• Dr. Naureen Akhtar General Practitioner MBBS,MRCGP,DRCOG

What Your Dermal Fillers are Made With?

Dermal filler products come in a wide variety. Each product has unique formulation that has a distinct density, texture and depth of injection, meaning that certain fillers work better for specific areas of concern.

Generally, dermal fillers are grouped according to the substance they’re made from. One thing you should always remember is that make sure that you’re getting FDA-approved brand name dermal fillers, which can only be accessed through a licensed physician.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is naturally occurred substance found in your skin. It promotes hydration of the skin, making the skin hydrated and plump. HA fillers are usually gel-like and soft. Results are short-lived, lasting between 6 and 12 months before the body naturally and eventually absorbs the substance. Some HA fillers are combined with lidocaine to lessen discomfort during and after the procedure.

Common hyaluronic fillers include Belotero, Juvederm, Perlane, Restylane and Voluma.

Poly-L-lactic Acid

Poly-L-lactic acid is a biodegradable, biocompatible (which means it’s safe for use in the body) substance. For many years it has been used in various medical devices such as dissolvable stitches. The result of poly-l-lactic acid filler last over 2 years and it promotes collagen production. It is considered to be a ‘semi-permanent’ filler. Because it is a thicker type of filler, it is often used for deeper facial wrinkles. Example of Poly-L-lactic filler is Sculptra Aesthetic.

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)

Polymethylmethacrylate is a biocompatible, synthetic substance that has been used in medicine for decades. When administered as dermal fillers, PMMA turns into a tiny ball or microsphere that stays underneath the skin for many years, providing long-lasting results. It is ideal for medium to deep facial wrinkles. It also contains collagen to provide firmness and structure on the skin. PMMA filler available in the market include Artefill.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)

Calcium hydroxylapatite is a naturally occurring substance that present in our bones. When administered as a dermal filler, the calcium particles, which are nearly microscopic in size, is suspended in a smooth gel. Compared to hyaluronic acid filler, the consistency of the CaHA filler is usually thicker. The result lasts longer than HA filler, typically more than 12 months. CaHA is also believed to help stimulate the production of collagen and is used for deeper lines and wrinkles. Example of FDA-approved CaHA fiiller include Radiesse.

Choosing Your Provider for Dermal Filler Treatment

When choosing a provider for filler treatment, make a decision the same way that you would for a surgical procedure. Even if it is a minimally invasive procedure, it is still a medical procedure that entails specific knowledge, training and skills to ensure the best results.

Whoever you choose, be sure that the provider has a deep knowledge of facial anatomy, a surgeon’s precision and skills and a seasoned aesthetic eye. Ask for any before and after photos of each possible provider’s past clients.

Facts about Dermal Filler Sculptra Butt Lift

Do you feel frustrated with your sagging behind? One of the greatest innovations in cosmetic enhancement is called Sculptra Butt Lift, a surgery-free method to enhance or augment the buttocks.

Childbirth, age and lifestyle habits can have a huge effect on your derriere. Sometimes, no matter how many hours you spent at the gym, gravity still takes a toll. If you are in search for a little help in this area with less downtime, consider this non-invasive treatment Sculptra Butt Lift.

A minimally-invasive procedure, Sculptra Butt Lift shouldn’t be used as a substitute for fat grafting or butt implants. It is intended for patients who wishes a subtle lift, some contouring, a modest volume increase and an improvement in the texture of their buttock area.

What is Sculptra?

Sculptra is an FDA-approved dermal filler used for treatment facial volume loss. Composed of poly-L-lactic acid, Sculptra works by replacing lost collagen and working well to lessen wrinkles on the face. The product has been used widely all over the world since 1999 and the treatment has been done on more than 200,000 patients in over 30 countries.

Through a series of treatments done over a number of months, Sculptra is administered directly into the target area. It will gradually stimulate collagen and fill up the depleted tissue. The results of Sculptra may last up to two years. It will eventually be harmlessly absorbed by your body.

The good news is, aside from smoothing the face, Sculptra can also work wonders on the butt. Without the complication and expense of a surgical butt lift, you can definitely notice comparable results.

Sculptra butt lift can be given for patients who desire to have more volume in their buttocks, those with sagging or flat buttocks and even healthy patients with realistic expectations.

How the Sculptra Butt Lift Works

For the preparation, the buttocks are numbed and iced to reduce discomfort and swelling. Each treatment can be done within an hour. Patients will notice immediately changes in the appearance of their buttocks.

The best results can be achieved after2 to 4 treatments, with at least 3 weeks in between treatments. As the Sculptra works, you’ll start to see a change to your behind. Your enhanced buttocks will appear much fuller than before, improving your natural curves.

After the procedure, you will have some home instructions for post-operative care. Follow these instructions carefully. If you have any questions, feel free to ask after the appointment. If it’s necessary, we can schedule any follow-up treatments before you’re discharged.

Initial side effects of Sculptra treatment include minor swelling, bruising or bumps. A quick massage is performed on the treated area to spread the product evenly. If you are concerned about the side effects of Sculptra, you may ask for more details during your consultation.

5 Useful Tips for Wrinkle reduction and Dermal Filler Injectables First Timers

Injectables such as Wrinkle reduction treatment , Radiesse, Juvederm, Dysport and Restylane are great options to safely and effectively reverse some common signs of facial aging such as wrinkles, sagging skin, hollow areas on the cheeks, temples and eyes; and thinning lips. The rise of dermal fillers and neurotoxins over the recent years made more and more women, including men, consider this treatment option. These treatments are relatively painless, with little to no downtime and offer immediate results that can last for several months.

If you are considering these injectables for the first time, below are the five tips to keep in mind to achieve only the best possible result.

Research about injectables

With the growing market of facial injectables, there are plenty of neurotoxins and dermal fillers offered in the market, each addressing unique concerns. For example, hyaluronic acid-based fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm are excellent in restoring the plumpness and moisture of the skin by drawing water to the treated area. The neurotoxin Wrinkle reduction treatment or Dysport can effectively reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by relaxing specific facial muscles.

It is very important that first-timers understand how each injectables work and knowing the expected results. But, when it comes to choosing the right filler for your unique needs, your best source of knowledge will be your treatment provider. If you choose an experienced injector, he should be able to tell you the best treatment plan to obtain your desired results.

Choose the right treatment provider

Like any other medical treatment or procedure, choosing the right provider is very important. When you choose who to trust, make sure every possible provider has sufficient experience in administering a wide range of injectables. He should also be properly licensed.

Another way to get to know a prospective provider is to read testimonials and reviews from past clients or look for recommendations from family or friends. Be cautious of clinics that offer too-good-to-be-true rates. Although deep discounts might look appealing, usually low pricing stems from a provider’s desperation to find new patients or perhaps lack of experience.

Think about maintenance

The effects of injectables often takes several months. Eventually, they will wear off. Results may last from four months to even three years depending on the injectable used and the area injected. Remember that in order to maintain your youthful appearance, periodic treatment maintenance is necessary.

Follow doctor’s orders – always

Always follow all the instruction given by your doctor before and after the procedure. Failure to do the instructions such as avoiding aspirin before the treatment or exercising after can make a huge difference between a stellar and not-so-stellar result.

Think about the recovery time

Although injectables has little to no downtime, some patients still experience slight bruising or swelling right after the treatment. This effects will eventually disappear after several days or a week. It is advised to allow a full week of recovery before joining any activities or events. Keep in mind that certain injectables require some time before achieving the full effects. Dermal fillers have more immediate results while Wrinkle reduction treatment may take up to two weeks to fully take effect.

How to Prevent Overuse of Dermal Fillers

overuse of dermal filler

The popularity of dermal fillers has grown rapidly in recent years. Sometimes referred as ‘liquid facelift’, fillers can provide full facial rejuvenation with virtually no downtime and minimal pain. Dermal fillers can enhance the contours of your face, rejuvenate the skin, balance facial profile and offer a total natural and aesthetically pleasing results.

Unfortunately, under the hands of an inexperienced doctor, overuse of dermal fillers can happen and the results can be unpleasant. Your facial features may be overly down, making your appearance looked aged and unnatural.

How Dermal Fillers Begun

Dermal fillers were developed to address facial aging issues back when the cosmetic industry still didn’t have any immediate, effective solution to add shape or volume to the face. Before fillers were used, the main cosmetic solutions were solely focused on facial skin tightening such as surgical facelift, which often result to looking unnatural. Dermal fillers allow doctors to make a youthful aesthetic such as a plump that was more natural looking.

But today, through the help of dermal fullers, we’re able to age gracefully through the use of non-surgical means but only if they are administered properly. Now, there’s no need to wait until you noticed that your face is dropping off like a melted wax. Just head straight to your injector and have a short procedure to look radiant and refreshed again.

Dermal fillers come in different types, including Sculptra, Juvederm, Radiesse, Voluma and many more. Each of these products are effective for various facial rejuvenation purposes. But, if any of these fillers is overused, the result will be an ‘overdone’, unnatural appearance.

How to Avoid Overuse of Dermal Fillers

To prevent overuse of dermal fillers, here are some three ways:

Have a realistic expectation. A lot of people who tend to overuse dermal fillers are those with unrealistic expectations on the final results. Realize the dermal fillers cannot completely overhaul your appearance, it can only enhance your present facial traits. Learn more about dermal fillers and ask your doctor about the expected end results.

Look for a reputable provider. Proper administration of dermal fillers requires a mix of thorough experience, an artistic eye and a deep knowledge about the facial anatomy. Choose an injector who have good reviews from their peers and clients, who practice in a reputable business facility and have a successful history of providing fillers. Be wary of prices that are too good to be true, because chances are, it is.

Know when to stop. You often heard of patients who love the results of the filler too much that they become addicted to it. Follow your provider is he advises you against getting more treatment. A trusted practitioner knows the limitations of your face and will tell you honestly when you start approaching the limit.