Dermal fillers are one of the most popular treatment options and help to diminish
facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face. As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat, elasticity and the ability to bounce back.
This is important because the gravity is constantly and consistently acting on your skin, pulling it down and stretching it out, adding to this loss of facial volume.
The facial muscles are then working closer to the skin surface, so smile lines and crow’s feet become more apparent.
Other factors such as sun exposure, heredity and lifestyle also affect our skins.
This happens so slowly, so incrementally, that we are never aware of it unless we notice wrinkles,
lines, skin that looks stretched out or other signs of aging in the mirror.
Dermal Filler injectables are aimed to restore volume to the face, remove wrinkles and restore radiance.
• Soften facial creases and wrinkles
• Cheek depressions
• Crow’s feet at the corner of your eyes
• Deep smile lines that run from the side of the nose to corners of the mouth (also known as nasolabial furrows)
• Frown lines between the eyebrows
• Reconstruct contour deformities in the face
• Plump thin lips
• Enhance shallow contours
• Improve the appearance of recessed scars
• Decrease or remove the shadow of the lower lids
• Early signs of aging
• Value-added part of facial rejuvenation surgery.
• Acne scars
• Marionette lines at the corners of the mouth
• Redefining lip border
• Scars including burns, acne and those caused by wounds
• Smoker’s lines; vertical lines on the mouth
• Some facial scars
• Worry lines that run across your forehead
It is important to remember that dermal fillers are temporary treatments for facial aging and that ongoing treatments will be needed for long-term results.
Dermal fillers are for the candidates with the skin stretches due to aging, who are physically healthy, do not smoke, who are committed to maintaining good skin health and have a positive outlook and realistic goals in mind for the improvement of their face.
Dermal fillers are very predictable and have relatively minimal risks and side effects, the procedure can be a simple office-based procedure that can nicely enhance appearance.
At Prolase Medispa our specialists will evaluate your facial appearance and skin tone and examine the areas of your face to be augmented. Strategic points on your face may be marked as the appropriate injection sites for the filler. Photographs may be taken of the areas to be treated. The injection sites will be cleansed with an antibacterial agent. Injection usually takes only a few moments per site, however depending on the number of areas to be treated, the whole process of injecting, massaging, evaluating the result and additional filler added as needed may take from 15 minutes up to one hour. Pain at the injection site may be ameliorated by use of a very cold instrument to chill the skin, anesthetic ointment to numb the skin or injection of local anesthesia. The injections are usually not painless however easily tolerated. Once the results are deemed satisfactory any markings will be cleansed off. You will be offered an ice pack to reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort.
Although the area may feel a bit tender for a day or two, it is usually not painful enough to require any medication. Recovery time varies for each patient and for each type of filler injected. You can resume most activities right away, but it is generally recommended that you avoid intense physical activity for the first 48 hours to minimize swelling and bruising. When your own fat is the injected filler, the healing process is longer and may take a few weeks.
Risks and Aftercare
At Prolase Medispa our specialists will discuss your specific risks and the recovery plan prior to scheduling your injections. Your appearance after treatment with any dermal filler may include swelling or bruising ranging from mild to severe, an “overfilled” appearance to treated areas, temporary numbness or redness, palpable lumps or hard areas at the injection sites or hypersensitivity reaction that can seem like an allergic reaction with hives and swelling. Most conditions can be alleviated with topical icing and massage and will improve within a matter of hours or just a few days. Some reactions may require more aggressive treatment with medications or injections.
You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure, as well as the risks and potential complications.
Severe complications from dermal fillers are uncommon. Risks vary depending on the specific filler used and the relative permanence of the filler substance and include: skin rash with itching, skin redness, under- or over-correction of wrinkles, blindness, skin necrosis (ulceration or loss of skin from disruption of blood flow), acne-like skin eruptions, asymmetry, bruising, bleeding from the injection site, swelling, damage to the skin that results in a wound and possible scarring, infection at the injection site, lumps, palpability of the filler under the surface of the skin. These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent.
In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single procedure. Most fillers do dissipate over time. To maintain your correction, you will need to consider repeating the injection process at intervals.
The FDA issued a warning to healthcare providers and the public about serious complications that can occur if dermal fillers are inadvertently injected into blood vessels in the face. The complications could possibly include vision impairment, blindness, stroke, and damage and/or necrosis of the skin and underlying facial structures. Caution should be used to ensure proper placement of the filler material, and patients should be informed about the potential adverse effects and how to recognize symptoms of impending serious complications.
Allergy or hypersensitivity to one of the components in the product preparation, including lidocaine
Recent use of aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or herbal supplements known to affect coagulation and hemostasis
Active infection near the site of injection.