Reverse the visible signs of ageing with dermal fillers
As we mature, we lose volume in our face. This then leads to wrinkles, folds, hollowness and sagging. Dermal fillers are one of the most popular and effective treatments to reverse these signs and can easily correct this loss of volume and offer a much more youthful appearance.
How dermal fillers work
Dermal fillers are a non-invasive option to restore a more youthful appearance and volume to the face, especially the lips, chin, cheeks, jawline, area under the eyes and nose. In certain cases, dermal fillers can also be used to reduce the visibility and improve the appearance of scars. Dermal fillers work solely on the area of muscle receiving the injection, which allows the surrounding muscles to function as normal. This assists in the normal function of facial expressions, avoiding the ‘expressionless’ look that has been criticised in the past.
Dermal fillers are increasingly used to reduce necklines and in the treatment of brow lifts to achieve a more youthful arched brow, which rounds and softens the eye.
Static facial wrinkles are best treated with products called dermal fillers. At ICCM, we have a range of different types of treatments available, each with varying abilities and suitability.
What do dermal fillers do?
- Plump thin lips
- Enhance shallow contours
- Soften facial creases and wrinkles
- Improve the appearance of recessed scars
- Reconstruct contour deformities in the face
- Decrease or remove the shadow of the lower lids
Dermal filler treatment
The treatment is very quick and simple, as the filler is injected directly into the treatment area. Generally, there is minimal downtime with dermal fillers and most people return to their normal activities immediately.
Results are usually visible immediately after the treatment, however they will improve over the next 1 – 2 weeks. Some patients, especially those over 50 years of age, may experience localised swelling or bruising, which can usually be camouflaged effectively using makeup.
How long do dermal fillers last?
Dermal fillers integrate homogeneously into the skin for immediate and long-term results that last between 9 to 36 months, depending on product People who smoke or are engaged in vigorous physical exercise programs usually enjoy a shorter period of time.
Do dermal fillers hurt?
The pain associated with the injections is minimal. Many patients describe it as an ant bite sting lasting for a few seconds. Treatment takes around 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of areas you want to treat. Local anaesthetic is used on the area treated, which decreases discomfort. After the injections, the area may be a little swollen, but this will subside after a day or two.
How safe are dermal fillers?
The safety profile of dermal fillers is considered to be excellent. It has been used for patients with various conditions for over 10 years in over 60 different countries. As the gel is composed of mostly water, the body accepts it quite naturally and as it is elastic, it allows for normal facial expression and a very natural look.
Dermal Filler FAQs
Results are usually visible immediately after the treatment, however they will improve over the next two weeks. This is because fillers attract moisture and “mature” after they are injected in the skin.
Dermal fillers tends to work over a period of several weeks and require 3 or more treatment sessions before the results are visible.
You will be issued pre-operative instructions immediately after you make your decision to proceed. It is important to read and understand these instructions when preparing for a dermal filler in order to ensure the best possible results.
Those instructions may include:
- Refraining from smoking for several weeks before and after surgery
- Avoiding certain medications
Arranging for help following the procedure, such as transport and in-home care for the first 24 hours after you leave hospital.
Bruising is the most common side effect of any injection-based treatment. To minimise this, it is best to avoid anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin (unless for medical reasons) ibuprofen, fish oil supplements, green tea, garlic, ginkgo and other herbal products for a week prior to the procedure. All these products are known to thin the blood and increase its clotting time, hence increasing the risk of bruising. Please inform our staff if you are using any medication at the time of your initial consult.
Alcohol also increases the risk of bruising and its consumption should be kept to a minimum the day before your procedure. We also encourage our clients to commence arnica tablets a few days before treatment. Arnica is a herbal supplement and is known to reduce the risk of bruising. It is available over the counter in most pharmacies.
(Note: If you have a history of cold sores, please notify us at the time of initial consultation as soft tissue filler treatment can cause a cold sore flare-up. You may be required to take prophylactic anti-viral medications prior to the injection of any dermal fillers.)
A dermal filler treatment starts at $499.
Dermal Fillers Sydney
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