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

Create the Perfect Chin with Dermal Fillers

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Ever felt that your chin isn’t symmetrical? Not prominent enough? Perhaps you felt that it’s not in balance with the rest of your face. Fortunately, there is a non-surgical solution for people who want to enhance their chin. Chin enhance can now be done using dermal fillers to improve the visual balance of your chin or appear more prominent.

What is Non-Surgical Chin Enhancement?

A chin augmentation is a type of treatment that can alter the contours of the chin using dermal filler injection. These fillers can add volume to the chin area, looking more prominent. This procedure can subtly improve the appearance of the chin area. For most male patient, they can request for a more chiselled chin, while women can ask for a softer contours.

How it Works?

Your chin can be improved by injecting dermal filler. Injected material fills the skin volume, plumping the chin area and at the same time, changing the contour of the chin. There are several types of dermal fillers that can be used – permanent, semi-permanent and non-permanents.

Between the three types, the most common is the non-permanent as its effect is temporary and can easily be reversed. Permanent filler must be removed surgically. Each type of filler varies on how it creates volume under the skin and the duration of its effect. Chin enhancement using non-permanent filler usually lasts up to 6 months. Your chin will gradually go back to its pre-treatment appearance. Most patients prefer getting regular injections for keeping their enhanced chin.

Non-surgical chin enhancement is first done by applying anaesthetic cream on the chin area. Then a fine needle is injected to introduce small amounts of filler into the area. Dermal filler must be administered in small injection to make sure the treatment is evenly distributed.

Chin augmentation has become a popular quick rejuvenation treatment as patients can go back to work or return home immediately after the treatment. There’s no bandages and no downtime in this procedure.

Who are the best candidates for non-surgical chin enhancement?

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Suitable candidates for chin enhancement procedure are adults who desires to have a symmetrical contours of their chins. Chins that become less prominent due to weight loss and aging, those with asymmetries who want to correct, or people who wants to achieve a chiselled look, can benefit from chin enhancement injections. This treatment is suitable for men and women who are in good health.

What Happens After I Get Dermal Fillers?

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You are done with your dermal filler procedure? Now, what’s next? What will happen? How long will this last? These are only a few common question you may ask after you got your dermal filler injection.

Read below to know what to expect right after the treatment and what happens during healing.

After the Dermal Filler Procedure

After the procedure, expect to have slight bruises and mild pain on the punctured marks for a few days. The pain should diminish after a few days but you can take pain relievers if you feel uncomfortable.

The best way to minimize the pain is to try not to move the face but not talking too much, twisting your face or straining your eyes as the muscles are still weak and the injected area will only further aggravate the pain.

Simply wash your face with soft luke warm flannel as warm application increases healing process by speeding up blood flow. This will also keep your skin fresh and moisturized. The longest duration you’ll experience pain is up to a week or in rare cases, up to two weeks.

Take note that the improvements on your face – the wrinkle-free face; softer, smoother skin and the overall sense of youth won’t last forever. Dermal filler usually last up to 6 to 9 months and thereafter, you will need a follow-up injection to maintain the look.

Healing Process with Dermal Filler

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After getting the procedure, you will directly notice and feel a more toned, less wrinkled skin. This will become more pronounced in the next 24 hours after the procedure.

After eight hours following the procedure, you will notice your skin tightening, with wrinkles filling in. Also, be ready as your skin will start to have mild swelling, with slight bruises and redness, especially in the areas that were treated. But don’t worry, as these will pass after a few days.

The dermal filler treatment can last between 6 to 9 months, without the need to use any products to lengthen its potency or effect or protect the treatment. Of course, the effect will still depend on the patient’s skin, the type of dermal filler used and the competence of the cosmetic surgeon or aesthetic specialist.

After 6 to 12 months, the effect of the filler will weaken until your skin goes back to its pre-treatment appearance. The reason why it diminishes is because the skin is not designed to hold the filler substance or collagen under the skin once natural collagen degrades.

How Long Can I Have the Filler Treatment Again?

The dermal filler treatment can be administered any time the effect of the previous treatment has degraded. On average, you will get once every nine to 12 months. Your aesthetic practitioner can inform you when you can go back for re-treatment.

It is important to consider if you need more treatment as this situation can fall into a routine – a cycle of getting the procedure every nine months because this can lead to an undesirable wear and tear on your skin.

Erase Ugly Acne Scars Using Dermal Fillers

 Acne scars occurs when acne is healing and the collagen formation is disrupted. Scars due to acne can be permanent if left untreated. The best thing to prevent formation of acne scars is to reduce the occurrence of breakouts.

botulinum-toxin-basingstoke-expertiseBut, to lessen the appearance of existing acne scars, there are several procedures that you can talk with your dermatologist. A very popular and commonly-used treatment among many acne sufferers is dermal filler for acne scars.

Dermal fillers can be an excellent way to get rid of acne scars, especially rolling scars and less defined boxcar scars. Dermal fillers are very safe and offer amazing results of filling skin depression associated with scars. This method is also effective for volume loss due to acne scarring.

Why You Should Consider Dermal Fillers

The dosage needed for acne scar filling differs. Factors such as the type of scarring, patient’s facial anatomy and the patient’s expectations must be considered. Dermal fillers provide great immediate results and it continues to enhance your looks after several months. Such improvement happens due to the technique of injection of the dermal filler, splitting some deep scars and stimulate collagen production because of the stretching of fibroblasts.

How Does Dermal Filler for Acne Scar Works

Fibroblasts or the skin cells form the protein called collagen, which helps make your skin looking youthful and plump. Moreover, collagen also restores and repairs damaged skins. Acne scars, wrinkles and certain skin conditions destroy collagen.

Dermal fillers are substances that are injected on the scars in order to smoothen them. Acne scars such as rolling, boxcar and ice pick can be effectively treatment with fillers because they help soften the scar tissue and blend with your normal skin.

Dermal fillers are often used to restore facial volume and reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The process used for acne scars is non-invasive. Fillers usually last longer than for wrinkles or lip enhancements. The benefit may last for several months to a year or more. Sometimes, the filler encourage collagen formation in the area, providing permanent result.

There is no healing time and the results are immediate, unlike laser treatments.

What to Expect

We will apply a topical numbing cream on your skin to lessen discomfort. Ice may also be used to reduce pain and lower the risk of bruising.

The first thing to do is to discuss which scars will be filled. Usually, patients have specific scars that particularly disturbs them more than other scars. Discussing the procedure allows us to get more information on what specific scars bothers you the most.

After discussing which scars will be filled, the skin will be prepped with alcohol, ice will be applied to the area. Using a very fine needle, the doctor will inject the filler and then place pressure using gauze.

Treated areas may be swollen, red and bruised for the first one week. Never get facial cleaning or massage for 2 weeks after the dermal filler procedure.

Also, avoid alcohol and strenuous workouts for 24 hours if possible. They say that drinking pineapple juice or taking bromelain supplement may help resolve bruising faster.