Facial volume loss is a completely natural part of the body's ageing process. In the past, restoring facial volume often meant invasive plastic surgery. While a surgical facelift can be valuable in some cases, dermal fillers are an effective and non-invasive way to turn back the years.
A simple dermal filler procedure can often produce the same visual effect as invasive surgery. When performed correctly, this type of treatment is much safer and more straightforward, with just a few simple injections in a single visit. Dermal fillers create volume in the face replacing lost and damaged collagen and bone. The overlying tissues appear fuller and smoother resulting in a younger and more rested appearance.
At FaceLab, our dermal fillers are made primarily from a substance that is also naturally found and produced in the body. These fillers attract water molecules from the surrounding tissues when they're injected into the face, with the associated increase in volume helping to soften wrinkles, erase fine lines, and eliminate folds, creases and scars.
Thin suture-like threads are inserted under the skin to stimulate collagen and cause smoothing and tightening of the skin. These threads are also used to create a mesh under wrinkles to define certain parts of the lips and face.
The only limitation as to how much filler can be placed is personal choice. At Facelab, we prefer a less is more approach and encourage patients to return for more filler if they feel that their desired outcome has not been achieved. This approach is sensible and avoids the need for removal of filler if too much has been placed.
Yes, when dermal fillers are placed by inexperienced clinicians or performed without regard for patient safety adverse outcomes can occur. Perhaps the most concerning of all these complications is the injecting of filler into a blood vessel about the upper jaw and eye. This can result in a blockage of blood flow to the eye causing almost instantaneous blindness which is very difficult to reverse. Blood vessels blocked with filler can also result in the loss of the nose tip and part of the lip necrosing. Facelab clinicians are very experienced injectors who follow injection safety protocols checking to see that blood vessel occlusion will not occur each and every time they inject some filler. In the event of a blocked blood vessel, uneven or too much filler, a reversal agent is always on hand to be readily applied to the effected area.
Dermal fillers are used to add volume to the face and smooth out skin folds. The clinicians (dentists / doctors ) at FaceLab are able to use fillers to add fullness to your lips, replace lost volume from the cheekbones, improve the jawline and volumize the chin. Other areas of the face such as brows, temples and the lower eye rim can also be treated.
You no longer have to get frustrated hearing how tired you look when you know that you're not. Dermal filler injections can be a great way to turn back the clock and get a new lease on life.
At Facelab, dermal filler treatment begins with a consultation with one of our experienced clinicians to discuss your concerns, expectations and desired treatment outcomes. If deemed appropriate and time permits, you can have your dermal filler treatment straight away, otherwise an appointment can be scheduled for a more suitable time. In preparation for treatment a complete assessment and detailed facial mapping of the affected area will be performed. The next step will involves the taking of pre - treatment photographs which very useful in the treatment planning process.
An antibacterial agent is used to clean your skin and prepare it for the dermal injections reducing any risk of infection. Occasionally an anaesthetic ointment may be used to numb the area to be treated resulting in minimal pain or discomfort. The dermal fillers used at Facelab all contain a local anaesthetic, so patients should be able to tolerate the treatment with minimal discomfort if any.
You are now ready for your dermal filler treatment. Treatment is carried out in a 'bit by bit' approach, with your clinician massaging the treated area where the filler may feel 'lumpy' and then re-evaluate the results to make sure your treatment is going to plan. If necessary more filler material is placed until the desired treatment outcome achieved. Depending on how many areas are treated, the entire process can last from 15 minutes to an hour.
At FaceLab, we provide a comprehensive care package that includes consultation, treatment, and aftercare. Once the injection procedure has been completed, all skin markings are cleaned away you may be provided with an ice pack to help reduce any possible swelling. Some tenderness about the treatment sites may be experienced for a few days after the dermal injections, but this is not likely to require medication or interfere with your daily activities.
If you're ready to turn back the clock and replace lost facial volume with dermal fillers, please contact a FaceLab location near you for a consultation visit with one of our experienced dentists or doctors.
*Individual results may vary