Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Filler
What is hyaluronic acids dermal fillers?
Dermal filler is a product that is injected or placed into the dermis. It can be used to reshape and fill areas of your face, smooth out wrinkles , raise scar depressions, enhance lips, and replace soft-tissue volume loss. It’s a very popular nowadays as a newest and fastest way to help improve the youthful appearance and fullness of facial skin.
There’s two classes of dermal filler, permanent and temporary. One of the most popular temporary dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid based fillers (i.e Restylane, Juvederm, Esthelis). Hyaluronic acid is a substance found naturally in the body, and over time the dermal filler breaks down via normal body processes. We only use dermal fillers based on hyaluronic acid of non-animal origin, thus there’s no or very minimal risk for allergic reaction.
Where can it be used?
The following indications are commonly treated with dermal fillers:
- Frown lines and glabellar lines (angry wrinkles)
- Eye brow
- Tear through (hollows under the lower eyelid)
- Nose and nasial bridge
- Cheek augmentation
- Nasolabial folds (the foldfrom the nose to the corners of the mouth)
- Smile lines
- Lip enhancement
- Chin augmentation
Hyaluronic acid fillers are appropiate for skin of color, as these are colorless gel. Cosmetic dermal fillers should not be used to rejuvenate the hands, injected into the breats or any part of the body other than the face.
Some dermal fillers are used in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation treatments such as injections of botulinum toxin. Our doctor will pick the appropiate one depending on the needs of the patient.
Is it safe?
Dermal fillers are minimally invasive and generally very safe. Side effects are uncommon but can include limited allergic reactions (hypersensitivity), localized bruising, reactivation of an existing herpes infection and redness or swelling at the injection site. Hyaluronic acid based filler is considered a best choice in terms of allergic reaction compared with other dermal fillers derived from animal sources.
How is the treatment done?
Most injectable fillers are administered in just a few minutes. We may apply topical or injectable anesthetics to manage any discomfort. Your doctor will use a thin needle to inject the dermal filler into the wrinkles, folds, or scars where treatment is desired. Some minor initial discomfort is normal, most patients are comfortable returning to work or other daily activities immediately.
Some scars and deep lines require multiple injections to achieve your desired results. Keep on mind that these treatment are not permanent, however, and they must be repeated and maintained.
How long will it last?
Much of the difference you see after your initial dermal filler injection will be due to swelling; you should see the 'real' results after about 3 days. The results can last from six months to sixteen months, depending on the filler being used and your skin condition. Location can also affect the duration of results, for example, fillers tend to provide results that last significantly less time in the lips (5 to 6 months), compared to nasolabial folds.
What should I be aware of after treatment?
- Do not do strenuous exercise and avoid consumption of alcohol for 24 hours after treatment
- Avoid any extended exposure to sun or uv light, heat or freezing temperatures for two weeks.
- It is recommended not to apply make-up for 12 hours after the injection
- If you have swelling at the injection site you can apply an ice pack for a brief period.