The ageing process is associated with thinning and dryness of the skin caused by loss of collagen and elastin fibres, bone atrophy and a loss of facial fat, resulting in a tired look, superficial lines and wrinkles, lowering of eyebrows, droopy eyelids, deepening of tear trough and nasolabial folds, loss of volume in cheeks, “smoker’s lines”, narrow lips and loss of jawline definition.
Dermal fillers are temporary, soft implants which are made of non-toxic, cross-linked, resorbable substances such as: hyaluronic acid (Juvederm, Restylene, Belotero, Perfectha, Aliaxin, Neauvia organic), polycaprolactone (Ellanse) and calcium hydroxyapatite (Radiasse).
Dermal fillers are commonly used to diminish the appearance of the signs of ageing on the face, neck, décolletage and hands as well as intimate parts of the body (Labial puff). They are also used for “beautification” when minimal interventions result in an improvement in facial features, resulting in a more attractive appearance. The most popular procedures in this category include the non-surgical 'nose job' and chin reshaping in males and females alike.
Applications of dermal fillers differ depending on the type of the products and its qualities. Some are used to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on forehead, crow’s feet or “smoker’s lines”. Others help to lift the skin reducing folds such as nasolabial folds or Marionette’s lines. Some are used for deeper volume replacement in temples or cheeks whilst others are used for facial contouring for example cheeks and jawline.
The longevity of dermal fillers ranges from 6, 12, 18 to 24 months following which they become reabsorbed and eliminated from the body. Whilst in the tissue they have an ability to stimulate production of collagen meaning that maintenance treatment may require less of the product to be injected next time.
Synthetic dermal fillers such as Ellanse or Radiasse remain in the tissue for 24 months allowing for fewer treatments, more collagen stimulation and tissue regeneration compared with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Ellanse has been shown to improve facial features over time resulting in only 50 % reduction of effect after 2 years compared with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers.
Injections are carried out with a sterile needle or a cannula using special injection techniques including MD codes described by Mauricio De Mayo a Brazilian plastic surgeon and a global Allergan trainer. The procedure is generally pain-free, although some minimal discomfort may occur. Local numbing cream can be used 30 minutes before the procedure
TIME 30 – 60 minutes per treatment session
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:
Redness, swelling, tenderness, infection, bruising, under correction, overcorrection disturbances of blood flow in the injected area, visual loss, hypersensitivity reaction, granuloma formation. More than normal pain and colour change in the injected area should be reported and treated immediately by a trained and experienced practitioner.
Immediate filling and volumising effect giving a fresher and more youthful look. Full integration of dermal fillers with tissues occurs within 4 to 6 weeks of injection.
Mild swelling and tenderness for 24-72 hours is common, but will resolve spontaneously. Bruises may appear immediately or with a delay for up to 2 days. Treatment should be planned in advance of social functions leaving enough time for recovery.
Painkillers are generally not needed after dermal filler injections. Arnica may help with bruises as may eating pineapples which are rich in bromelain. Avoid applying make-up immediately after treatment and stay away from heat, cold and strenuous physical exercise. Gently massage the injected area in case of nodules or irregularities.
Injectable treatments are not without complications, however they can be managed. It is very important that you let us know of any adverse reactions or unexpected signs and symptoms you experience during or after treatment and this is part of the contract between us.
In order to maintain the effects of dermal fillers it is necessary to repeat treatment every 6-12 or 18-24 months depending on the type product used.
PRICE: from £250 to £450