The face is our most expressive feature. It provides a means to experience our surroundings and a way to be appreciated by other people. For this reason, we all want to appear healthy, bright and as attractive as possible. However, time, genetics and the environment all have their influence – and not always for the better. Over the years, unwanted wrinkles, lines and sagging can create an aged appearance, so it's worth considering dermal fillers to restore youthful volume to your face.
Some people are reluctant to embrace change, and often for good reason. As a rapidly growing industry, cosmetic surgery has in the past suffered from tabloid journalists’ intent on garnering bad press. Everyone is familiar with stories of botched surgeries which resulted in immovable facial muscles and cartoonish features. Fortunately, times have changed and cosmetic surgery has evolved to become mainstream, with rogue operators banished and highly qualified practitioners taking the lead.
The variety of dermal filler products has also evolved and there are now several great product options for adding volume to facial features, while diminishing wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
Choosing dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle injections
The first step in selecting the appropriate product is understanding the difference between dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
Dermal Fillers: In situations where skin laxity is not extreme, dermal fillers assist by replacing lost facial volume. This is achieved by injecting a filler into sunken features. Many fillers consist of natural substances found in the skin that smooth contours while padding out wrinkles and folds. A more youthful appearance is the goal.
Anti-wrinkle injections: Injectables are used to smooth unwanted features such as crow’s feet and frown lines by blocking muscle and nerve contractions that take place under the skin.
Dermal fillers are used for a variety of applications:
- Softening wrinkles and facial creases
- Filling and enhancing sunken or shallow contours
- Plumping lips
- Improving the appearance of scars or acne damage
- An addition to other surgeries such as a face lift or brow lift
Dermal filler consultation
It’s important to understand the delivery method and function of your chosen dermal filler product. During your consultation with Dr Valente, he will evaluate your facial features and provide you with a realistic appraisal of expected outcomes.
The consultation is an opportunity for you to discuss your goals. You will also be expected to disclose any medical conditions, allergies or ongoing treatments that could have an impact on outcomes.
Dermal filler products
There are several great products available, all with unique characteristics to suit your needs.
- Hyaluronic acid fillers: These are made from sugar that is produced naturally by the body. These are useful for filling both shallow areas and deep skin folds. Hyaluronic acid fillers plump lips, fill hollows and restore volume to the face.
- Calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres: The product is made up of minerals that are similar to those found naturally in the body. As it is thicker than hyaluronic acid, the product can create more volume in deeper facial pockets such as sunken cheeks. The results can last for more than a year.
- Poly L-lactic acid: This product is biodegradable and made from synthetic material. It works by stimulating collagen production and is therefore not used for instant results. The natural regeneration is most effective when delivered in a series of injections over several months, with results lasting for around two years.
Dermal filler procedure and recovery
Facial features to be augmented are treated with an antibacterial agent plus an anaesthetic. The injection process is quite fast, and should take between fifteen minutes to one hour. Additional filler is injected as required.
As delivery methods have evolved, recovery times have also dramatically decreased. Dermal fillers don’t result in any downtime and regular work or activities can be resumed almost immediately. There may be some bruising or minor swelling, causing an initial over-filled appearance, but this will quickly subside. More information about the process, recovery or any other steps can be obtained from Dr Valente.
The dermal filler cost will vary according to the products chosen, although it’s a small price to pay for turning back the years and presenting your new and revitalised face to the world.