Volumization & Rejuvenation
What is Dermal Filler?
Dermal Fillers are hyaluronic acid. They are a non-animal-base molecule that naturally exists in the human body. It should appear crystal clear in appearance and have a gel like consistency. Dermal fillers will come in different textures, density, and injection depths. Depending on the area being treated and your aesthetic goal, we will choose a dermal filler that is right for you. Dermal fillers rely heavily on its ability to attract water molecules to further plump up the skin. This provides the skin with more hydration and glow. Most fillers are pre-mixed with Lidocaine, an anesthetic agent, which helps to make the procedure more comfortable for you. If you have an allergy to Lidocaine, it is important to inform us so we can ensure we are using a Lidocaine-free dermal filler. What makes dermal filler with hyaluronic acid so popular with patients and practitioners is that it can be dissolved and it is a temporary procedure. Most dermal fillers only last 9-12 months.
What is Dermal Filler used for?
Dermal Fillers are used to restore volume and augment areas of the face. Areas of augmentation may include:
Dermal Filler can also help with lines or wrinkles that are unable to be effectively treated with Botox. These may include:
Lines around the lips
Lines on the lateral cheek
What brands of Dermal Filler do we carry?
Only Health Canada Approved Dermal Fillers are used. Brands we carry include:
Revanesse (Ultra, Contour, Shape)
Restylane (Lyft, Volyme, Refyne. Defyne, Kysse, Skinboosters)
Belotero (Intense, Volume, Balance)
What to Expect During Consultation
We begin all appointments with a consultation. During the consultation, we review he area(s) of concern, and review your medical history. It is important to fully disclose your medical history prior to treatment as certain allergies, skin & neurological conditions or medications can jeopardize your safety or results.
We will then complete a telemedicine consultation with the Nurse Practitioner who will be verifying your health history, dose and consent for treatment.
What to Expect During Treatment
It is preferred that you attend your appointment without makeup. This is to ensure the area can be properly cleansed and we are able to view any changes in the skin. After the area being treated is cleaned, we apply topical Lidocaine aesthetic to help numb the area. Other options for pain management may include topical ice or a dental block. After about 15 minutes, we will begin the treatment. The dermal filler will be injected using a needle or blunt tip cannula. Your injector will be monitoring you closely during the treatment. Most treatments with dermal filler take 45-60 minutes.
What to Expect Post Procedure
After your appointment, it is common to have mild bruising and swelling. This is temporary and should begin to resolve over the next few days. It is best to avoid exercise for 24-48 hours after dermal filler, but depending on the areas being treated, your injector will provide you with instructions. Areas such as the lips typically swell more. Using topical ice application, acetaminophen and keeping your head elevated during sleep may help this resolve quicker. Topical Arnica may be applied to help reduce bruising. Lumps and bumps are also normal during the first 2 weeks. Booking a 2 week follow up appointment is encouraged to assess the outcome of injections.