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Dermal Fillers: Facts About Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

Published on October 11, 2017
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As people get older, their bodies tend to show their age. One increasingly popular method of combating the signs of aging is undergoing injectable filler treatments to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines on your skin. With the growing demand for younger looking skin, there’s a wide variety of non-surgical cosmetic procedures on the market today that can help you achieve your goals. Synthetic dermal fillers used to be all the rage, but as an increasing amount of natural alternatives are developed, the revolutionary introduction of hyaluronic acid-based fillers is slowly replacing them. If you’re considering having dermal fillers injected into your skin, you should make sure that you find out as much information about them. Reading through the following six facts about dermal fillers is a good starting point.

Natural Dermal Fillers Are a Better Option

Synthetic fillers tend to last a little bit longer than natural fillers because they’re derived from substances that are foreign to the body, whereas natural fillers are derived from natural sources. A lot of modern dermal fillers used in Toronto tend to include hyaluronic acid, which is an element that’s naturally produced by the body. For that reason, natural fillers are typically absorbed or metabolized much quicker by the body than artificial fillers. Natural fillers can either be formulated by major players in the plastic surgery industry such as Juvéderm® or Radiesse® or they can be derived through fat transfers from other areas of the patient’s body, usually the flank or the love handles. Keep in mind that because natural fillers don’t have the same amount of stamina as synthetic fillers, they’ll need to be reapplied more often; however, natural fillers involve a significantly lower risk factor than injecting completely foreign elements into the body.

More and More Men Are Getting Dermal Fillers Done

Statistics show that an increasing number of men are undergoing dermal filler treatments, which is surprising because these types of cosmetic procedures are normally more popular amongst women. Evidently, though, men have a much different motive than women for getting this procedure done. Women tend to want to plump up or accentuate their features to give them a softer, more feminine look whereas men usually want to achieve a more masculine and chiseled appearance through the use of facial fillers.

Dermal Filler Treatments Are Painless

A lot of people might feel a little bit squeamish about being injected with needles, especially on their face. The good news is, however, that dermal treatments are virtually painless thanks to innovative advancements that are constantly being made in the industry. Topical pain preventing and relieving creams have always been an option, but in a lot of cases, they’re no longer necessary because a lot of dermal filler gels are infused with Lidocaine, which is a pain relieving and freezing agent. If the patient has a very low threshold for pain or is feeling particularly uncomfortable, then the filler can be used in conjunction with a topical pain preventing cream. There are also specific dermal filler injection techniques that are employed by highly experienced plastic surgeons for certain treatments. These techniques are designed to render the best possible results with the least amount of pain or discomfort.

Dermal Fillers Can Be Injected Throughout the Body

Contrary to popular belief, dermal fillers and collagen cosmetic injections aren’t strictly meant to be used in the face; they can actually be formulated for use in other parts of the body as well. However, you should be extremely cautious about which part of the body on which you’d like to have this type of work done. While most areas can safely be injected with these substances, other areas could be susceptible to health complications. For instance, the breast area is highly sensitive to this type of procedure and some women have reported that they were unable to produce breast milk following the procedure. While the face is the most popular injection site, people also tend to have their hands injected with dermal fillers to smooth our wrinkles and reduce the appearance of veins.

Fillers Stimulate Collagen Growth

Depending on the brand and formulation of the product, some dermal fillers have the ability to stimulate collagen growth after a few treatments. With age, the skin naturally loses its elasticity and tends to become loose or saggy, which explains why this is such a popular treatment option for older people. A lot of patients who’ve undergone cosmetic collagen injections have seen a vast improvement and level of firmness in their skin at the site of injection after only a few treatments.

The Length of Time Dermal Filler Last Will Vary

Results depend on a number of independent variables from the speed with which the patient’s body metabolizes the fillers to how many treatments the person has had done and how many syringes were used during each one. The skill set and experience of the injector or plastic surgeon also plays a major role in terms of the long-term effectiveness of the treatment itself, not to mention the type of filler or combination of fillers that were used. On average, though, a typical dermal filler treatment should last anywhere from six to 12 months.

Dr. Andres Gantous has been administering injectable filler treatments at Toronto Facial Plastic Surgery for over 20 years. As world renowned expert in his field, he’s been invited to be the keynote speaker at multiple international and national facial plastic surgery conferences and he’s even trained other injector in using the proper dermal filler injection techniques that’ll leave their clients fully satisfied with the results. To learn more about our clinic or to book a preliminary consultation with Dr. Gantous, please contact us.

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