The safety, effectiveness and versatility of dermal fillers have transformed the cosmetic world and how we approach the ageing changes in the face. We used to think that aging was caused by gravity. Research has shown us that aging is multifactorial. Aging is the result of bone loss, changes in the soft tissue and the breakdown of collagen and elasticity in the skin. That is is why a facelift is not going to make you look like you did when you were 20.
At Vital Face and Vein in Wellington, our doctor is an expert in the field of injectables. We are also one of the few practices where the doctor performs injectable treatments. Dermal fillers are a smooth gel injectable filler made from hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring substance in the body) used by our cosmetic doctor to effectively soften those deep folds and lines that develop over time in the face. In addition to the nasolabial folds, it’s also very commonly used to enhance the size and shape of lips, cheeks and total facial rejuvenation.
WHAT ARE DERMAL FILLERS USED FOR?
The primary use is to add volume back to your face. Over time, areas of the face naturally lose volume as a part of the aging process. By injecting a filler into these areas of the face, we can smooth out wrinkles and folds by adding back that precious volume that has been lost.
At Vital Face and Vein, we use the best technology available on the market. The Teoxane range of fillers are manufactured in Switzerland and include the unique patented long-chain hyaluronic acid fillers Resilient Hyaluronic Acid or RHA.
WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED?
- Marionette lines
- Corners of the mouth (smoker’s lines)
- Lip borders and vertical lip lines
- Smile lines (nasolabial folds)
- Facial symmetry
how is the filler injected?
This filler is injected into the skin to create volume, resulting in a healthy and rejuvenated appearance. Using a very fine needle or cannula, to minimize pain or discomfort, our doctor will inject small amounts into the area where results are desired. The injections create volume by filling your lips, wrinkles or folds, for a more youthful appearance. When injected into the lip it can restore a more natural and plump look. This treatment is generally quick and simple. Afterwards, you may experience some very minor side effects including swelling, redness and some tenderness. These side effects do not usually last more than a day or so.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
You will see immediate results of the injections after the procedure. Although, you may have some swelling right after the treatment, so your face will appear more volumised. Within a few days, the swelling will go down. It can take up to 4 weeks for the filler to hydrate and integrate into the skin and the final result is seen.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Treatments vary among patients, however, on average, patients need 1 – 2 treatment sessions, each 4 weeks apart, to experience the best results.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Generally, the effects last for about 12-24 months, but this varies slightly from patient to patient. Injections can be repeated as necessary.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?
The side effects are minimal, but common side effects can include localized pain, inflammation, redness, itching, bruising and/or swelling. These are all normal side effects and disappear within a few days.
Serious complications are very rare, and the doctor will go through all risks at the time of your consultation.
HOW MUCH DOWNTIME IS REQUIRED?
There is very little social downtime after a treatment. You may have some swelling, numbness and redness for a few hours following the procedure, but you will be able to go back about your daily activities as soon as you feel comfortable with how you look.
DO DERMAL FILLERS HURT?
The products have anaesthetic incorporated into them, so this will numb the area as the area is treated. Ice and a topical anesthetic can be applied if needed, however, most patients find the discomfort of the treatment acceptable.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Each patient’s needs are different, so there is no one set cost. We will assess your personal needs and let you know how much your treatment will cost. Treatments generally start from $720 and 2 tubes of filler cost $1250.
CAN TEOSYAL AND BOTOX ® BE USED TOGETHER?
Yes. The mechanism of action for Teosyal is different from Botox® because Teosyal adds back volume whereas Botox® simply stops muscle contraction. These very different methods yield different results. However, these popular injectables are often used together to give you greater results. We use Botox ® to prevent new wrinkles from forming and Teosyal to fill the ones that you already have. Additionally, studies have shown that by combining these two the results of the treatment will last longer. By minimizing muscle contractions with a neuromodulator, the effects of a filler last longer. During your consultation, our doctor will let you know if this combination will work for you.
TEOSYAL RHA® filler
TEOSYAL RHA® are trademarks of the firm TEOXANE SA. These products are a gel that contains hyaluronic acid, and 0.3% by weight of lidocaine hydrochloride They are class III medical devices.
Caution for people on blood-thinning medicines.
Local side effects: inflammatory reactions (redness, oedema, pain at the point of injection), haematomas, itching, temporary loss of sensitivity around the injected area, disorders of pigmentation in skin and hair, abscesses, indurations, nodules (possibly granulomas).
General manifestations: immediate hypersensitivity up to anaphylactic shock, migration of the implant.
Rare but serious adverse events associated with the intravascular injection of soft-tissue fillers in the face have been reported and include temporary or permanent vision impairment or blindness, skin necrosis and stroke.
Lasts 9 -12 months.
Please consult your doctor pharmacist for more information.
Please refer to instructions for use, a local distributor. Healthcare Logistics, Auckland.
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