How does the face change over time?
As you age, you get hollowing of the temples causing the brows to drop. The fat pads under the eyes reduce resulting in formation of tear troughs or under eye hollows. You lose fat at the back of the face around the cheeks which causes the skin to fall forwards giving rise to nasolabial folds, marionette lines, downturned mouth corners and jowls. All of this results in squaring of the face. Hence you start looking tired, sad and exhausted.
So rather than using dermal fillers to chase lines on the face such as the nose to mouth or mouth to chin lines, you will get a far superior result if the filler is placed strategically in areas of volume loss. This will help “pull” the skin back giving a more youthful appearance. Whereas just filling up the lines gives an “over-filled” or cushion appearance.
What are dermal fillers and how can they help?
Dermal filler is a gel like substance containing hyaluronic acid. This acid is also present in skin and is responsible for retaining moisture and keeping the skin plump. By adding hyaluronic acid to the skin, dermal filler add volume by attracting and holding on to moisture. This results in hydrated skin and its plumpness is enhanced. Dermal fillers also stimulate collagen production over several weeks thus strengthening the skin. The main brands of fillers are Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero and Teosyal. Most fillers contain lidocaine which help reduce discomfort during injections.
Juvederm have brought out a premium range of fillers with Vycross technology. This allows cross-linking of lower molecular weight hyaluronic acid molecules resulting in a smoother product that integrate better with the skin. In practice this means that the product is easier to inject, it is less painful, has a greater lifting potential and because it blends well with skin, the result is more natural in look and feel.
At Luxe Skin we only use the Juvederm premium fillers called Volbella, Volift and Voluma. Volbella is a light filler suitable for under the eyes, forehead and upper lip area. Volift is a medium strength filler used all over the face for volume and lift. Voluma is the highest strength filler that is used in areas which need the most volume and lift such as the cheeks and jaw.
What are the benefits of dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers provide a fast and effective method of rejuvenating the skin. The procedure is minimally invasive with little downtime. The results are visible instantly and settle after 2 weeks. They continue to improve for 3 months due to collagen stimulation. Fillers can correct lines, add volume, enhance facial features and also help in lifting the face. They are great at improving the ageing skin and give it a youthful plumpness. Hyaluronic acid fillers are reversible as they can be dissolved with an enzyme called hyaluronidase (Hyalase) which turns the filler into water. Hence most of the complications can be easily resolved in this way.
The main treatment areas for dermal fillers are:
- Under eye hollows or tear troughs
- Nose to mouth lines
- Smokers lines on upper lip
- Lip volume
- Jaw contouring
- Chin contouring
- Nose reshaping
- Liquid facelift by adding filler in strategic points thus lifting the face