The natural aging process inevitably leads to a loss of volume in certain parts of the face and a change in the distribution of fat. These changes, as well as skin aging, are responsible for the appearance of facial wrinkles and deep lines.
Injectable dermal fillers can improve contour, correct certain dysmorphic features, and restore volume loss thus counteract the effects of aging. Dermal fillers can also correct or camouflage certain facial imperfections such as a bump on the bridge of the nose, pronounced dark circles, and a weak chin.
Dermal fillers are also frequently used to augment and define the contour of the lips.
Combined with complementary treatments such as upper or lower blepharoplasty, botulinum toxin injections, CO2 laser resurfacing or laser treatment for hyperpigmentation, dermal fillers can significantly improve the appearance of the face.
The injection sites will be cleansed with an antibacterial agent. Pain at the injection site may be comforted by use of a very cold instrument to chill the skin, anesthetic ointment to numb the skin or injection of local anesthesia. While not painless, the injections are usually easily tolerated.
Injection usually takes only a few moments per site. The process of injecting, massaging, and evaluating the result is performed, and additional filler added as needed. Depending on the number of areas to be treated, the whole process may be as short as 15 minutes, or as long as an hour.
Dermal fillers provide immediate results that look natural and do not require downtime. It is a simple technique which generally only leads to slight local side effects (bruising, swelling). Patients see beautiful, elegant results that define their treatment area and create a youthful, shapely, and hydrated appearance.