What are dermal fillers?

We use the safest dermal fillers available and these are mostly complex sugar molecules that plump the skin. These natural molecules exist normally within the skin and have become the dermal filler of choice for dermatologists and plastic surgeons around the world. They are fully degradable complex sugar molecules which have been used around the world for several years now with an outstanding safety record.

How do dermal fillers work?

These are in the form of a clear gel. It is injected into the skin to fill the lip, wrinkle or fold. Once in the skin, it creates volume, resulting in a healthy and vital appearance. When injected into the lip it can restore a more natural and/or sensuous look. In contrast to other biodegradable implants, these complex sugar molecules are not extracted from animals. This means no risk of allergic reaction. Therefore, it is perfectly safe to use instantly without pre-testing.

What areas respond the best to treatment?

Lip enhancement is the most popular application of fillers. In addition lines on the upper and lower lip smooth and fill nicely with this product. Deeper wrinkles and folds in the cheek areas (nasolabial, melolabial and lines at the corners of the mouth) are the next most popular site for filler use. Other areas treated include the cheeks, under the eyes, jawline and acne scars. These fillers can also be use as a non-surgical rhinoplasty (‘nose job’) in certain suitable patients.

Is it safe?

These sugar molecules occur naturally in the skin and therefore also dissolves naturally with time and is integrated into your body’s tissues. There is an exceptionally low rate of skin reactions to this product. One huge advantage of these fillers is that an antidote can be injected which results in dissolving of the product within 24 hours. This gives patients the option of reversing the treatment if they don’t like it.

What do treatments involve?

The treatment is performed by injecting the clear gel under your skin. The procedure can usually be done in less than one hour. Many patients like the added comfort provided with an anesthetic cream, while others prefer an anesthetic block. This makes the treatment relatively painless.

How long does it last?

Depending on the area treated, most folds and wrinkles require maintenance or repeat treatment. The product lasts in the skin for 6 to 12 months before being naturally dissolved.

How will I look after my treatment?

Following your injections, normal activities can be resumed immediately. Discomfort is minimal although there is often some tenderness in the injected area for 2 or more days. The treatment site will usually have some swelling, although this often is not noticed by others. Lips are more prone to this transient swelling than other areas.

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