Dermal Fillers For Facial
Dermal fillers are one of the most important treatments in the fight against aging. It has changed the way we approach and view anti-aging procedures. When the first hyaluronic acid filler Restylane was approved in 2003, it ushered in a new era in cosmetic medicine. Dermal Fillers For Facial
Together with other treatments such as Botulinum Toxin and non-surgical threadlifts, dermal fillers and non-invasive procedures now make up the largest growing portion of the aesthetic medical market. Minimally invasive procedures have risen 180% since 2000, with more than 15 million procedures performed in the USA alone.
Dermal Filler Procedures Are On The Rise
Once taboo, more and more men and women are undergoing filler treatments to either rejuvenate, augment or sculpt their faces. There are several leading Hyaluronic Acid filler brands – Restylane, Juvederm, Teosyal, Belotero. On top of that, there are non-hyaluronic acid fillers as well, such as Radiesse and Ellanse. These fillers work by stimulating collagen to provide volume support, lift skin and improve skin texture.
Dermal Fillers: (Too Much) Magic in A Syringe
Fillers are nothing short of magic. With a gel, injected through a tiny needle, almost any area of the face can be improved, either through restoration of lost volume, sculpting, lifting, or improvement of wrinkles and folds. When introduced into the skin via the Skinboosters procedure, fillers also improves skin texture, hydration, skin tone and elasticity.
The ease of getting the procedure done – along with minimal down time post-treatment, means that not only more and more people are undergoing the procedure, but also that more and more filler product is being put in per procedure. It used to be common practice to inject 1-2mls per procedure, in a step wise, gradual approach (I still do that). At a conference recently, a doctor from Korea revealed that her peers were injecting on average of 10ml of hyaluronic acid fillers per procedure. I see a similar trend in Singapore. More and more members of the public are calling the clinic to enquire about how much it cost to put in 5 to 10 syringes of fillers.
Horror Stories From Too Much Dermal Fillers
You have heard horror stories of people looking strange and “misshapen”. These often happen when dermal fillers are placed either incorrectly, or when too much is injected.
I often explain to my patients (and other doctors) that dermal filler injections are not a buffet dinner – more does not mean better. What is important is to match the correct amount to what you need. It is always better to place less, then add more later, so that the changes to your appearance are gradual and natural.
Fillers can be addictive. However, the outcome from filler procedures follow an inverted J curve – you look better when the right amount is put in, but there will come a point when you start to look worse, after a critical point is reached.