Tools To Restore Volume
Dermal Fillers /
Why are these Cosmetic Fillers all the Rage?
Dermal Fillers or Cosmetic Fillers have become so popular because they are extremely safe to use and create lifted, youthful results which once required costly, invasive procedures such as surgical facelifts. When you combine dermal fillers with other products and technologies such as Botox, facial lasers, chemical peels and medical grade skincare, the total effect is dramatically improved, natural-looking beauty.
What Exactly are Dermal Fillers (also known as facial fillers, cosmetic fillers)?
Dermal Fillers can be thought of as, “tools used to restore volume” which are injected under the skin to create a tighter, smoother, and more contoured appearance. They are most frequently injected into the lips, cheeks, hollows under the eyes, and in the nasolabial folds. Facial fillers can also be used to complete a non-surgical nose job and to reshape the chin and jawline. Dermal filler use has become a very popular procedure for the face but it is so versatile that it can be used anywhere on the body where wrinkling and volume loss indicate signs of aging, such as the back of the hands and even the feet!
What Factors Contribute to the Aging Process?/
There are a number of genetic and environmental factors which contribute to the normal aging process
These factors have a substantial impact on the physical appearance of our face and skin. Facial deterioration manifests in the formation of fine lines, drooping, and wrinkles. Our personal genetics and epi-genetics (the way are genes are expressed), hormone levels, pollutants in the air and food, gravity and even sleep posture will all contribute to that, “aged” look as we get older. These factors are often not in our direct control, but we should definitely attempt to limit those factors which are in our control including stress, sun exposure, vitamin and anti-oxidant deficient diets, lack of sustained exercise as well as over consumption of alcohol and other drug based products. Finally, large fluctuations in weight can cause an aged appearance due to skin laxity and sagging once the weight is lost.
Who are the Best Candidates for Dermal Fillers?
I always take the time to complete a thorough assessment for each patient before I start a facial filler treatment. It is essential to make sure that the patient is in good health, is suitable for facial filler treatment, has no open sores or skin infections on the face, and that the patient has had a chance to ask all of their questions before I start the procedure.
How long Can you expect your Dermal Filler Treatments to Last?
Dermal Fillers will last between 3 – 24 months once injected into the face. There are a number of factors which will contribute to the longevity of your filler treatment, including genetics, your body’s metabolism, the type of filler used, its chemical composition and where it was injected into your face. As a general rule, fillers last longer in facial areas which experience minimal dynamic movement such as the chin and forehead, while they will diminish more quickly in the lips because the constant movement of our mouths promotes a more rapid metabolism of the product.
How is it that Facial Fillers Work So Well?/
As skin ages, it loses its moisture because the body is producing less hyaluronic acid and collagen.
At the same time, we lose volume from the deep fat compartments in our face and aging can reshape our facial bones. This shifting of tissue creates wrinkles, fine lines and hollows in various areas of the face. Facial injectable fillers work by replacing the volume and structure of lost fat, collagen and elastin. The result is restored plumpness, smoother features, volume where you want it and an immediate refreshed, youthful appearance.
Specific uses for cosmetic fillers are as follows:
Cheeks:Cosmetic fillers can be used in the hollow of the cheeks to create contoured cheekbones and restore lost volume.
Lip Augmentation:Fillers can be used to create a fuller, filled in shape and smooth the lips or fine lines above the lips known as, “smoker’s lines.”
Non-Surgical Nose Job:Facial fillers may be used to add shape to the bridge of the nose, and to lift the tip of the nose.
Fine Lines:As we age, it is common for fine lines to form around the mouth and under the eyes which creates a tired and aged appearance.
Chin:Facial filler can be used in the chin and chin area to lengthen the chin, improve the look of a weak chin, and create a youthful angulation.
Nasolabial Folds:These are the lines that extend from the nostril ridge along the lip area into the upper chin. Filling and smoothing these lines erases years off of your appearance.
Hands:The hands can often look older because they are overused and not well hydrated due to frequent washing. The backs of the hands will lose fat and hydration as we age, making veins and bony prominences more visible.
Feet:Filler can be used in the feet to reduce the signs of aging and can also be used on the bottom of the foot for those who experience pain when wearing high heels.
Types of Dermal Fillers and their Various Uses/
There are essentially two main categories of facial fillers available in the Canadian market.
Absorbable Fillers: Absorbable fillers are composed of collagen, hyaluronic acid or Poly-L-Lactic acid. Typically, dermal fillers which are composed of collagen or hyaluronic acid last 3-18 months but are more natural products. The most commonly used products have hyaluronic acid as their base as these are safe and have very few potential side effects. Hyaluronic acids are sugars that are naturally produced by our bodies and found in connective tissue, cartilage, and some nerve tissues so they are a completely natural product to inject into your tissue. All of the facial filler products used in my clinic are approved by Health Canada.
Poly-L-Lactic acid fillers stimulate collagen production by your own body and can last up to 2 years. Poly-L-Lactic acid is a man-made synthetic substance and must be layered into the desired area over time.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a product extracted from your own blood which can be injected on its own or in combination with dermal fillers to restore volume and smooth the skin. It is also completely safe as it is derived from your own body’s tissues. The effects of PRP are typically long lasting, up to 24 months, and help stimulate your body’s own collagen production.
Non-Absorbable Fillers: These fillers are man-made, typically containing small plastic beads and are not bio-degradable, but are Heath Canada Approved.
Dermal Filler Brands: Why are there so many?
There are many different brands and manufacturers of fillers. The most commonly used are:
Different fillers have different properties in terms of fluidity and firmness. The particular type of filler that I select for enhancement will depend on the area of treatment and your aesthetic goals. For example, a softer, more fluid filler may be used directly under the skin to lift lines or wrinkles, and a more dense filler may be used to add volume to cheek bones or jaw lines. After the initial assessment and formulation of a plan, I will choose the appropriate fillers to achieve the desired effects.
What Side Effects are associated with Dermal Fillers?/
Injection of Dermal filler may sometimes result in bruising. Avoiding anti-inflammatory drugs, Aspirin, and supplement like Omega-3 oils, ginseng and gingko biloba a week prior to facial filler injection may help reduce bruising. I do not recommend that you stop the use of any prescription medication treatments, including Aspirin, without speaking to your physician. If you have a question regarding the supplements that you are taking, feel free to talk to me during your initial consultation.
Your Dermal Filler Results Are only as good as the Hands that Injected You!
Choosing the right injector is the most important part of getting the results you want. I am very committed to keeping abreast of the latest treatments and techniques. I have a keen artistic eye and will ensure that you get that natural, beautiful, WOW result that you’re looking for! If you live in Toronto or the GTA, It will be my pleasure to meet with you and discuss how facial fillers can transform your look.
Dermal Filler Cost?/
The cost of dermal filler is dependent on the area of injection, the type of filler used, and the amount of filler injected. Typically, treatments will start at $500. An estimate of price will be provided at the initial consultation, prior to treatment.