Additional Procedures

What Are Facial Fillers?

Facial fillers (also known as dermal fillers) are used to restore your natural, youthful appearance by filling up and reducing the severity of fine lines or wrinkles, plumping the lips or filling out minor areas of the skin that have lost their elasticity.

Facial fillers are an excellent substitute for surgical facelifts and are also known as “liquid facelifts” as no surgical procedure is required.

Facial fillers show immediate results by adding more volume to the skin at a lower cost than surgery. Their only drawback is that they cannot repair excessively sagging skin and need to be repeated every year or so to maintain their effects.

Are facial fillers permanent or temporary?

Dermal or facial fillers can be temporary or semi-permanent. The temporary fillers consist of natural body tissues usually extracted from other sites on your own body, to allow better tissue acceptance and adaptation.

These tissues include fat, collagen, hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite. They are mainly used for fixing minor or slightly moderate skin imperfections.

Semi-permanent fillers are made of 20% Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres suspended in 80% purified collagen gel. They are used for more moderate or severe wrinkles and pitted skin surfaces.

Facial fillers treatment

When you go for a dermal filler treatment, the doctor takes into consideration what result you desire for your skin and assesses your skin condition and skin tone. He then marks the sites on your skin which need filler with a pen. These are for guidance when he begins injecting the material.

The areas to be injected are then cleansed with an antibacterial agent to avoid any infections and a local anesthetic is applied to the areas.

Sometimes the filler materials contain some amount of anesthetic themselves. You’re done with the entire procedure in just a few minutes and you may apply ice to the area to ease any discomfort. Remember not to apply too much pressure upon the injected areas as this could cause movement of the fillers.

After Treatment

Once you have had your treatment, you can resume all your daily activities and even apply makeup, being careful not to add pressure to the treated areas for some time. Occasionally people experience some swelling or bruising but this subsides within a few days and is not a reason for concern.

Your doctor may overfill certain areas if human fat is used as the filler, but this too subsides as some of the natural fat gets absorbed into the body tissues.

Facial fillers are not permanent and re-treatments are needed as you age and filler materials absorb. The rate at which this happens determines how often you will need retreatment.

Fillers cannot stop your natural aging process but till then, they are a great way to rejuvenate your skin. You can even have them done while you consider a surgical facelift at a later stage.

Are there any drawbacks to facial fillers?

They are non-invasive and come with minimal drawbacks, so having facial filler treatment is a great way to look and feel young and beautiful all over again!

Botox

From a bacterium by the name of Clostridium botulinum, a ‘botulinum toxin A’ (more commonly known as BOTOX) is produced. This toxin is used world-wide for the cosmetic treatment of fine lines or wrinkles on the skin, along with other medical uses such as treating severe underarm sweating, uncontrollable blinking, misaligned eyes and Cervical dystonia (muscle spasms of the shoulders and neck).

How does botox work?

Botox treatment for temporarily reducing fine lines or wrinkles is done by injecting small amounts of the toxin into the area of the skin that needs to be treated. Once injected, this toxin works by paralyzing the muscles responsible for the certain movements they produce which in turn cause the wrinkles and fine lines. When an area of paralyzed muscle doesn’t move, the overlying skin cannot fold, so wrinkles themselves don’t form.

Are there side-effects?

A general concern is the side-effects of this toxin if it infects your bodily organs. The botulinum toxin is highly neurotoxic and may cause complications if it is allowed to enter the body and infect organs. But, Botox is safe for cosmetic treatment because it is only used superficially in the skin to paralyze minor muscles and never enters the body to cause any harm. It has been rendered safe for cosmetic anti-wrinkle shots, so do not worry. Botox is a great way to reduce your lines and wrinkles, and is completely safe.

The good thing about Botox treatment is that there are minimal side effects such as allergic reactions and it shows great results when trying to achieve the aim of reducing wrinkles. The catch is that must be used accurately, only on the precise site it needs to be used on. If injected on the wrong site, it could cause drooling (when used to reduce lines around the mouth) and drooping eye-lids (when used for reducing wrinkles around the eyes).

You may also not be able to raise your eyebrows much. So, just make sure you go to an experienced cosmetic doctor and you’re all set to enjoy the beautifying effects of Botox.

How long does botox last?

The effects of generally last up to 3-4 months but can also sometimes last up to 8 months. Needless to say, Botox injections need to be redone at regular intervals. Botox does not cure or remove your wrinkles, it simply suspends them temporarily. The advantage here is that it isn’t permanent, so if you don’t like the results, they shall go away and you have the opportunity to try other treatments.

Botox is great for anyone who desires removal of their “crow’s feet” or severe glabellar (frown) lines. Millions of people world-wide are getting Botox treatments done to look fresh and young again, as it is a much faster procedure than surgery with almost immediate results. If you feel you need Botox treatment, try it out! Chances are, you’ll love the ”vanishing wrinkles” effect and you’ll want to have it done over and over again!