As we all know, our skin changes as we get older. A lot of these changes occur underneath the skin surface as we lose elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid (HA) from the dermis (layers under the skin). These are key ingredients for keeping our skin structure youthful, hydrated and contoured.
Dermal fillers (such as lip fillers) can help replace the hyaluronic acid that we lose as we get older - this is a naturally occurring sugar found in every part of our body. By replacing what we have lost, we can regain a youthful structure and glow.
The products I use are Teoxane and Juvederm - both are well researched, have excellent clinical backing, and give beautiful results.
All HA dermal fillers are temporary and usually last between 6-12 months, sometimes longer. Dermal filler results can last longer and be even more impressive when used in combination with anti-wrinkle Botox® injections (when indicated).
Dermal filler can be used to add structure to the cheekbone areas, creating a lift in this region of the face. This treatment combats a range of issues, and is usually the starting point for treating the face as a whole, for a more holistic approach. It gives lift in the mid-face, creates more defined cheekbones, and balances the facial proportions.
Dermal filler can be used to enhance the jaw line, giving more definition to the jawline borders. It can also be used to given a more feminine or more masculine appearance. Often used with chin filler to give the best overall result. Treatments can be tailored to either give a subtle enhancement or a more chiselled, obvious jaw line.
Dermal filler can be used to add structure to the side profile, usually involving a combination of cheek, lip, nose and chin/jawline techniques (although not everyone needs all this to achieve a more balanced profile). This treatment is unique to each patient and something we can discuss in detail if you are interested in achieving this.
Age changes under the eyes are one of the most common complaints we have as we get older. Some people develop eye bags which can only be removed surgically. Some people lose volume under the eyes, making the eyes look sunken, tired and dark beneath. Restoring this lost volume with a subtle filler treatment here can work wonders and is extremely effective. This treatment is not suitable for all, and I will be able to advise you of your suitability for this at your consultation appointment.
A course of skin booster injections (usually 3 appointments, each 2 weeks apart) can be prescribed to give the skin everything it needs to be healthy and glowing. A facial from within as I like to call it! Very superficial filler is placed in several parts of the face, which contains not only hyaluronic acid, but a cocktail of vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants. This coupled with the intense hydration of the skin this treatment gives, results in glowing, healthier and younger looking skin.
Dermal fillers are mainly comprised of hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring sugar present all over the body. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of the ingredients that helps to give skin its structure, volume and hydration. The concentration of HA diminishes with age and hence the structure, volume and hydration of the skin reduces as we get older. The HA used in dermal fillers is synthetically made. However, once within the skin it quickly becomes incorporated and ultimately replaces what we have lost.
Once injected into the skin, hyaluronic acid becomes part of your natural HA matrix. The filler can be massaged and moulded into the desired areas to improve appearance and correct a multitude of problems. HA will continue to settle and take up water for the first 1-2 weeks following application, full results can therefore be evaluated after approximately two weeks have elapsed.
We all produce the natural antidote to HA, which is an enzyme called hyaluronidase (“hyalase”). Hyalase breaks down our naturally occurring HA over time (which is why we lose it in the first place) and it does the same to the synthetic HA; this is what causes the HA in dermal fillers to wear off over time.
Dermal fillers are very safe, this is due to the fact that HA occurs naturally in the body. However, they are not indicated (suitable) for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, this is due to the fact that clinical trials have not been carried out.
Following treatment, some redness, swelling and\or bruising may be noticeable. Whilst everything possible is done to avoid this, I always recommend that dermal filler treatment be planned with respect to any upcoming engagements - you should expect to look your best approximately 2 weeks after application.
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