Designed to fill in the volume the face has lost over time due to aging, fillers most commonly include a natural protein known as hyaluronic acid (found in and under our skin) injected into areas suffering from volume loss, or static lines. Fillers may also help stimulate the production of collagen.
A range of FDA-approved fillers are available at Angeline Yong Dermatology which includes:
- Juvederm from Allergan
- Restylane from Galderma
- Belotero from Merz
- Profhilo from IBSA (New*)
As the areas on the skin are filled up, the skin “plumps up,” and wrinkles become less obvious. The most common substance injected is hyaluronic acid gel. It is safe and poses minimal risks to the skin. Over time, the body slowly uses up the protein gel and completely recycles it to produce essential components like skin and hair.
Each product line contains different formulations and densities to treat different areas. Typically, denser fillers are injected deeper into the skin while lighter fillers are injected for fine lines and areas such as the lips and tear troughs. Certain hyaluronic acid fillers are also used for skin hydration.
Common indications for fillers:
- Static deep glabellar rhytides
- Static forehead “worry lines” rhytides
- Temporal augmentation
- Tear trough
- Nasal augmentation
- Nasolabial folds
- Distensible scars (e.g. acne scars)
- Fat atrophy of the cheek
- Lip augmentation (Contour & profile)
- Volume enhancement
- Vermillion border enhancement
- Philthral crest definition
- Marionette lines
- Lip rhytides
- Chin augmentation
- Volume loss at the back of the hands
- Skin hydrating boosters are also used to improve the moisture-levels in your skin
Juvederm, Restylane and Belotero are used at Angeline Yong Dermatology to achieve optimal results tailored specifically for each individual’s needs.
- A topical numbing agent is applied
- Filler is injected into the area requiring treatment
- The area is gently massaged to spread the product
- Number of injections/product used is based on the extent of repair or enhancement desired
The latest filler products contain lidocaine (an anaesthetic), making patients more comfortable during and after the procedure. Results are usually visible contemporaneously with most filler treatments, and last from 6-12 months on average, depending on the type of filler used and location it is injected into.