Fillers do not make you look puffy or unnatural. Bad work does. Dr Nestor happily refuses to treat patients when treatment is inappropriate and would either cause harm or look unnatural.
So what are fillers?
There are two types of fillers. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers and Non-HA Fillers. Dr Nestor will chose which is best to address your particular need/concern.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in our skin. It is our body’s natural sponge. It serves to both absorb water in the skin and cushion us from injury. HA is the exact same molecule in every living organism. They have taken it, mass produced it and made it into a gel for injecting.
The fillers Dr Nestor uses include predominantly the JUVÉDERM® Ultra & Vycross range (from Allergan, creators of BOTOX(R)), as well as a couple of other ranges. These are all smooth consistency gels that are used to restore lost volume and natural facial contours.
Loss of Volume
We have several fat pads in the face. Think of these fat pads as a bunch of helium filled balloons with a thin sheet over them. As the balloons begin to deflate, the sheet begins to fall. The same process happens in the face. In our early, more mid 30’s we start to lose the volume in the cheek area, which leads to skin falling centrally and down. This leads to deepening of our naso-labial folds (smile lines). You can now imagine as more is lost and from different areas, skin is unsupported, and therefore further falls forward, leading to sagging and contributing to the formation of marionette lines and jowls.
This concept of ageing anatomy and identification of these fat pads were a complete game changer. We realised that by restoring lost volume with filler, in a very specific way and location, we could start to lift skin. We can now restore cheek height to its former glory and position. Using filler we can re-define a jawline, bringing back its natural contours, softening jowls. Importantly for a woman’s face we can restore the natural feminine heart shape to her face which is lost as volume sets lower. For men, we can put back the sharp angles that give a more chiselled cheek and chin.
Dermal Fillers FAQ’s
- Which Dermal Filler is right for me?
- How long before I see results?
- Are Dermal Fillers Safe?
- How long does treatment take?
- Are the treatments painful?
Dermal fillers come in varying viscosities (thicknesses), and the dermal filler used will depend on the area being treated, and the amount needed to achieve a natural result. For example, dermal fillers used for mid-face volume restoration are far thicker than dermal fillers used for fine creases in the skin. Thicker dermal fillers are also injected deeper than thinner ones.
Dermal filler treatments are instant. Allowing for some potential swelling, a natural look will be achieved usually within a couple of days, with results lasting 6-18 months, depending on the dermal filler used.
Yes. We use only products with proven safety record. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance which occurs naturally in the cells of the skin, thus there is no risk of allergic reactions. Even people with food sensitivities can receive these fillers safely. The brands of dermal fillers we use are available in more than 90 countries and have been used as an injectable cosmetic treatment for more than two decades with an excellent safety record.
The treatment is quick, typically taking about 20-30 minutes. Treatment with does not affect facial expression and the benefits can normally be seen instantly
It can be painful if the procedure is carried out by injector who is not as skilled.
Generally, basic dermal filler procedures require no anaesthetic as the dermal filler contains local anaesthetic. It is simple and straight-forward, involving a few tiny injections directly into the skin, and takes between 15–30 minutes. Make-up can be applied immediately after the procedure and you can go straight back to work. Result can be seen immediately. Optimal results can be maintained over a long period of time through regular repeated treatments. The procedure varies from person to person depending on your requirements and the severity of the wrinkles that are being treated, in addition to the particular dermal filler being administered.