Not Having to Choose: Why We Love Injectable Fillers
January 29, 2018
Catherine Deneuve once famously quoted that eventually, “a woman has to choose between her bottom and her face.”
Choose between maintaining a youthful face or having a great body? Impossible to decide! At the Plastic Surgery Clinic, we would like to debunk this particular myth, as we continue our series into personal journeys and achieving our goals.
Step four – Fillers
A natural part of the aging process is the loss or atrophy of fat deposits in our face, most noticeably in the cheeks and under the eyes. As volume decreases, the overlying skin is no longer being supported and will begin to sag. This can lead to a more gaunt appearance which is associated with an older face. Injectable fillers act to replenish these fat deposits by filling in the line, crease or depression to renew a youthful fullness.
What exactly is a dermal filler?
At The Plastic Surgery Clinic we use a variety of Hyaluronic Acid fillers. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a naturally occurring component of skin and connective tissue, that acts to plump, hydrate, repair and preserve moisture. HA is the most commonly used Dermal Filler due to its’ effectiveness and use in a variety of formulations.
Not every filler is suitable for every wrinkle. Hyaluronic Acid fillers come in hydrophilic (water loving) and hydrophobic (water repelling) formulas. The water loving formulations become fuller and softer inside the body to give volume in cheeks, fill in deep lines and re-create youthful fullness. For areas of limited volume loss, such as under the eyes, we don’t want to create a puffy or ‘too full’ appearance, so we use hydrophobic Hyaluronic Acid fillers to give a subtle but youthful lift in volume.
Hyaluronic Acid is also used for our lip injections. Whether you born with thin lips, have asymmetry in your upper or lower lip, are bothered by lips that may be out of proportion with your face, or have noticed a gradual atrophy of lip volume over time, a lip injection can help create a full, even, voluptuous pout.
And yes, it’s all needles. Don’t worry – we make it a comfortable experience for everyone! By using a topical numbing agent and the smallest possible needle gauge, we are able to deliver beautiful, natural, youthful results with limited discomfort. Most fillers last from six to twelve months depending on where they are injected. Studies have shown that Hyaluronic Acid injections lead to natural collagen production at the site of injection, leading to less filler required over time, less often. Of course, individual results vary, but we work with our patients individually to ensure optimum results.
Facial fillers and lip injections are about subtlety and precision. We take very great care at The Plastic Surgery Clinic to ensure our injection Nurses are not only trained in the medical aspects of injection procedures, but in the artistry of the practice. Aesthetic beauty is often a combination of symmetry and balance. Our injection team treats each of our patients with individuality and care, to ensure the most beautiful, personalized results.