All about Fillers

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What is filler?
The most commonly used fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin. Thanks to its ability to store moisture, hyaluronic acid is responsible for giving skin a plump and hydrated look. Hyaluronic acid fillers are a gel-like substance that creates volume in the skin. Once injected, they begin to integrate into the substance of the skin, attracting water molecules and hydrating the surrounding tissue.

What are they used for?
Fillers were first used to treat facial lines and creases in order to stave off the signs of ageing. More recently, fillers are being used to augment and enhance facial features such as creating sharper cheekbones, more defined jawlines and straighter noses.

What is the difference between fillers and Botox?
Both are used to rectify or prevent the signs of ageing, but fillers and Botox are quite different. While fillers are typically used to add volume and plump the skin, Botox (which is a brand name for botulinum toxin) temporarily blocks nerve signals in the muscles where it’s injected to restrict movement and treat ‘expression lines’.

Where are fillers used?
Fillers are a gel-like substance that is injected into different parts of the skin. The depth of injection and consistency of the filler dictates the results that will be achieved: deep injections with firm fillers create volume and shape to the face, mid-depth injections with medium-firm fillers reduce the appearance of creases, superficial injections into the dermis with soft fillers help to smooth out wrinkles, plump and hydrate the skin.

It is also worth noting that fillers can be injected in different ways: using a needle or a cannula. A cannula is a blunt tube that deposits filler underneath the skin and can be used to treat any part of the face e.g. tear troughs, cheeks, jawline or lips.

Less is usually more
When it comes to fillers, less is usually more – subtle and natural. Not only should they be almost invisible to the eye but fillers done correctly shouldn’t feel as though they are there.

Hyaluronic acid fillers integrate with the skin and form part of the natural architecture of the skin. This process takes approximately one month. Once integrated, you will not be able to feel that there is filler in the skin, it will simply feel like your own skin – but plumper! It is always possible to add more filler later and you should never feel pressured to have more than what you are comfortable with.

Not the result you wanted? Not the end of the world!
Please keep in mind that filler can take up to two weeks to fully settle, if you’re unhappy with your results after this time, make a follow-up appointment with your practitioner. In most cases you can usually have it adjusted or dissolved altogether. Hyaluronic acid fillers are naturally broken down by the skin. On average, this process takes 12 months but it does depend on the filler used and area treated. Areas with little muscular movement or tension such as the tear troughs, temples or jawline tend to last well; whereas areas with more movement or tension such as the lips, nose and cheeks will tend to last less.

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