatment, during which the need for a refinement is evaluated. Conversely individuals may return in one year instead of 18 months. At this time only half the amount of long acting filler would be needed to maintain the rejuvenated appearance. After the long acting filler is absorbed into the body in approximately 18 months, the appearance of the face will return to exactly as it was pre treatment.
Got Questions? It’s likely you’ll find answers in the following frequently asked questions.
Why do I have wrinkles?
Wrinkles emerge because the major structural protein of the skin (collagen), volume generating hyaluronic acid and elastin decrease as we get older. When we age, our skin cells divide at a slower rate and the inner skin deteriorates, moisture retention diminishes, oil-secreting glands collapse and skin becomes dry and scaly. The best way to prevent wrinkles is to avoid prolonged periods of sun exposure, moisturise regularly and have a healthy lifestyle through high fibre diet and exercise.
What are Cosmetic Dermal Fillers?
Cosmetic Dermal Fillers are a temporary filler which lasts up to 6 – 24 months depending on which product you use, and is a suitable non-invasive replacement for cosmetic surgery. The filler may be composed of synthetic or natural gels formed by a variety of polymers and extracts.The compound naturally occurs in the skin, and assists in skin hydration by attracting and holding water. It also combines with the skin matrix to provide skin structure and elasticity to your face, neck and decolletage, and produces the viscoelastic network for normal fibers to bind together. Since their discovery, Cosmetic Dermal Fillers have emerged as the leading dermal filling agent for soft tissue augmentation, owing to their superior cosmetic results.
What do Cosmetic Dermal Fillers cost?
Treatment costs vary based on the size of the treatment area, and the number of mls used. There are a number of different products available, achieving various results. In order to provide an accurate quote to achieve your desired result we offer free consultation with one of our qualified cosmetic practitioners who will advise which product is best suited to your needs.
What are the benefits of Dermal Fillers?
- 100% natural and chemical free
- Lifts and rejuvenates aging skin
- Fillers can plump up your lips, enhance cheek volume, re-shape the chin, jawline, temple, and get rid of sagging skin under the eyes
- Fillers can also lift the eyes and eyebrows
- Augment and reshape any of your features, while refreshing your face naturally
- Restores a youthful freshness and definition to aging facial tissue
- Predictable, natural and consistent results
- Gels are impregnated with local anaesthetic so that you experience minimal discomfort
- Minimal recovery required after treatment
- Treatment can be reversed if required leaving you with complete peace of mind!
What areas can be treated?
- Surprise lines : Forehead creases
- Frown lines : Glabella, creases betwen the eyebrows
- Crow’s feet Crinkles at the sides of the eyes
- Eye bags : Puffy areas under the eyes
- Bunny Crunches : Lines on the bridge of the nose, usually caused by squinting
- Mouth frown lines : Downturned corners of the mouth
- Thin Lips : Angry or stressed looking mouth
- Gummy smiles : Excessive upper gum when smiling
- Canine smiles : Pulling down of lower lip when smiling
- Invisible Cheek bones : Flat, unshaped cheeks, appearing fatigued and tired
- Flared nostrils : Unusually large and open nostrils
- Chin dimples and creases : Indentations on chin
- Saggy jawline : Aging skin and slack facial muscles under jaw
- Neck bands : Horizontal creases around neck
How long will the procedure take?
Usually a treatment will take between 10 to 30 minutes, with no down time. Treated areas may appear a little red and swollen immediately after treatment for up to 24 hours, however, there is little fuss and preparation required for a Cosmetic Dermal Filler treatment, and many clients return to work soon after treatment.
What can I expect to happen during a treatment?
Our Cosmetic Medical Staff are highly qualified and experienced, who specialise in injectable rejuvenation. After an initial assessment and discussion, local anaesthetic is introduced to the strategic nerve blocks to minimise discomfort during the procedure. Once treated, the cosmetic medical therapist will vigorously massage the area to ensure even distribution of the gel. The treatment usually takes 10 to 30 minutes depending on the number of areas being treated.
Will the treatment be painful?
Treatments are suitable for all skin types and skin colours, and the procedure feels gentle and rejuvenating. There is no clinical pain in a Cosmetic Dermal Filler treatment, with most people describing the sensation as a mild discomfort. A small amount of anaesthetic cream can be applied to the skin prior to treatment for a more comfortable treatment procedure.
What's involved in Post Procedure Care?
Other than some redness and swelling, there is minimal downtime for this procedure, and many clients feel comfortable getting treatments done in their lunch break.. Recovery time is minimal. As with any injection there is a very slight and unlikely risk of post treatment infection, however you will be given specific aftercare instructions to follow to ensure your recovery at home proceeds smoothly.
We recommend 1 treatment every 6 to 24 months depending on your skin type and requirement. Consistency is the key! Getting regular ongoing treatments will successfully maintain your new youthful appearance in the long run.