Ageing is inevitable. As we age we lose volume due to the breakdown of the facial support structure, collagen and elastin. The shape of our face changes, cheeks become hollow, lips thinner and naso-genian folds (creases from nose to lips) give one a tired, worn look. Smoothing out the folds and wrinkles or enhancing your lips with filler injections can make an enormous difference to one’s appearance.
Hyaluronic acid fillers are made of crystal clear gel which resembles that which occurs naturally in the body. This gel holds water, hydrating and giving volume, leaving your face with a natural expression. The filler is non-permanent and is absorbed naturally over time. The lasting effects depend on the type of filler used and the structure of your skin. Other factors such as lifestyle (smoking and exposure to sun can shorten the effect); age and the degree of perfection demanded will also influence the life of the filler. The average durability of fillers is 9 – 18 months.
Collagen fillers have one additional advantage in that they encourage the integration of fibroblasts. Fibroblasts are cells which produce new collagen within the implant thus there is always some degree of permanent benefit after the implant is absorbed.
During consultation with the doctor your expectations of the cosmetic effect will be discussed and the correct product identified e.g. fillers containing Hyaluronic acid or Collagen, fillers with a small particle used for fine lines or larger particles for deeper wrinkles, folds and lips.
Fillers are injected under the skin and can be mildly uncomfortable. A nerve block, similar to a dental injection is used when working close to the nose and lips because of sensitivity. Some injection-related reactions can occur, such as bruising, redness, swelling and tenderness at the injection site but clear after a day or two. A return to daily routine after treatment is normal.