Dermal fillers are used to replenish lost volume and so turn back the clock of the aging process. The most commonly requested areas for fillers are for the nose-to-mouth lines and for defining or plumping the lips, but most of the face can be treated. Below are some of the common areas treated.
There are several types of filler material and most are based on hyaluronic acid which occurs naturally in the body. Hyaluronic acid (known by manufacturer names such as Restylane, Juvederm and Teosyal) is a gel which immediately plumps up the skin and lasts up to 1 year. It is naturally absorbed by the body and has been successfully used in fillers for almost 20 years. Problems have been associated with permanent fillers and I have never used these.
Scars can be improved, reducing their appearance and visibility. Normally just a small amount of filler is required for this.
Filler treatment normally takes about 20 – 30 minutes and signs of treatment after are usually minimal and can be covered with make-up. Anaesthetic cream is often used for comfort although many of the fillers incorporate an anaesthetic. Further anaesthetic can be provided as needed. I have experience in the use of cannulas which minimise the need for anaesthetic, any discomfort during the treatment and any swelling or bruising afterwards. Filler effects are immediate – you will look better the moment you leave and the effects normally last 9-12 months (6 months for lips) but can last for longer.
Filler treatment areas
Restylane Brochure - click to read
Vectoring is a ‘liquid face lift’ therapy which can lift more of the face with less filler. It is used especially for nose-to-mouth lines, marionette lines at the corners of the mouth and for jowling. As blunt-tipped surgical cannulas are used for vectoring it is a remarkably comfortable procedure for the degree of improvement provided. Please see the link below for this treatment and what it could do for you. www.radiesse.eu/professionals/three-vs.cfm
Mesotherapy uses very light fillers to rejuvenate the skin and has a similar effect to skin peels. A combination of vitamins and hyaluronic acid is placed just under the surface of the skin and these stimulate rejuvenation and carry out repairs. The skin of the face, neck and hands can be treated, and it is recommended to have the treatment repeated twice for the first month, and then once each three months to maintain the results. Please see the link for more information about mesotherapy treatments.