Tried, tested and trusted since 1996, Restylane is another method of facial rejuvenation – this time using fillers to gently rejuvenate and optimise the facial contours.
- Fillers are non-animal based, Hyaluronic Acid Gels used to fill wrinkles, restore volume and soften lines and folds.
- Restylane is a new concept in facial aesthetics, using a low pain, tissue-conserving filler injection, based on a combination of Restylane Hyaluronic Acid Gel, and a Blunt PixL cannula.
- This combination provides patients with a minimum of down time, bruising or swelling, and allows the instant effect of the treatment to be enjoyed immediately – even make up can be applied directly afterwards!
- The Blunt PixL cannula is inserted in a single entry point in the skin, and can be moved in different directions to reach a wide area, with minimal discomfort for the patient. The blunt tip ensures no damage is caused to the surrounding tissues, nerves or vessels; resulting in a virtually painless procedure.
- Whether your skin is losing its tautness due to ageing, too much sun or sleepless nights, the quick treatment can significantly increase skin elasticity and improve skin texture – with effects mirroring a small face-lift!
- Dermal fillers tend to be classified as non-permanent and the effects should last 9-12 months
The dermal filler can be used in a variety of ways depending on an individual’s needs:Lift and fill any area instantly
Plump sunken cheeks and rejuvenate weak chins
Remodel cheekbones and soften facial contours
Increase and remodel the volume of your lips, as well as having moisturising effect
Revitalise the skin
Can be used on the neck, décolletage and hands
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are non-surgical cosmetic treatments used to bring a more youthful appearance by restoring volume or fullness to the face and lips. They work by reducing or eliminating lines, wrinkles and folds in the skin and the effect is seen immediately after treatment.
As skin ages, both naturally and because of other factors such as sun damage, smoking, and poor diet, we lose collagen, fat and other natural moisturising substances from our skin. These can be thought of as the natural ‘scaffolding’ that keeps it looking young and feeling firm. With less of these, our skin becomes thinner and we start to see lines, wrinkles and folds developing. This is usually more noticeable on our faces.
Dr Chris Taylor uses dermal fillers to restore lost volume in the face by plumping out lines, wrinkles and folds.
What are the functions of Dermal Fillers?
The principle, elementary function of dermal fillers is the reversing of changes that are often associated with old age. Therefore, the main purpose is to return the dermis to its original condition. In fact, they can give an appearance that is more youthful and natural than a normal surgical face operation, such as a face lift which stretches the skin into an unnatural position.
The fundamental explanation for skin changes is that as the skin ages, the major constituents of the dermis are gradually lost with time. These constituents include elastin, hyaluronic acid and collagen. Collagen is the major protein support for the skin. Hyaluronic acid assists in trapping water in addition to adding volume and shape to the skin. The main function of elastin is in allowing the skin to stay firm, resisting wrinkles, depressions and folds on the skin surface. In general, these materials are the ones that protect our skin from becoming saggy and when they become non-existent in the body; the skin ultimately becomes thinner, lined with deep wrinkles in more advanced ages. The solution to this condition lies in feeding the fat-deprived section of the skin with materials that can play the role of the constituents and bring the skin back to form.
How many types of Dermal Fillers are there?
There are currently several types of dermal fillers in the market, with the most popular ones being the collagen based fillers, poly lactic acid based fillers, and hyaluronic acid based fillers. They come in different thicknesses, a factor that determines how deep the injection will go into the skin. The thicker the filler, the deeper it can be injected. The most popular though is Hyaluronic Acid as it is natural product that gives conisitently good results.
What can Dermal Fillers Treat?
Women like to maintain their beauty throughout their life and, by using dermal fillers, they can successfully reverse or postpone some signs of aging. However, there are other popular uses of dermal fillers which are used frequently by both men and woman.
Facial lines are quite common due to advanced age and stress. There may also be caused by other factors such as the side effects of substances used in the body; prescription drugs, for example. Dermal fillers are quite effective in filling up lines in general. Some of the most common lines that can be filled in both men and women include nasolabial lines, which are lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth. These are commonly called smile or frown lines. Wrinkles are an equally common condition that can be treated, some of them including forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet wrinkles.
Other commonly treated skin conditions are weak and sunken cheeks, acne scars and regular scars, and unsightly veins in aged skin. Generally, the lines, wrinkles and folds that can be treated by use of dermal fillers include lip lines (lipstick or smoke initiated), tear troughs (tired, baggy eyes), marionette lines (mouth to chin), frown lines, crows feet (around the eye), and naso-labial lines (nose to mouth). Other applications can be classified under skin rejuvenation or contouring and enhancement. Under rejuvenation, the various parts that can be treated include the face, neck and hand backs. Contouring and enhancement includes eyebrow reshaping, chin enhancement, cheek sculpting for sunken cheeks, jowls un-sagging, turning up the mouth corners, and lip enhancement.
Should you desire to have fillers on the upper regions of the face, the general recommendation is that fillers be used in conjunction with botulinum toxin injection. This is a brand registered trademark of Botox. There is a lot of flexibility in the conditions that can be treated by dermal fillers, including larger skin defects in the rest of the body.
Are there any side effects?
Just like any other goods on the market in different fields, there will always be trusted manufacturers who are known to be dedicated to producing quality products. Normally the treatments are not very painful but this again depends on the type of pain control applied and the specific area of injection. More pain is usually encountered in treatments around the lip and nose areas. The important point to note is that any side effects expected experienced when going through dermal treatment will disappear within a period of two to three days. If they persist, then it becomes necessary to check up with qualified medical personnel just to ensure they are normal and will go away after a while.
As long as the filler is produced with the highest of standards, one can be sure not to experience any form of allergy related side effects by way of reaction.
What to expect on the day
Treatments involving wrinkles and lines often require aesthetic cream, applied around twenty minutes prior to having the treatment. The function of the cream is to help numb the area to be treated in order to reduce the pain encountered when the injection is performed. Depending on the type of filler and the area undergoing treatment; different techniques of injection will be used. In the treatment of filling out wrinkles, there are two injection techniques that can be used namely the linear threading technique and the serial puncture technique. In the linear technique, the full length of the needle is inserted midway into the wrinkle and the material injected while pulling the needle backwards, slowly. The serial puncture technique involves several injections alongside the wrinkle to lift it. To maintain the effect after treatment, top up treatments can be performed depending on the type of filler used for the treatment. The recovery time will take around 30 minutes in most cases or hours in a few incidences but the overall time taken to heal depends on the type of filler. Most people will have no problem reporting back to work immediately after treatment, implying that under normal circumstances the treatment is really fast. The treatment is comfortable, quick and almost instantaneous.