Injectable fillers also known as dermal fillers or soft tissue fillers, has become extremely popular over the years and now it is the top two non-surgical, non-invasive treatment next to Botox Injections. Injectable fillers are commonly used as facial filler to restore volume that has been lost as a result of aging, weight loss, stress, environmental factors and or heredity. Fillers are used to add volume and sculpting purposes to areas such as the cheeks, smile lines, lips, chin, jawline, temples, nose and hands. Fillers are used on static wrinkles, wrinkles that does not move with expression. Versus, Botox Injections, it is commonly used on dynamic wrinkles, wrinkles that move with expression. Often, dermal fillers and Botox Injections are used together to treat both dynamic and static wrinkles to achieve optimal results. Combining filler and Botox treatments are referred to as “SoftLift” treatments or “liquid face”
Dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that exist in our body therefore the risk of allergies is extremely rare. It comes in many forms and are used for many different purposes from medical purposes such joint repair and in ophthalmology, cosmetic plastic surgery and in skincare.
Amount the dermal fillers, there are many different types and many different brands. Some of the different fillers that are available to Canadians are Juvederm, Teosyal, Restylane, Radiesse and Sculptra.
The different types of fillers differ in how they are produced, cross-linked, where it could be injected for optimal results and how long it would last after it has been injected.
Dr. Beber prefers to use Juvederm as it is approved by Health Canada and FDA, it has an outstanding safety record and the most natural results for his patients. Dr. Beber recommends that his patient become educated with what will be injected and its safety records. Unfortunately not all hyaluronic acids are approved by Health Canada and FDA.
Among the family of Juvederm products there are:
- Juvederm Ultra/Ultra Plus – generally last 4 to 6 months and is used to add facial volume and sculpting.
- Juvederm Volift – last up to 1 year and is used to add volume to the nasolabial folds and area about the mouth.
- Juvederm Voluma – last up to 2 years and used to add volume and sculpting of the cheeks, temples, nose and jawlines.
- Juvederm Volbella – lasts up to 1 year and is used for lip enhancement and augmentation as well as fines lines.
Before your dermal filler procedure, it is very important that you understand the benefits and risks, have realistic expectations and know what will be injected.
Before your treatment:
- Tell Dr. Beber if you have a medical condition and taking any medication.
- Don’t take aspirin, ibuprofen, St. John’s Wort, supplements such as ginger, gingko biloba, vitamin E, or any supplement or medication. that could thin your blood up to two weeks before.
- Stay hydrated.
After your treatment:
- It is not uncommon to feel pressure and tenderness in the areas treated. Tylenol can be taken to lessen the discomfort if required.
- Remain hydrated.
- Do not squeeze, pinch or massage the treatment area.
- Do not elevate your blood pressure for the first 24 hours.
- Call Dr. Beber’s office to report any concerns.
- Book a follow up appointment in two weeks.
To ensure that you have the best possible outcome, patient education is most important. Understand what is being injected, have realistic expectations and ensure the person providing the injection is experienced. To learn more about how you can look your best call Dr. Beber to book a personal consultation.