WHAT ARE FILLERS?
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are made from a substance that occurs naturally in the body. As we age, our supply of hyaluronic acid decreases, causing skin to lose volume, tone, and elasticity. Radiesse is an FDA approved calcium hydroxylapatite subdermal filler. Sculptra Aesthetic is an FDA approved poly-L-lactic acid filler that is also absorbed naturally by the body. These temporary fillers can be used to fill in minor to moderate lines and wrinkles and are especially effective in providing volume and structure to areas that are have lost significant amounts of volume. Fillers can also function to hydrate the skin while reducing the appearance of lines on the face, decollete and hands. They can also be used to create more defined and fuller lips.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
Juvederm and Restylane (both Hyaluronic Acid fillers), Radiesse (calcium hydroxylappatite), and Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid) ranges are all considered leading brands delivering beautiful results with long-standing safety profiles. It is possible to administer filler injections during a single appointment and whilst there is no downtime, some mild bruising, redness, temporary tenderness and itching at the injection site may occur. These reactions are generally mild to moderate and usually resolve within a few days (a week after injection into the lip and within two weeks of more volumising treatments). These types of fillers are non-permanent and will naturally break down over time.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Fillers are a great treatment option to rejuvenate skin without resorting to more invasive surgery and can be combined with Ultherapy, fractional ablative laser and Clearlift for best results. Fillers can be used in the tear trough, cheeks, nasolabial folds, lips and help to define the contours and restore lost volume to your face with noticeable but natural-looking results.
CONDITIONS DERMAL FILLERS CAN TREAT
With age, we naturally lose the fatty tissue that gives skin that plumped, youthful appearance.
What to expect: To replace volume loss and prevent the face from ‘falling’, injecting hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the body, into points of the face needing a boost gives skin more volume and reduces the appearance of fine lines, folds and depressions. Alternatively, Radiesse, a calcium based gel or Sculptra, a poly-L-lactic acid, can also be used to treat volume loss and sagging. The effects of these temporary fillers can last between four to eighteen months depending on the substance used. While it is possible to experience some mild bruising, itchiness, swelling and redness, this should subside a few days after treatment.
Also good for treating: Scars and depressions, nose to mouth lines (nasolabial folds), vertical lip lines (smokers lines), corners of the mouth, marionette lines (lip to chin folds), lips, hollow or drooping cheeks, tear troughs, chin, jawline (to create a sharper jawline), nose, ear lobes, chest and hands.
Alternative treatments: Ultheraphy, Fractional ablative laser and Clearlift.
Over time, the upper eyelid can look heavy and hooded with excess skin whilst the lower eyelid can appear tired with prominent dark circles, puffiness with lines, and wrinkles.
What to expect: Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces the excess skin and fat that commonly causes tired looking eyes. The operation takes approximately one to three hours depending on whether the upper and lower eyelids are treated. Initial bruising and swelling should resolve in as little as one to two weeks with results best seen several weeks after surgery.
Also good for: Droopy upper eyelids, puffy upper eyelids, lower eyelids lines and wrinkles.
Alternative treatments: Ultherapy can be used in conjunction with Blepharoplasty to tighten and lift the eyebrow and skin surrounding the eyelids. For a temporary noninvasive remedy, hyaluronic acid fillers and laser can also be an option.
Over time, depression lines that run from the nose and around the under-eye become more noticeable as the skin sags and becomes thinner, resulting in eye bags, dark circles and sunken, tired looking eyes.
What to expect: Combining Filler and Ultherapy, this treatment takes place over two sessions, ten days apart. Ultrasound is applied to lift the brow and filler is then injected directly into the tear trough to replace lost volume. There is very little to no down-time with the potential of slight swelling or bruising, which should only last for a few days. Results will appear within 10 days with maximum improvement 3-6 months. Top ups of filler are recommended every six months.
Also good for: Crows feet, wrinkles and to add volume.
Alternative treatments: Triple Hydraboost and Try-Eye Transformation.
As we age, the lower jaw can lose its definition, giving you an older, jowlier appearance.
What to expect: Using therapeutic deep heat, Radiofrequency heats different tissue depths within the body to cause collagen contraction and stimulation which tightens loose and wrinkled skin. No anesthesia is needed and there is no downtown, only a slight redness may occur that generally disappears within 24 hours. A course of 4-6 treatments is recommended with maintenance top ups every six months.
Also good for: Firming the entire body and non-surgical facial rejuvenation.
Alternative treatments: Ultherapy and Fillers
Hands age quickly from constant exposure to environmental factors such as pollutants and UV radiation resulting in a loss of volume, lack of skin tone, notable appearance of veins and tendons, and hyperpigmentation.
What to expect: Dermal fillers work to plump up and smooth the skin on tops of hands, encouraging collagen production. While there is minimal downtime, there may be bruising, a little swelling and tenderness which can last for a few days. Results generally last up to 12 months.
Also good for: Smoothing out the tear trough, cheek augmentation, nasolabial folds and lips.
Alternative treatments: Laser resurfacing: to improves sun-damaged skin and the apperance of any brown sunspots. In addition, IPL – Intense Pulsed Light- emits high levels of light and gentle energy to help treat imperfections giving clarity to hands. Cryotherapy can also be used for sunspots. Mesotheraphy and iPixel can help improve collagen production and tightening.
Earlobes may become wrinkled and sag due to age, sun damage and may be stretched due to the continuous wear of heavy earrings.
What to expect: Hyaluronic acid can help restore volume loss in the earlobe, giving a rejuvenated appearance to the skin. There is very little to no down-time involved in the procedure but occasionally swelling or bruising can occur post treatment for a few days. Results generally last up to 12 months.
Also good for: adding volume, Fractional Ablative Laser and Derma Roller to stimulate new collagen.
A square jaw can be genetic or the result of clenching and grinding teeth which overdevelops the Masseter muscle.
What to expect: A square jaw can look overtly prominent and in some cases too masculine but the shape can easily be softened and made to be more oval through injectables for a softer profile. For men, the jaw can also be sharpened for a more distinctive shape. Discomfort is minimal, think a very mild stinging sensation and there may also be minimal bruising and swelling immediately after the treatment that will subside.
Also good for: Lines and wrinkles.
Excessive curving of the nose, bumps and hooks can be straightened non-invasively through injectables, which work to plump out and define from base to tip for a more symmetrical finish.
What to expect: Dermal fillers are injected to correct a wide range of defects in the nose by reshaping, rebalancing or resizing to align itself with the surrounding area. With minimal downtime (some minor bruising or redness may occur), effects can be seen immediately after the treatment and last between 4-12 months.
Also good for: Soften lines, winkles and lip enhancements.
Alternative treatments: Botox
As we age we lose volume in the lips and the lip shape can become less defined.
What to expect: Fillers help to restore natural, full volume to the lip, sharpen the cupid’s bow whilst keep the corners of the mouth defined and elevated. Fillers also help to maintain the perfect and most flattering ratio of volume of the upper to lower lip. With minimal downtime, effects can be seen immediately after the treatment and the length of duration depends on the type of hyaluronic acid used.
Also good for: Restoring facial volume, softening lines and wrinkles.
Nasolabial lines run from each side of the noses to the corners of the mouth and with age can deepen and widen.
What to expect: Hyaluronic acid fillers add volume to the face, smoothing grooves and adding a youthful softness to the face. With minimal downtime, effects can be seen immediately after the treatment and the length of duration depends on the type of hyaluronic acid used although slight bruising and swelling may occur post-treatment but will subside in a couple of days.
Also good for: Soften lines, winkles, lip enhancement.
Alternative treatments: Radiofrequency, Ultherapy
Volume can be lost through facial ageing so adding definition to a small, weak jaw line and restoring facial balance with a new symmetry will improve an appearance and profile.
What to expect: The shape and projection of the chin can be enhanced with dermal fillers to give the lower face more balance. Adding filler can reshape the chin for a desired effect; either side of the chin will add balance, filler placed on the point of the chin will lengthen its appearance and placed beneath the chic will shorten. With minimal downtime, slight bruising and swelling may occur post-treatment but will subside in a couple of days. Effects can be seen immediately after the treatment with the length of results depending on the type of injectable used.
Also good for: Restoring facial volume, softening lines and wrinkles and enhancing lips.
Gravity, over time, can exacerbate the sagging of the soft tissues of the forehead, lowering the brow position which can create a tired, sad or grumpy appearance.
What to expect: The position and shape of the eyebrows are critical in defining the face. Careful use of Botox can adjust this balance to lift and enhance eyebrow shape and position. This treatment may also be supplemented with dermal filler to help support the eyebrow. The injections can be administered during one 20-minute appointment and have minimal downtime, although some bruising and swelling may sometimes occur. Expect effects to last between three to five months for Botox and longer with fillers.
Also good for: Restoring facial volume, softening lines and wrinkles.
Alternative treatments: Hyaluronic Acid Ultherapy.
Over time, the corners of the mouth can change whereby it flattens and angles downwards, due to the lack of supporting collagen and elastin in the skin.
What to expect: Targeting the muscle that runs diagonally from the corner of the mouth to the lower jaw, Botox can elevate the mouth for a more flattering shape. Injections are administered during one 20-minute appointment and have minimal downtime, although some bruising may occur. Expect effects to last between three to five months.
Also good for: Dramatically smoothing frown lines on the forehead, in between the eyebrows and crow’s feet around the eyes. Botox can also be injected into the neck, bunny lines (around the nose), to help reduce gummy smiles, teeth grinding, slim the face, aid headaches, excessive sweating (armpits, hairline, hands, feet and menopausal).
Alternative treatments: Hyaluronic Fillers and Ultherapy.