Whether we like it or not, age advances, and although we cannot stop it, with a better understanding of its process, we can intervene and slow down the visible signs.
Most of us recognise the visible effects of ageing via the following:
- Wrinkles and lines
- Deep skin folds and hollows
- Sagging skin
- Drooping face with downward smile when face is at rest
- Eye bags, puffy lower cheeks
- Thinning of face
- Shortening of chin
- Brown blotches and redness
- As we age, our face undergoes many changes including:
- Loss of bone
- Loss of fat, which causes deep skin folds and hollows
- Movement of fat leads to baggy skin around the eyes, prominent jowls and puffy lower cheeks
- The muscles that pull the face up weaken, and those that pull the face down dominate, resulting in a downturned and droopy face
- The skin’s supportive network breaks down with loss of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid
- Blood vessels and pigmentation become more prominent
As a strategy for preserving and nurturing skin, it is necessary to deal with the key factors involved in the ageing process, not just stop certain movements from occurring.
At ENRICH, we use dermal fillers, lip enhancement fillers and muscle-relaxant injections to replace volume from bone and fat, halt wrinkles in their tracks, and strengthen and improve the skin. A combined approach of several treatments is often the most appropriate way forward for improving the appearance of the face. You can contact us at our Melbourne clinic to book a consultation to discuss how we can address your individual concerns.
More information – Melbourne clinic
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- Can dermal filler get rid of laugh lines?
- Are dermal fillers better than a facelift?
- What ‘getting your lips done’ really means – lip fillers
- Recontour your face with dermal fillers
- Dermal fillers: replacing the knife with the needle
Where are dermal filler treatments used? – Melbourne clinic
At our Melbourne clinic, the most common areas for dermal filler treatments are the lips, chin, cheeks, jowls, next to the mouth (above and sides), nasolabial folds (the folds that appear next to the mouth, also known as laugh lines), and the lines that appear when you frown, particularly on the forehead between the eyebrows.
Dermal fillers can also be used for other purposes, but cosmetically, those areas of the face are the most common.
What do dermal fillers actually do? – Melbourne clinic
Dermal fillers come in a handful of shapes and sizes, with each doing a specific task. Typically a dermal filler, as the name suggests, fills an area of the dermal layers – skin – to add volume to an area of the face.
Why would I get dermal filler? – Melbourne clinic
Dermal filler treatments (injections) can be useful in certain circumstances, for example to improve the contours of the face, to add volume when age has taken its toll on facial structures, or in lips to gently add size to thin lips.
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Dermal fillers create a more youthful appearance, since plumpness, fullness and volume are the domain of the young and supple. Dermal filler treatments can soften wrinkles or fine lines, and take the depth out of creases.
Dermal filler treatments are now being used over surgical procedures, since they are so effective in so many different ways. Advances in technology have really superseded many surgical treatments, with a great example being the facelift.
One of the beautiful things about dermal filler injections is that they don’t last for a long time, so as your face changes as you age – and styles and fashions change – you can update your appearance accordingly. You are not stuck with any one look for any length of time, and can continually keep your face, neck, and décolletage looking lovely.
How long does dermal filler last for? – Melbourne clinic
How long your dermal filler treatment lasts for will depend entirely on what substance was used, plus how many treatments have been applied. It also makes a difference where the dermal filler injection was applied, since high action areas like the mouth will reabsorb the filler much quicker than, say, the forehead.
Temporary gel hyaluronic acid dermal fillers in Melbourne clinic
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers tend to reabsorb much more quickly than other types of dermal filler treatments, typically within six months, because they are synthetic forms of naturally-derived hyaluronic acid.
Temporary gel dermal fillers in Melbourne clinic
These types of dermal filler don’t last as long as other fillers, but they last much longer than hyaluronic acid dermal filler treatments, lasting about a year.
Synthetic dermal fillers (longer-lasting) in Melbourne clini
These types of dermal filler treatments don’t behave like temporary naturally-derived dermal filler substances, because they are not readily absorbed back into the body, but take some time – usually between one and five years, depending on the filler.
Fat transfer fillers in Melbourne clinic
Fat transfers can last for many years, however the fat tissue does dissipate back into the body eventually. The outcome is becoming more predictable as fat transfer filler becomes a safe, popular route to go down, particularly for women after mastectomies and other reconstructive surgery.
How long does it take to recover from dermal filler injections?
You don’t need to take any time off work to get a dermal filler treatment, and you can immediately resume normal activities. There may be some after-effects from the dermal filler injections, like swelling for up to 48 hours, which could last for up to five days. This swelling is minimal. If there seems to be anything unusual, please call the Melbourne clinic for advice.
Common areas treated with hyaluronic acid dermal filler
- Acne scars, especially pitting
- The cheeks, to add volume or contours
- Crow’s feet around the eyes
- Smile lines (nasolabial folds or furrows)
- Forehead frown lines (between the brows)
- Mouth-corner lines
- Lip borders
- Scarring (burns, wounds, surgery)
- Vertical lines around the lips, particularly from smoking
- Facial scarring
- Horizontal lines across the forehead
Using dermal filler as a preventative
Dermal filler can be used before things get to the stage, where previously, we may have considered more invasive cosmetic procedures. Times have changed, and dermal filler can now act as an anti-ageing treatment on younger, still-supple-but-ageing faces as a preventative to wrinkles.
Treatments are only given at our Melbourne clinic if they are warranted. Rejuvenating the face through your lifetime is a plan is a solid face-care plan.
Cheek fillers in Melbourne clinic
Cheek filler is used to plump up and volumise cheeks, which can start to look sallow and hollow as we lose bone and moisture. Cheek filler is a really popular procedure, and has excellent results. Cheek filler is a procedure that will need to be repeated every so often, since it is not a long-lasting procedure.
Choosing the right filler for the job – your cosmetic dermatologist’s job
Your doctor will decide what dermal filler substance is right for the job, taking into consideration your bone structure, face shape, skin type, goals and budget.
We have state-of-the-art equipment, advanced techniques, and very experienced, highly-trained practitioners performing dermal filler treatments in Melbourne. You are in good hands.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-derived substance found in animal and human tissue considered a very safe dermal filler substance. In mammals, hyaluronic acid works as a transportation mechanism, taking nutrients from the blood to the skin. Skin and joints contain high levels of hyaluronic acid.
The hyaluronic acid found in dermal filler is not derived from any animal, but is synthetic, being what’s known as ‘nature-identical’, meaning it is more or less exactly the same as what your body would make, and behaves in the same way. Synthetic hyaluronic acid dermal fillers also carry a lesser chance of allergic reactions.
Lip dermal filler in Melbourne clinic
Filler injected into the lips tends to be absorbed much quicker than other areas due to the action of our mouths when we talk and eat.
The dermal filler injection treatment
The treatment itself takes up to an hour, depending on what is required. The area will be cleaned, anaesthetic will be applied, and the treatment areas will be marked out. Dermal filler is applied with a very small needle, so there is not much discomfort or pain, as the insertion point is so tiny. Once the treatment is complete, the marks will be wiped off and ice applied.
We have our very own Skin Glow program using new technology to inject tiny amounts of a special blend of rejuvenating dermal filler all over a specific area of the face (or the whole face) where it rejuvenates cells, leaving you radiant. This is the work of hyaluronic acid, hydrating and stimulating collagen, effectively rejuvenating your skin cells from the dermis up.
We can also do more than just your face – this specialised dermal filler procedure can be done all over your body – the back of your hands, chest, feet, arms, back. Dermal fillers are just one prong in a multifaceted approach to curb the visible signs of ageing, and it doesn’t just apply to adding volume – it stimulates fibroblasts and boosts your skin’s performance.
Our Skin-Glow program
Contact us for a personal consultation to discuss your Melbourne dermal filler treatment needs with one of our highly-trained, experienced cosmetic doctors.
*Results may vary from person to person
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