There are a number of dermal filler or soft-tissue injectable options available today. They effectively enhance areas such as cheeks, lips, chin, brows, nasolabial folds, mouth corners, and nose.
Dermal fillers can be injected into the face and are often called “liquid facelifts” because they offer many of the benefits of a surgical facelift without the downtime. Although they can’t help with excess sagging skin, these soft tissue fillers can add more volume and provide immediate results at a lower cost than surgery. Dermal filler treatments aren’t permanent, however, and they must be repeated and maintained.
Dermal fillers can also be used to achieve a non-surgical rhinoplasty with minor corrections made to the nose shape, especially for Asian and African patients who wish to lift the bridge of their noses and/or refine the nasal tip.
Dr Vlad Milovic administers dermal fillers at his Melbourne practice. As Dr Milovic’s patient, you will be entitled to an ongoing VIP discount on continuous anti-wrinkle injection treatments.
Packages are also available if you wish to book ahead and secure ongoing anti-wrinkle injection appointments to maintain your refreshed and rejuvenated look.
A dermal filler procedure is often used in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections.
Injectable fillers are used for cosmetic reasons and can help to:
- Plump thin lips
- Enhance shallow contours
- Soften facial creases and wrinkles
- Improve the appearance of recessed scars
A dermal filler is comprised of an ingredient that is produced by the human body called hylauronic acid. The main advantages of this class are that allergic reactions are virtually non-existent and no pre-treatment skin testing is required (because of its compatibility with the human body). These compounds bind water similarly to the way a sponge absorbs water. Because of this, they hydrate the skin in the treated region and act as a cushion. Several manufacturers are coming out with different versions of these types of fillers, and formulations can vary with the size of molecules (governed by the amount of crosslinking) and other components of the injectate (such as local anesthetic to help decrease the discomfort associated with injections).
A newer class of fillers has been introduced that is based on microsphere technology. Microspheres are tiny round particles of solid material that are relatively uniform in size. Two formulations are FDA approved for use, differing in design and expected longevity of results. These products are used for volume replacement and for deep facial wrinkles (such as the nasolabial folds). They are not approved for use in the lips.
Some other brands of dermal fillers contain microspheres that are made of calcium hydroxylapatite suspended in a gel carrier. The filler is broken down by the body in two phases, first the carrier and then the spheres. During this process, collagen ingrowth occurs, which is expected to provide a long lasting effect. This prolonged degradation process makes a longer lasting filler, with expected results lasting a year or more.
Anti-wrinkle injections are often mistaken as an injectable filler; however they are not the same. While anti-wrinkle injections are also used for cosmetic purposes and work to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, it works in a different way than fillers. Anti-wrinkle injections work by relaxing the muscles that surround wrinkles. It may be used in conjunction with injectable fillers to improve results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do Dermal Fillers work?
Dermal fillers are used to restore fullness and lift in the face and work effectively on worry lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines. They can also soften the appearance of acne scarring. Dermal fillers, however, cannot get rid of deep wrinkles, but can prevent them from becoming more pronounced. They are injected into the upper layers of skin and most patients react extremely favourably to the treatment and are delighted with the outcome. Side effects can occur which may include slight bruising, tenderness, and small lumps, but these usually resolve within a day or two.
Where will the procedure take place?
Dr Milovic will only perform your dermal filler procedures in safe, accredited facilities.
What is the recovery time?
You can return to normal activities immediately following treatment. Swelling and bruising near the injection sites may be visible for one to two weeks.
How long does the treatment last?
The effects normally last between 9-18 months.