“Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance in the human body that absorbs water, hence causes a smoothening and filling effect. After injection, it acts like an inflated cushion to support facial structures and tissues that may have lost volume or elasticity. As a result, the treatment area will plump up as wrinkles, depressions or folds virtually fills out, resulting in skin looking fresh and supple. Scars and deep lines might require multiple injections to achieve your desired results. Common sites for deeper tissue fillers are the nasolabial folds and marionette lines, or to enhance fullness in the cheeks. Popular areas to add volume and fullness include the lips, cheeks and nose bridge. For smoothing and plumping lines and wrinkles, areas include around the forehead, eyes, mouth, chin, neck, décolletage and hands.”
- Reduced appearance of lines
- Enhanced facial shape
- Non-surgical, no downtime
Most filler are made of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural occurring substance in our body especially in our joints, cartilage and tissues. One molecule of hyaluronic acid is able to attract 20 molecules of water. When injected into tissue, it will attract moisture or water molecules to itself, giving an immediate filling effect. Over time, it will continue attracting water to itself so the injected area looks volumized, bouncier, and smoother.
Most people are suitable for hyaluronic acid filler treatments. Since this acid is already found in the body, there is no risk of any allergic reaction. However it is still best to consult your doctor before undergoing any filler procedures.
It is not painful as numbing cream will be applied to the treatment area. Most filler have numbing agent inside as well.
Common indications are:
- Sunken cheeks
- Tear trough
- Laugh lines
- Depressed temples
- Loss of volume on forehead
- Recessed chin
- Depressed nose-bridge
- small lips (not so common in Asia)
Most fillers effects are immediate after injection. However, initially may have some swelling and top up sometimes are necessary after 1-2 weeks of initial injection.
Dermal fillers usually last around 12 months
Dermal fillers can be dissolved using hyaluronidase.
It is a lunchtime procedure and usually takes around 30 minutes. Staffs will clean the area and numbing cream will be applied. After numbing cream being wiped off, injection can commence after doctor has marked out the injection points. Antibiotic cream will be applied to injection sites.
It is advisable not to consume alcohol after treatment as it may cause bruising. Patients who had dermal fillers into the nose are advisable to avoid contact sports for few weeks. Otherwise, patients can reapply make-up and continue on usual daily routine.
The procedure typically requires about a half hour.
First, our doctor will mark strategic points on your face as guides to the appropriate injection sites for the filler as part of your treatment.
Your injection sites will be mildly cleansed and right before the injections, a cold compress will be used to further numb the treated area. The actual injections will take just a few minutes in total. Depending on the area treated, the skin may be lightly massaged for the desired correction.
After the injection, the marks will be wiped away and an ice compress on the injected area to reduce any temporary discomfort that you might have. At this point, you may apply makeup, but be careful not to apply pressure to the treated areas, as doing so may result in movement of the dermal filler.
Q: Does the treatment hurt?
There can be some discomfort that is described as a mild pain or a burning, itching sensation. However, this discomfort is usually minimal and is very well tolerated.
Q: How many treatments do I need?
Usually two sessions are recommended. No special pre-op preparation or post-op precautions are necessary. Patients can immediately return to their normal everyday activities.
Q: Are there side effects?
Studies over 10 years have shown no side effects or risks associated with this procedure if performed correctly. There is over 95% of patient satisfaction and over 93% of the partners noticed a difference after the procedure is done. There is no downtime. Patients can return to their normal everyday activities. It is recommended that you avoid any sexual activity for 72 hours after the procedure.