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Introduction to dermal fillers
At PHI Clinic, we use a new generation of dermal fillers the Juvéderm range from Allergan, the world leaders of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic products. They create subtle enhancements and their advance products contain Lidocaine to help numb the treated area simultaneously during treatment. This has proven to improve patients’ experience.
What are dermal fillers?
The term “dermal filler” encompasses a wide range of products, and is an expression which describes treatment that adds volume and structure to the face. Due to extensive clinical research and progression in the industry, horror stories and the bad press that has been associated with injectable treatments is fast becoming extinct.
What type of facial fillers are used?
At PHI we use hyaluronic acid fillers; a natural ingredient that is found in the body, but diminishes as we age. They are a popular means of adding volume to the facial structure, creating a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. They work to iron out wrinkled, crepey skin and give a much fuller look. Due to the high levels of hyaluronic acid, they also attract and retain water, improving the skin’s appearance and texture.
The most popular fillers we use are from the VYCROSS® range by Allergan:
Volbella is designed specifically for the lip and mouth area. The smooth gel is injected by the physician using an ultra-fine needle. It has been developed to give a soft, malleable feel. The gel fills in lip lines and wrinkles, augmenting the lips and perioral areas.
Voluma is used to replenish lost volume, especially in cheek area, as it can improve the overall shape of your face. The volumiser works to add support to the skin and to fine tune your natural beauty.
Volift can be used on various areas, including the lips, the nasolabial folds and around the brow line. It is used to compliment the other products and elevate the features, reducing the appearance of medium to deep lines and depressions.
How many session will I need, and how far apart can I have them?
The procedure takes around 30-45 minutes and patients can expect to notice the effects for as long as 18 months after treatment. There is even precedence of results lasting up to 24 months in some cases.
Am I a suitable candidate?
Facial fillers can be used on a wide range of patients, and is primarily used for skin rejuvenation and the reduction of lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to treat scarring in some cases. Other suitable candidates are those seeking to add structure and volume to the face.
There is no known risk to those who are pregnant or breast feeding, but we would advise against having treatment under these circumstances.
Who will perform the treatment?
We believe that only medically trained clinicians should perform injectable treatments. The result of treatment is only as good as the practitioner.
Dr Tapan Patel, Owner and Director of PHI Clinic, has practised in the medical field for over seventeen years, and has been a Cosmetic Dermatologist for the last fourteen years. Not only has he performed treatment on a wide range of patient types, he also has an artistic eye, bountiful experience and teaches his advance skills to delegates internationally.
Likewise, Dr Raj Acquilla is renowned for his expertise in injectable treatments, with a wide client base who travel globally to see him. Having seen over 20,000 patients, Dr Acquilla has ample experience and an extensive skill set. He, too, trains medical professionals on how to inject safely, correctly and for best results.
What areas can be treated?
These are wrinkles that form in the corner of the eyes. They can be caused by ageing, sun exposure, expressions and smoking.
When we contract our forehead muscles, deep lines can materialise. Also referred to as an “11”, frown lines form in between your eyebrows. Over time, these lines start to linger and prove to be a bugbear for many.
The use of fillers can smooth and fill out these crepey lines, creating a much softer, younger-looking appearance.
Located just below the corners of the mouth, the marionette lines can make you look sad or angry when relaxing your face.
Thin lips are not necessarily a result of ageing; many men and women are born with thinner lips. If you would like to add volume, but avoid an exaggerated look, PHI Clinic can use the most advance fillers to enhance your natural lip shape.
Also referred to as “smile lines”, these lines run down the sides of the nose to the corner of the mouth. Most of us notice these when smiling, laughing or talking, but over time they can develop into static lines.
Ageing usually contributes to volume loss. The round, full look diminishes as the fat pads in our cheeks gravitate downward.
Inevitably, the skin loses its elasticity and firmness over time. Sun damage in particular can contribute to this aged look on the chest area, and the thinning of the skin can amplify the neck bands, adding years to your appearance.
Is there any downtime?
With any injectable treatment, there can be some slight bruising or swelling that accompanies it. This should not persist much longer than a day, and is easily coverable with makeup.
I'm scared about having treatment, as most articles illustrate celebrities who have had bad work or who get trout pouts as a result.
Tabloid newspapers love to sensationalise. Fact. Sadly, there are people out there who have have botched cosmetic work done, and as a result have exaggerated, excessive looks achieved by dermal fillers. In the past, facial fillers have contained harmful ingredients that are either too bulky and robust for the area they were used for, or had side-effects associated with them.
Being a relatively young industry, it is comparatively very advance and forward-thinking to say traditional medicine, which has taken hundreds of years to fine tune to the standard that it is of today. In the last twenty years or so, the cosmetic industry have managed to develop new ways to treat patients for a whole range of indications and conditions, and have drastically improved the way patients are treated, the results that can be achieved, and how they come about.
Rest assured, if the clinician uses the correct type of product, and has the required skill-set needed to inject, results can be exquisite and sophisticated.
Are they permanent?
While there are permanent fillers available on the market, we do not use them at PHI, nor do we believe in them.
We promote the use of temporary fillers, as patients should have the ultimate say on what they would like from their treatment. If permanent fillers are used, there runs the risk of the patient not liking the result achieved and not being able to reverse the effects of treatment.
With HA fillers, not only are the results temporary, they can also be reversed with a special product called hyalase. The majority of reverse work carried out at PHI, is those who have had treatment elsewhere. We state to filler patients that it is reversible, and this work can be done at PHI, to add reassurance. You will always be in control of your results.
Will my face be lumpy after treatment?
This is a possible side-effect to treatment, yes. Patients are not advised to massage the area themselves, as this may move the product. After a few weeks, your clinician will invite you back to make minor adjustments, if needed. They use a special massage technique which settles the product and what is left will be the final result.
Will my family and friends notice I've had work done?
9 times out of 10, family and friends do not notice you’ve had cosmetic treatment done, and that’s great! It is much better for people to recognise something has changed, commenting on how refreshed you look and how good your skin is looking, than for them to exact what kind of treatment you’ve had. Wouldn’t you agree?
We realise this is a barrier for many when they are considering dermal fillers; you would like discrete results which enhance your assets, not an entirely alien look. We agree with this ideal whole-heartedly, and always treat our patients with this in mind.