As we age, the tissues and bones of the face lose volume, shrink and drop. This along with other factors such as smoking and sun exposure bring on the facial changes linked to the ageing process. Overall there is a progressive and steady loss of facial volume as we get older. This is especially noticeable in the cheek, forehead, temple, chin area and underneath the eyes.Restoration of this volume loss can result in impressive improvements in facial appearance.
The increase in facial volume can be administered by adding volume using filling substances. The filler is placed under the skin, in areas of volume loss, with a very fine needle. Treatment with volume fillers is a non-invasive procedure. These fillers contain local anaesthetic which has been shown to increase patient comfort levels. The level of discomfort varies from one patient to another but with the use of a very fine needle and the local anaesthetic filler; most patients can easily tolerate treatment.
The injectable filler is a prescription medicine containing 20 mg/ml cross-linked hyaluronic acid. It is used to restore volume of the face. It should be administered only by trained professionals. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of this procedure.
Fillers are used to treat a number of concerns related to volume restoration including:
Depending on what areas require treatment, the process takes 10 to 30 minutes. Patients should be able to resume normal activities upon leaving the clinic.
Candidates for volume restoration are individuals with signs of ageing including:
While many patients experience no side effects at all, as with all medications side effects can develop. Reported side effects include pain, redness at the injection site(s), swelling, lumps, firmness, bruising, discolouration and itchiness. In the vast majority of cases, these effects are short-term and should subside within one week.