As we age, our faces begin to show the effects of gravity, sun exposure and years of facial muscle movement, such as smiling, chewing and squinting. The underlying tissues that keep our skin looking youthful and plumped up begin to break down, often leaving laugh lines, smile lines, crow’s feet or nasolabial folds and other lines in our face.
Soft tissue dermal fillers such as collagen, fat, Restylane and Juvéderm, can help fill in these lines and creases, temporarily restoring a smoother, more youthful-looking appearance. When injected beneath the skin, these fillers plump up creased and sunken areas of the face. They can also add fullness to the lips and cheeks.
Dermal fillers may be used alone or in conjunction with a re-contouring procedure, such as a facelift.
The procedure starts with applying an anaesthetic cream to your skin which reduces the pain from injection. Your surgeon will then inject the chosen filler into the desired site. This procedure is best for treatment of chin area, lips, nasolabial folds, lines around the eyes, between the forehead and nose bridge.
After the treatment you may feel a slight swelling and bruising, but it will gradually improve after two days.
Dermal fillers are eventually metabolized by the body, hence the results are temporary. In some patients the results may last only a few weeks; however in others, the results may be maintained indefinitely. Researchers believe that age, genetic background, skin quality and lifestyle as well as the injected body site may all play a role in the injected material’s “staying power.”
The majority of patients find that at least half of the injected fullness disappears within 3-6 months when using Restylane, and 9-12 months when using Juvéderm. Therefore, repeated injections may be necessary in order to maintain the result.