What are dermal fillers and how do they work?
As we age, facial volume deflates due to the loss of muscle, fat, and bone and the decreasing elasticity in our skin. The result? Lines, wrinkles, and folds.
Dermal Fillers, such as Revanesse® are made from hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a natural occurring sugar found in our bodies. In its natural state HA is a liquid. Companies like Allergan (JUVÉDERM®), Prollenium (Revanesse) turn HA into gels through proprietary processes creating HA dermal fillers. These gel fillers come in a range of gel thicknesses and when injected into the face they provide contour and restore volume which leads to a natural, more youthful appearance.
What else should I know about HA dermal fillers?
It’s extremely important to have a full medical consultation prior to considering dermal fillers. Because dermal fillers are injected under the skin and are long-lasting it is important to determine if it is safe in your circumstance to use dermal fillers. Most individuals with volume loss are candidates for filler but some people may have contraindications to use depending on their medical history.
Restoring volume loss in the face is both an art and a science. Training is very important and at ArtMed patient safety is our number one priority. Our injection staff are rigorously trained and undertake regular educational updates to stay abreast of best medical and aesthetic practices. Our priority also includes achieving a natural appearing restoration of volume loss. Achieving symmetry, balance and harmony is part of the art of dermal filler injection and at ArtMed we are known for our artistry with dermal fillers. Not too much, not too little, just right in the right place. As a rule, we believe less is more.
We carry two types of HA dermal filler at ArtMed. Prollenium makes Revanesse which is a Canadian line of fillers manufactured here in Ontario. This filler line is known for its purity and is very natural appearing to the body. This line of fillers includes Shape, Contour, Ultra, Kiss, Rev+ and Pure. ArtMed also carries Belotero Balance which is made by Merz.
JUVÉDERM® is an industry leader and is made by Allergan in Ireland. It’s product range includes Volux, Voluma, Volift, Volbella and Volite, Ultra and Ultraplus XC.
What can you expect after fillers?
Recovery from dermal filler injections is typically quick. There is always a risk of bruising especially with lip filler injections. Improvements with filler are immediate but because fillers draw water to them the results continue to improve for 3-4 weeks after treatment. Fillers will last from 6 to 18 months depending on the product. With dermal fillers we can plump the cheeks, provide lifting in the cheeks and improve the jawline, reduce the appearance of jowls, marionette, and nasolabial folds, and reduce hollowing in the temples. Dermal filler treatment can provide a refreshed and younger looking you.
Significant contraindications include pregnancy or breast feeding, and allergy to bees or wasps. Be sure to have a thorough consultation before considering HA dermal fillers.