WHAT ARE DERMAL FILLERS?
Injectable dermal fillers are a convenient and cost-effective treatment option for individuals with the aesthetic goal of restoring a youthfully refreshed facial appearance without having to undergo an invasive surgical procedure such as a facelift.
Dermal fillers have become increasingly popular because the injections are non-invasive, generally take no more than 30 minutes, and do not require any post-treatment downtime, meaning that patients can easily schedule a treatment session during their lunch hour, and return to work immediately thereafter.
A key component of many of the newest dermal fillers is a substance known as hyaluronic acid (HA), which is an element found naturally in the skin’s connective tissue. Hyaluronic acid functions by drawing water into the skin, thereby hydrating the skin and preserving the skin’s youthfully “plump,” voluminous appearance. With age, the body’s natural hyaluronic acid levels decrease, causing the delicate facial skin to lose volume and highlighting the appearance of wrinkles, folds and fine lines. By replenishing the body’s hyaluronic acid levels, dermal fillers effectively restore lost volume to the contours of the face, smooth and fill in fine lines and facial wrinkles, augment thin lips, and minimize the appearance of scars.
In order to safely achieve optimal results from your dermal filler treatment, it is highly important that your injections are performed by a competent and experienced plastic surgeon, because if the dermal fillers are improperly injected, there is an increased risk for a number of complications, including: pooling of blood beneath the skin (hematoma), infection, and unnatural or imbalanced aesthetic results. Dr. Hani Sinno, M.D., is a plastic surgeon who enjoys helping his patients rejuvenate their facial appearance with injectable dermal fillers at his private practice in Montreal, Quebec.
DERMAL FILLER OPTIONS
Dr. Sinno is pleased to offer his patients a number of effective dermal filler options, including, but not limited to:
- JUVÉDERM:® a hyaluronic-acid based injectable that is ideally suited for patients seeking to augment their lips, replenish lost facial volume, or fill in facial wrinkles and folds. JUVÉDERM® is FDA-approved to provide rejuvenating results that last up to one year from the initial treatment. Because of its smooth texture, JUVÉDERM® is appropriate for patients of all ethnic groups and skin types, even those with thin, sensitive skin.
- Restylane:® a filler formulated with a biocompatible, non-animal based form of hyaluronic acid, making it a safe and effective choice for patients with allergies who would like to add volume to their face and lips, and diminish the appearance of moderate to severe facial folds and lines. On average, Restylane® treatments can last from 6-18 months.
- Radiesse® and Sculptra:® non-hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers utilized to add volume to the hands and face (most often in the cheek and temple regions, where volume loss is typically most prominent. Although Sculptra® and Radiesse® both function by stimulating the production of collagen in the body, Radiesse also augments your facial volume on its own, making it a suitable choice for patients seeking more immediate results. Both fillers can be effectively used for: molding chins, contouring cheeks and jaw lines, augmenting lips, sculpting noses, correcting laugh lines, and rejuvenating hands. On average, Sculptra® results can last up to two years (after the initial injection series), and Radiesse results can last up to one year.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Sinno will assess your facial anatomy and treatment goals in order to help you select the appropriate dermal filler (or combination of fillers) to ensure that your aesthetic objectives are fulfilled, and you are able to achieve beautiful, natural-looking results from your dermal filler treatment. Aside from any minor swelling or bruising (which subsides in 3-5 days), the visible results of your dermal filler treatment will be apparent immediately after your treatment, and should last between five months to one year (depending on the specific filler you had injected). Periodic maintenance treatments are recommended in order to preserve your initial dermal filler results.
CONTACT DR. SINNO
Dr. Sinno and his well-trained team members have worked to create a welcoming, healing office environment, and will take the time to thoroughly explain your dermal filler treatment details and options. Your dermal filler treatment plan will be uniquely customized to reflect your specific aesthetic preferences, and you can be assured that you will have the best possible patient care throughout your dermal filler injection experience. If you would like additional information about rejuvenating dermal filler treatments, please contact Dr. Sinno’s office today. We are happy to answer any and all of your questions, and to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Sinno.
Pre and Post Operative Photos
Please Click here for representative examples of pre and post-operative photos of patients from the website of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
For more information on this specific procedure and to watch a 3D video animation, please visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) here: http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/3d-animations.html