Many of my patients are hesitant to undergo dermal filler treatment simply because they have observed undesirable results in those whose treatment was too obviously overdone. Just as in the past Botox patients feared frozen-looking faces and skin being pulled too tight, dermal filler patients are now afraid of finding themselves with over-filled lips and cheeks.
I believe my ‘less is more’ philosophy to be the perfect antidote to these fears, and by far the best approach to dermal filler treatment. I never risk over-filling the cheeks; instead, I create a bespoke treatment, unique to you.
The key to achieving a natural and beautiful effect is to use to the best possible dermal filler for each area of treatment, and to ensure always that filler is placed in the optimum area. This is why I always keep accurate records of points injected and doses given. This then serves as a blueprint for future treatments, allowing easily reproducible and predictable results.
Dermal filler treatments can result in skin that is smoother, firmer, and generally more youthful-looking. They can also be used to diminish dark under-eye circles, and even rejuvenate the appearance of aged hands. The best method of treating your specific concerns will always be decided at an initial consultation – often, a combination of different treatments will yield the best results.
I believe in creating a natural, regenerated look that will attract compliments about how great you look, rather than comments about the procedure you’ve had done. Most of my patients tell me that their friends and spouses can’t quite figure out what has happened – only that everyone keeps complimenting them on how good they look!
Dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid and are injected into the skin or fat to smooth out lines and wrinkles by restoring that lost volume and lift. The hyaluronic acid attracts water to the skin and plumps it up so fillers can be used to hydrate your skin to give it the firmer look associated with youth. They are used to give a non-surgical facelift by injecting small amounts at strategic points around the face. This is something I have been specialising in for many years.
LIFT IS THE KEY.
Botox relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles while Dermal Fillers act by replacing volume, lifting and in some cases stimulating collagen production.
Botox is injected directly into muscles that cause frown lines between the eyebrows and the area around the side of the eyes to improve the look of crow’s feet.
Dermal Fillers aim to restore lost fullness to the face. These injectables can also be used to diminish dark under-eye circles and even rejuvenate the appearance of aged hands. Fillers are injected under the skin using a fine needle. Fillers work to fill in areas of concern such as deep set lines around the mouth or loss of firmness in the cheeks. They can also be used to give a non-surgical facelift by injecting small amounts around the face at various points.
Injectable Fillers have developed and improved dramatically since they were initially discovered. They provide a minimally invasive alternative to surgical procedures such as facelifts while still providing a great anti-ageing and rejuvenating effect. There is a wide range of dermal fillers available that target specific concerns. I restrict my practice to those products which have consistently demonstrated predictability and safety. The best Dermal Filler for your specific concerns is determined at your consultation.
A Dermal Filler injection is one of the few procedures that can instantly improve your appearance with little or no downtime. In my experience using the best possible filler for each area of treatment is key to achieving the most natural and beautiful effect. However equally important to the type of filler used is where the filler is placed that gives one the best look possible. Having the right treatments done, as well as having them spaced out properly, will give a more natural look, preserve your initial results and stave off the effects of ageing. It’s all about building upon your outcome with the right treatments so that you never look your true age – just a lot better than you would if you had let nature run its course. It’s what I call “Age Appropriate”.
Many women are afraid of Dermal Fillers simply because they have seen it overdone. Just as in the past women were pulled too tight or Botoxed to a frozen state, women are now afraid of over-filled lips and cheeks. A ‘less is more’ approach is by far the best approach; something I have always preached, practiced and taught.
In general, patients are mildly concerned about the potential pain factor involved with injections but almost all are surprised when the discomfort is negligible. The dermal filler contains a local anaesthetic and the product is injected into the skin with a very fine needle. A topical anaesthetic cream can also be applied to the skin before the treatment if a patient chooses.
As with any sort of injection there can be some bruising and minor swelling although this is not severe and usually settles within a couple of days. A patient that is prone to bruising can always take some arnica a week before the treatment, which will help. There are some proprietary gels, which I use, that will help with any bruising.
One of the benefits of Dermal Fillers is that you will see the results immediately after your treatment. However you will continue to see improvement over the next few weeks due to collagen stimulation.
It varies with the individual, but generally the results of a dermal filler treatment can last six to nine months or even up to eighteen months. It all depends on what Dermal Filler is used and where.