Dermal Fillers

FACIAL FILLERS

LWH-117There are other treatments that can be used to correct wrinkles or small scars on the face. Different substances can be injected into a line, crease or scar to plump up the skin underneath.

Collagen is a well-known example of such a ‘filler’ but the effects can be short-lived and it may cause an allergic reaction. There are several other alternatives such as Artecoll, Hylaform, Perlane or more commonly Restylane. These are injected in a similar way to Botox and have very few side effects. Two-thirds of the injection is likely to be present one year after the procedure, but it will need to be repeated to maintain the results.

There may be some swelling or tiny bruising, but this usually settles within 24 hours. You would be advised to refrain from exercise or any strenuous activities for 1-2 days until the best results are seen.Some of the first signs of aging can be seen in the smile lines (nasolabial folds), crow’s feet (lines around the eyes), and glabellar furrows (lines on the forehead).  While some lines can be considered a sign of character, deep furrows and lines can give the impression of tiredness and age.  Softening these lines will convey a message of youthfullness and vitality.Patients who are typically apprehensive about procedures with needles do quite well with Dr. Shah’s finese technique.  His knowledge of facial anatomy allows him to block certain nerves, making the experience pain free.

Use of fillers differs from women in several regards.  Men tend to have thicker skin than women, which can make “thin” fillers less effective.  Heavy fillers are some of the newer fillers on the market including Perlane, Juverderm Ultra Plus, and Radiesse.  “Heavy fillers” work better in men for several reasons.  First of all, thicker fillers last longer than their counterparts, making repeated visits to the physician less relevant.  The heavy fillers are placed in a deeper layer of the dermis than the thinner fillers, which allows for larger amounts of filler to be placed without compromising a natural look.

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