Dermal Fillers

OVERVIEW

Also called injectable implants, or facial and lip fillers, dermal fillers are minimally invasive rejuvenation solutions with US-FDA clearance helping to enhance and smooth lines and wrinkles of the face, especially nasolabial folds (smile lines or laugh lines) and perioral lines (fine lines around the mouth). Dermal fillers can also help restore or augment volume for a smoother, fuller, youthful appearance in cheeks, chin, lips, and back of the hand, as well as correct contour deficiencies such as cheek acne scars.

WHY DERMAL FILLERS?

Besides the aging process, other significant factors (i.e. pollution, sun exposure, heredity, lifestyles, etc.) naturally make our faces lose subcutaneous fat and our skin lose collagen (a protein that keeps our skin plump and firm) at a rate of around 1% every year. The facial muscles then move closer to the skin surface, thus making facial skin sag as well as facial lines, wrinkles and folds become more visible.

To reverse the signs of facial aging, dermal fillers can be a versatile, safe, non-surgical treatment as an ideal choice for candidates who are not ready to undergo surgery (like facelift or facial lipofilling), but desire facial rejuvenation, as a value-added part of anti-aging surgery. 

In cases with severe facial skin sagging (ptosis), facelift in combination with dermal fillers and/or botox may be a powerful surgical option to attain the best rejuvenation outcomes.  

DETAILS OF DERMAL FILLERS

At WIH International Hospital, our highly-experienced team of board-certified dermatologists uses some of the world’s best, modern, US-FDA-approved, biodegradable hyaluronic acid (HA) gel-based dermal fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in connective tissues that helps keep our skin full, plump and hydrated by water retention.

By incorporating the utilization of HA-fillers with specialized delivery techniques, WIH dermatologists successfully inject hyaluronic acid into the specific areas for the best possible volume restoration, contouring, and balancing with utmost safety and satisfaction. 

However, how much dermal filler to be delivered varies in each individual, depending on the underlying tissue structure and volume as well as the type of filler used, so it is highly recommended to have an in-person consultation with dermatologists before treatment to assess and consider relevant issues together with your unique goals for selection of the right type of filler and how much to be delivered. 

Since hyaluronic acid, or HA, is naturally absorbed through time, candidates may require touch-ups to maintain the desired outcome. The time that the outcome lasts also depends on the type of filler used and the area to be treated.

DETAILS OF DERMAL FILLER TREATMENT

Type of Anesthesia:  Topical anesthetic cream is applied to the treated areas for 45 mins before treatment to help minimize pain and discomfort.

Treatment Time:  15-30 mins depending on how many areas to be treated

After Treatment:  You can resume your normal activities immediately.

DERMAL FILLER AFTERCARE

  1. The result is noticeable immediately. Since the hyaluronic acid will take several weeks to soften and settle into your skin, the ultimate result will take place within 2 weeks and typically last 6 - 24 months, depending on the type of filler used.
  2. Although after treatment, there is no downtime, you may experience common bruising and swelling which will subside the same day. Using a cold compress can help with these.
  3. Avoid strenuous activity or alcoholic beverages for the first 2 days after treatment to reduce bruising and swelling.
  4. During 2 weeks after treatment, refrain from massaging the injected area and exposing yourself to extreme temperatures, like saunas or skiing. These activities may impact your outcome.

FAQs

1.    What can’t dermal fillers do?

Minimally invasive rejuvenation treatments, like dermal fillers, cannot give the long-lasting or same results. For some cases, aesthetic surgical procedures such as a facelift, or forehead and brow lift, may be the best option possible.

2.    Are there side effects to dermal fillers?

Like any other medicines, dermal fillers also have the occurrence of side effects or allergy. But, people are very rarely allergic to dermal fillers themselves, and the allergy is treatable.