Dermal Fillers

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are special injectables that are used in skin treatments to make your face look exactly the way you want it.

 

While a dermal filler won’t produce the same nip and tuck as traditional facelift surgery, you will receive results that look inherently more natural.

A lot of clients appreciate the subtlety of dermal fillers since no one notices that your youthful glow is a result of aesthetic enhancement.

How do Dermal Fillers Work?

Dermal fillers are a type of gel that gets injected into your skin which contains specific ingredients that bind to things that are already in your skin.

 

Dermal fillers can help with:

  • Smoothing lines and wrinkles
  • Lip lines
  • Nasolabial folds (lines from nose to mouth)
  • Restoring lost facial volume
  • Smile lines

You’ll want to consider dermal fillers if you are experiencing volume loss in certain areas of your face.

 

When your cheeks begin to look hollow or lines are forming around your mouth, it’s a sign you’re losing much of the hydration and hyaluronic acid that keeps your skin looking young. Once dermal fillers are injected into your skin, they will produce an immediate improvement. You’ll notice a reduction in your facial wrinkles and your skin will look smoother overall. Instead of a deflated tired face , you can achieve a lifted skin and a refreshed appearance.

How Long do Dermal Fillers Last?

Dermal fillers usually last about 12 – 18 months (can last more or less depending on the dermal filler). The filler you receive will depend on the location and severity of the deflation and dehydration as well as your treatment goals.

What Happens During the Treatment?

Prior to treatment you should have a consult with your injector and photographs taken. During this visit, your past medical history should be discussed and what the objectives of treatment are. It’ll be essential for your injector to map out exactly where they plan on placing your injections. And it should be discussed which products will most benefit your skin.

 

Precision is key to producing a unique enhancement that looks completely natural.

 

First, your injector may numb the injection site, particularly if your lips are to be injected. The filler is injected either through a sharp needle or cannula depending on the area injected. Following your procedure, you will be able to return to your regular schedule. You might have some bruising and redness where the filler was injected but otherwise, you won’t experience any downtime. If there is any bruising we offer complimentary IPL to hasten it’s resolution.

Follow up Injection

As much as you may like your results from dermal fillers, they won’t last forever. To maintain your look, we suggest a regular review at 5 or 12 months depending on which type of filler is injected. Initially, you and your injector may decide on a treatment plan that includes a few treatment visits to achieve your desired aesthetic. Once achieved however, you will only need to come in once every six to twelve months for review. Dermal fillers allow you to customise your results. Rather than you having to adjust to the fixed nature of a facelift, dermal fillers give you flexibility and provide improvement according to your terms.

Is Dermal Filler Good for your Skin?

Yes, Dermal filler is good for your skin because it contains the same naturally occurring substance that’s already in your skin. Your treatment is versatile, efficient, with very few side effects and non surgical. We are also adding platelet rich plasma to fillers which will produce the double whammy of instant hydration and stimulate the production of collagen in the skin.

What Types of Dermal Fillers are Available?

  • Calcium hydroxylapatite
    • Used for nasolabial folds, marionette lines, frown lines
    • Enhances fullness to the cheeks
    • Hasn’t been tested on animals
    • Low risk of allergic reaction
    • Very few side effects, great track record
  • Hyaluronic acid
    • Removes or improves: acne scars, cheek depressions, crow’s feet, deep smile lines, frown lines, marionette lines, lip borders, burn scars, acne scars, injury scars, smoker’s lines, some facial scars, worry lines, etc.
    • One of the most popular dermal fillers
    • The same substance is found in your body
  • Polyalkylimide
    • Semi-permanent
    • Often used for plastic surgery
    • Used for more advanced filler treatment: plumping thin lips, deep wrinkles, enhancing cheekbones, etc.
    • Cannot produce an allergic reaction
  • Polylactic acid ( poly l lactic acid)
    • Used as a simulator to increase collagen production (more info later in the text)
    • Has been used for more than 40 years
    • Works best on lower half of the face (mouth, between nose and mouth)
    • Doesn’t work instantly (you will see results after a few treatments)
    • Semi-permanent
  • Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA)
    • Semi permanent
    • Medium to deep wrinkle treatments
    • Very efficient
    • Will usually take more than one treatment
    • Can take up to 3 months to see the results

Where can Fillers be Injected?

Dermal fillers can be injected into almost any part of the face and some other parts of the body.

 

The most common places are:

  • Cheeks
  • Mouth
  • Nose
  • Temples
  • Undereye bags

We will take a closer look at Temple injections and undereye bags:

Temple Injections

When it comes to facial rejuvenation, the temples are often overlooked. Your temples, located lateral to the sides of your eyes, can be one of the first areas of the face to show signs of ageing. During the ageing process, we lose volume in the temples. The loss of volume in the temples can have a profound impact on the appearance of the face, causing hollowing, sagging and making us look older than we are.


Volume loss in the temples particularly affects slimmer people who naturally have less volume to begin with. It can also be very noticeable in athletic people & those who have lost weight. Dermal filler injections are a very effective treatment for temple hollowing.


We use dermal filler injections to revolumise and restore your temples. Fillers to the temples will dramatically improve the shape and silhouette of your face, giving a refreshed and youthful appearance. The longevity of your temple filler treatment will depend on your age, the amount of dermal filler used, the placement of the dermal filler and the type of dermal filler product used. Practitioner knowledge of the anatomy of the arteries and veins and how to avoid these blood vessels is essential when treating the temples with dermal fillers.

Undereye Bags

Bags under the eyes — mild swelling or puffiness under the eyes — are very common as you age. With aging, the tissues around your eyes, including some of the muscles supporting your eyelids, weaken. Normal fat that helps support the eyes can then move into the lower eyelids, causing the lids to appear puffy. Fluid also may accumulate in the space below your eyes, adding to the swelling. Tear troughs, or dark circles under the eyes, are usually due to volume loss in that region, making you look older and tired.


The appearance of eye bags and tear troughs can be reduced through the injection of temporary dermal filler. Dermal filler in this area helps recreate the free flowing transition from the eyes to the cheek. Tear troughs can be corrected by injecting dermal filler directly under the hollow between the lower eyelid and cheek. This lifts the tear trough up to the level of the lower eyelid and cheek, thus smoothing the appearance of the area.


Dermal filler works best for under eye volume loss, but it can also be used in some cases to treat puffy bags. Often eye bags are caused by loss of volume in the mid cheek. When the mid cheek loses volume, eye bags appear relatively bigger, as the volume beneath them has fallen away. By replacing volume in the mid cheek using dermal fillers, it is possible to reduce this difference and therefore the appearance of eye bags. If bags or hollowness under the eyes are quite noticeable it is best to treat both the cheek and under eye area for best possible results.


Fillers placed in this area often last for many years. Usually one syringe or less of dermal filler is required for this area. How long a filler lasts under the eye area depends on how much is injected into the skin and its properties. Stiffer products may last close to two years while lighter products may only last 6 months. Techniques for injecting tear trough fillers vary. Our injectors prefer to use a cannula (instead of a needle) because it requires only one entry point to reach all the areas beneath the skin.


This reduces the risk of swelling, bruising and vascular complications, but there is always the chance that you’ll have slight swelling or bruising for 48 hours after. Remember that your undereye is a tricky area to get right and you should trust yours only to an injector with plenty of experience.

How Collagen Stimulators Work?

Collagen stimulators work by stimulating your own natural collagen production. A collagen stimulator is an injectable substance which is injected deep into the dermis or subcutaneous layer where it has been lost. The substance acts as an irritant, which in turn stimulates the growth of your own collagen. The stimulators aren’t really fillers, even though they are commonly referred to as that.


The function of collagen-stimulating fillers is to create collagen, whereas hyaluronic acid fillers add fullness & structure. Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, collagen stimulators should never be used in the lips or in small lines around the lips. The only places where this product should be injected are in the jowls, nasolabial folds, Marionette lines, wrinkles in cheeks & chin as well as recessed temple region. A consultation with one of our experienced practitioners is essential as collagen stimulators are not for everyone and if they are used in the wrong areas of the face, lumps and bumps can form.


Immediately after treatment you will see visible results, but this will subside over the course of a few days. After a few weeks you will start to see gradual changes in your face as the collagen grows. The most dramatic improvement will be seen approximately 8 weeks after your treatment, but you will continue to gradually produce collagen for up to 6 months after each treatment.


Collagen-stimulating injectables offer more than just a filling effect. In fact, while they give some initial volume, they really work over time to stimulate collagen for long-lasting fullness. During the first 24 hours after injecting, the fluid gets absorbed and the fullness that you initially see will start to dissipate. Collagen stimulators usually require multiple treatments to achieve the desired result. Results will appear gradually after 4- 6 weeks and improvements from collagen synthesis continues for 3 – 6 months. Depending on the age of the client and the extent of volume loss, we generally find that the majority of our patients may require 2 – 3 treatments.


There is some very important after care involved when using a collagen stimulator. You must massage the injected areas for 4 weeks post treatment, to avoid formation of nodules.

What Should I Expect After Having Dermal Fillers?

After having dermal fillers, you should expect to see the results either immediately or after a few weeks ( additional filler treatments). This largely depends on the type of dermal filler that was used.

What is the Difference between Anti-Wrinkle Injections and Dermal Fillers?

The difference between anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers is that anti-wrinkle injections stop signals from the brain that make your face wrinkle while the fillers fill your face with naturally occurring substance that help your face look more natural. You might consider receiving fillers in conjunction with anti wrinkle injections which are another form of nonsurgical enhancement that target the muscles that create creases in your skin. It’s not uncommon for you to exhibit volume loss and dynamic wrinkles at once but with dual purpose treatment, you can reduce facial lines regardless of their source.

If you’re interested in treatment with dermal fillers, you can consult with your cosmetic injector at Bayside Cosmetic Medicine Clinic. Together, you can discuss the issues you’re having with your skin and decide whether fillers can correct them. We encourage you to schedule an appointment at Bayside Cosmetic Medicine Clinic so that you can learn more about dermal fillers and how they benefit your skin. Contact (07) 3667 8970 and schedule a consultation. We’d be happy to explain the variety of fillers available and help you choose the right treatment regimen for you.

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