wHAT IS A DERMAL Filler?
Injectable dermal fillers are used to treat the entire face creating a more youthful look. The main symptoms treated with dermal fillers are the following:
- Smooth out lines and wrinkles
- Restore/add volume
- Shape and contour facial features
- Hydrate the skin
Dermal Fillers utilizes the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid (HA) available in addition to the rejuvenating properties of non cross-linked HA.
HA is a naturally occurring sugar found in the body. It is a key component of the skin’s ability to retain water and therefore stay moisturized. The absorption of water creates volume and elasticity. As the skin ages, the body’s ability to produce HA is reduced causing loss of volume and wrinkles to develop.
HOW IT WORKS
The skin is generally comprised of 3 major layers, the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous. The epidermis is the outside layer containing skin cells that are constantly renewed. The middle layer is the dermis, holding both collagen and elastin. Collagen provides support to the skin while elastin provides strength and flexibility. Finally, the deepest layer, the subcutaneous, is under the dermis. This layer supports the two above it. HA is found within all layers of the skin, holding moisture and keeping the skin hydrated.
In younger skin, cells are renewed very quickly, but this process slows down significantly as the body ages. By slowing down, the skin has less HA, collagen and elastin to support it causing the skin to thin. Combined with external elements such as sun exposure, diet, stress etc. the skin loses volume, sags and develops lines and wrinkles. Repetitive movement as well as gravity can also contribute to the look of aging skin.
Dermal Fillers are used to temporarily add HA to the skin, restoring volume and filling in lines and wrinkles. The gels integrate naturally into the tissue and allow vital nutrients such as oxygen and hormones to continue to pass through the skin. After time, the HA will be naturally broken down and absorbed by the body.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND
The HA used in the Revanesse products is obtained through non-animal sources, making it safe for medical use. It is put through a proprietary bonding process called Thixofix cross-linking to make it more durable so that it is longer-lasting in the skin. This technology creates a gel that is smooth integrating naturally into the skin as well as greatly reducing undesirable side effects of a treatment. Thixofix technology results in high quality, safe and long-lasting dermal fillers.
The key ingredient in ReDexis- dextranomer beads- is made of biocompatible sugar molecules that stimulate new collagen production. This new collagen will stay at the injection site, providing natural augmentation long after the HA has been absorbed. The end result is increased volume to the injection site and a longer-lasting, more natural look.
BENEFITS OF DERMAL FILLERS
Immediate and Long-Lasting Improvement
Dermal Fillers are used to fill in wrinkles, restore volume in the face and rejuvenate the look of the skin. Results are instantaneous and due to the proprietary cross-linking technology used, results are long-lasting and after time, harmlessly broken down by the body.
Minimally Invasive and Easy to Perform Procedure
The procedure is quick, simple and non-invasive. A procedure can take as little as 15 minutes to complete.
Safe and Effective
The Revanesse family uses the highest concentration of HA- a key component in the skin’s ability to hold water and stay moisturized. The HA used in Revanesse is obtained through non-animal sources and is specifically for medical use. Revanesse products are biodegradable and biocompatible. It is broken down naturally within the body.
Natural Looking Results
Dermal Fillers can be used to create balance and symmetry, enhance and augment facial features and create or restore volume in the face. The gel integrates naturally into the skin.
Dermal Fillers are now available with Lidocaine for added patient comfort.
A patient is able to get back to their daily routine after the treatment with little to no downtime required.
The Thixofix cross-linking technology creates a gel that is safe, smooth and easy to inject while ensuring maximum durability and longevity.
In the rare event that the patient is not satisfied with the results, the use of a simple enzyme, hyaluronidase, can easily and immediately reverse the treatment.
DERMAL FILLER BRANDS - WE CARRY IN THIS CLINIC
Currently, in the area of fillers the most popular medicine in the world is based on Hyaluronic Acid, which includes brands like Juvederm, Restylane and Revanesse.
REVANESSE DERMAL FILLERS LINE
The Revanesse family of products incorporates the latest advancements in cross-linking technology, resulting in high quality, safe and long-lasting dermal fillers. Revanesse products are biodegradable, non animal-based, clear HA gels designed for various indications. The products are safe and effective providing immediate results for the patient. The line consists of:
Before a treatment makeup and all other cosmetics should be removed to ensure the skin is clean. This can be done using an astringent or facial cleansing lotion. Using cold water will ensure that pores are not dilated. It is strongly advised to not take any anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. Aspirin, Advil etc.) at least 3 days prior to treatment as they may increase swelling or bleeding at the injection site. It is also recommended to avoid alcohol, fish oil, ginkgo and omegas before treatment as well.
For the first day or so after the treatment, try to keep the face relaxed by not making any highly expressive facial movements and avoiding any strenuous exercise. It is also important not be exposed to extreme heat (e.g. sauna, tanning bed, etc.) for a few days after the treatment as this may reduce the longevity of the results. Unless instructed to, do not massage the injected area. Makeup can be reapplied immediately after the treatment.
It is important to remember to avoid the following things immediately before/after the treatment:
• Advil, aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs
• Fish oil
• Strenuous exercise
• Extreme heat or cold
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FILLERS
WHAT ARE FILLERS?
Fillers enhance soft tissue augmentation. They are temporary gel based fillers made up of hyaluronic acid, naturally found in the body. It fills in the space between your skin providing volume, fullness, as well as retains water.
Fillers are FDA-approved made up of a biodegradable, non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid (NASHA).
ARE FILLERS SAFE?
Fillers are very safe. The types of Fillers used in our office are hyaluronic acid Fillers. Our body simply breaks down the product within a few months. Although Fillers is not recommended for women pregnant or breastfeeding.
WHICH FILLER PRODUCT IS RIGHT FOR ME?
There are many types of Fillers on the market. They all do the same thing, however, depending on what area treated, some Fillers work better than others. During your consultation, our cosmetic injector will assess your face and then recommend the best type of Filler that will achieve the best results.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?
Typically after a consultation, the procedure can take up to 40 minutes.
WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO SEE RESULTS?
The nice thing about fillers is it's pretty much instantaneously. Patients say they can see a difference right after a treatment. However, the skin needs to settle after Fillers and once any swelling subsides you can see the true results about a week later.
HOW IS IT DONE?
Fillers are injected into the soft tissue with a needle. There is a local anaesthetic inside the syringe which makes the treatment more comfortable. Our cosmetic injector likes to keep her patients extra comfortable. She applies a topical anaesthetic before injecting as well as uses ice if necessary to add more numbing. (This also decreases the chance of bruising).
HOW LONG WILL RESULTS LAST?
Fillers can last between 6-12months on average; results vary from person to person. To keep your Fillers lasting longer, it is recommended to maintain and come for "touch ups". The average person will do a Filler treatment 1-2 times a year.
ARE FILLERS PAINFUL?
Most patients say they feel the initial injection, similar to a tiny pinch. It also depends on the person injecting you. Our Doctors and Nurses are well known for their light hands and patients love this, it makes the treatment a lot more comfortable.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DECIDE NOT TO CONTINUE WITH FILLERS? WILL I LOOK WORSE?
No. Your face will never get worse if you stop using Fillers or when it wears off. Fillers do not stretch the skin either. If anything Fillers stops and slows the aging process. When you stop getting treatments, the “aging clock” resumes as normal, you will simply return to where you started.
WHAT WILL I LOOK LIKE AFTER FILLER INJECTIONS?
Right after the procedure, patients may notice some swelling and redness It does subside within a few hours to a few days days. (each person is different). Right after a Filler treatment to give you an idea for some areas you can excpect the following:
lips will look fuller
cheeks will look fuller, lifted and contoured
nasal labial folds will appear softer and less heavy looking
marionette lines will look softer and less sagging
ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH FILLER TREATMENT?
Minor complications can occur; they are generally easy to manage. Filler side effects can include some swelling, redness, bruising, and may have some mild discomfort. These are temporary and usually do not last long. After a Filler treatment a person can expect to resume to their normal routine. (Post care instructions of what to do and what not to do will be discussed).