Injectable Dermal Fillers - Aesthetica Skin Centre

Injectable Dermal Fillers

Dermal filler procedures are minimally invasive procedures. Injectable dermal fillers can plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases, reduce or eliminate wrinkles and improve the appearance of scars. Dermal fillers differ in chemical makeup, longevity and have varying degrees of softness. Softer fillers are used in the lips, while firmer fillers might be desired to enhance cheekbones. At Aesthetica Skin Centre, Dr Bianca Cowan will determine with you the best type and volume of filler needed for your particular areas of concern. Dermal filler procedures are an uncomplicated office-based procedure that can perfectly enhance a person's appearance. Facial fillers will volumise creases and folds in the face in areas that have lost fat and collagen as one age. Also, dermal fillers have shown to be very predictable, and the procedure has relatively minimal risks and side effects. 

Frequently Asked Question:

    There are many types of dermal fillers, while the two most common are calcium hydroxylapatite and hyaluronic acid. In particular, calcium hydroxylapatite is naturally found in human bones and is a mineral-like compound. It's often used nasolabial folds, marionette lines and frown lines. Calcium hydroxylapatite enhances the fullness of the cheeks and other facial contours. Another common type dermal filler is hyaluronic acid, which can improve the skin's contour and reduce depressions in the skin due to scars, injury or lines. You can see potentially dramatic improvements for scars, cheek depressions, crow's feet at the corner of your eyes, nasolabial furrows, frown lines, redefining lip border and smoker lines. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in your body. High concentrations are found in soft connective tissues and in the fluid surrounding your eyes. It's also in some cartilage and joint fluids, as well as skin tissue.
    The results are immediate, and you can resume your normal duties immediately after the procedure. Dr Bianca Cowan tailors to individual needs to achieve a more refreshed version of every patient. The procedure is safe, non-invasive, non-permanent and will naturally break down over time. Unlike surgical solutions, dermal filler treatments can be adjusted as you age, so you are never frozen in time and always look natural.
    During your dermal fillers consultation, Dr Bianca Cowan will discuss your goals, medical conditions, current medications or drug allergies, and the history of your previous aesthetic procedures. She will also evaluate and discuss your available options; examine and measure your face; take photographs; recommend a course of treatments; discuss the outcome of the filler used.
    Were you trained specifically in the field of aesthetic procedures? Are you registered with the Health Professional Council of South Africa (HPCSA)? Am I a good candidate for this procedure? What will be expected of me to get the best results? Where and how will you perform my procedure? How long of a recovery period can I expect and what kind of help will I need during my recovery? What are the risks and complications associated with dermal fillers? How are complications handled? How can I expect my skin to look over time? What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my procedure? Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for a particular procedure, and what results are reasonable for me? What will further costs implications be, should I need further treatments? What other aesthetic treatments could be done in combination with dermal fillers to obtain optimal results?

    References:

     

    American Society of Plastic Surguens, (2021). Dermal fillers: Minimally invasive procedures. Plastic Surgery Connect. Retrieved from: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/dermal-fillers/types

     

    Vedamurthy, M., & Vedamurthy, A. (2008). Dermal fillers: tips to achieve successful outcomes. Journal of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery1(2), 64–67. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2840909/       

     

    Wagner, R. D., Fakhro, A., Cox, J. A., & Izaddoost, S. A. (2016). Etiology, Prevention, and Management of Infectious Complications of Dermal Fillers. Seminars in plastic surgery30(2), 83–86. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4856531/



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