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Facial Aesthetics - Maroubra

Dermal Fillers

As our bodies age, our skin also ages and begins to show changes that may be undesirable. The fat and collagen underlying our skin begins to diminish due to the natural aging process. Therefore, our skin starts to sag and develop wrinkles. One way to correct these effects is a surgical procedure called a facelift, which is costly and is an invasive procedure that has risks. Dermal fillers are a minimally invasive procedure with little or no recovery time, which costs less then surgery and has minimal risks. Dermal fillers have become a very trendy way to address the aging process.

Dermal fillers can be injected into areas with fine lines and wrinkles. Most of the problem areas include the area around the eyes, brow, bridge of the nose, mouth, jaw line and cheeks. Other areas that can be enhanced by dermal fillers include the lips, which can look fuller and younger after an injection. Scarring from injury to the face or acne can also be corrected with dermal fillers.

There are many different types of dermal fillers which include human collagen, hyaluronic acid, donor tissue fat and even one’s own fat (autologous fat). Each of the dermal fillers has different strengths and weakness, some last longer than others, sometimes a combination of different fillers may be used for best results. Dermatologists can formulate a specific treatment for each individual patient.

Human collagen does not require skin testing and therefore may be more favored. Hyaluronic acid gives skin volume by binding to water and requires no skin testing. Autologous fat is usually taken from the thighs, buttocks or stomach by a micro liposuction procedure. Calcium hydroxyapatite degrades slowly; therefore the result is longer lasting. Some other dermal fillers include, poly-L-lactic acid, polymers and collagen related implants, and many new products that are constantly being researched.

Common side effects of dermal fillers include bleeding or bruising after the procedure. Allergic reactions have also been reported. Superficial beading of the overlying skin immediately after the procedure may be disturbing to the patient; reassuring the patient that it usually resolves spontaneously with time may be necessary. Patient should expect some degree of pain during the injection and redness for up to 36 hours after the procedure. Application of ice to the injection sites can decrease these symptoms.

Anti-Wrinkle Treatment

What are anti wrinkle injections used for?

They are used for treating frown lines, forehead furrows, peri orbital lines (crow’s feet), lip (smoker) lines. It is also used for preventing excessive perspiration in underarms and hands and to reduce the effects of ageing on the back of hands.

How does anti wrinkle treatment work?

The Botulinum toxin blocks the nerve transmission to the muscles under the skin. Facial lines formed by the dynamic action of underlying muscles then diminish or disappear.

Who is suitable for anti wrinkle treatment?

It is suitable for most people apart from those who are pregnant or breast feeding or those who suffer from certain muscle disorders.

Are anti wrinkle injections painful?

Not really, most people only experience a mild temporary discomfort.

How will I look after the treatment?

There is a slight redness immediately after, which settles within a few hours. Application of ice helps and it is easily covered with makeup.

What can and can't I do after the treatment?

Within 4 hours of the treatment people are advised not to do vigorous exercise, drink excessive alcohol or lie down flat. Otherwise life can carry on as normal.

When will I notice a difference?

It starts to work in about 3-5 days. The greatest effect is seen after about 1-2 weeks.

How long will anti wrinkle treatment last?

3-6 months depending on each individual’s own response. Repeat treatments have been shown to last longer.

Does it leave my face numb?

No. There is no sensation change to your skin.

What are the side-effects?

It is a very safe treatment. However, side-effects can occur but are rare. They can include slight bruising at the injection site, slight drooping of the eyelid which would only last for a week or so, and headaches.

Will it 'freeze my face' and leave me expressionless?

No, definitely not. Our training enables us to minimize any possible loss of facial expression by injecting specific muscles responsible for the wrinkles.

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"Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner."
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