Time to Fill ?! It’s the time of the year when you want to look your very best for that year end function, or just to confidently embrace the lovely summer that’s upon us in South Africa. One sure-fire and quick way to do this is to enhance your facial features by either highlighting them or ‘toning down’ those lines and skin folds that inevitably appear with the progress of time. The careful use of wrinkle reducing injections with for instance Botulinum Toxin A (BOTOX® or DYSPORT® in S.A.) to temporarily prevent the underlying facial muscles from contracting and enhancing those wrinkles and lines is a relatively safe and effective way to achieve this, and so is the use of Skin / Dermal fillers such as RESTYLANE®, JUVEDERM®, TEOXYAL® and ELLANSE® which are commonly used in SA. These products are used extensively throughout the world, and on a daily basis, to achieve aesthetic improvements as mentioned here. Today, a brief expose on ‘FILLERS’ for facial enhancements …
1. Skin / Dermal Fillers are made from various substances and one’s own body fat is excellent filler that can also be used. The commonest constituent of readily available fillers is a natural substance called Hyaluronic Acid – something that our bodies produces in abundance while we’re young, but then gets ‘lazy’ with age and the amounts produced diminishes with time, causing dry and ‘loose’ skin. Being a natural product, Hyaluronic Acid is metabolised (degraded & absorbed) by our bodies and hence, does not stay in our bodies permanently, necessitating further treatments every so often.
2. Skin / Dermal fillers help to soften facial lines / wrinkles and restore lost volume and add a youthful fullness to the face. The ‘lighter’ fillers are also used to add hydration to the skin and hands or neck areas. Dermal fillers can be used to:
. Plump thin lips . Enhance shallow contours . Soften facial creases and wrinkles . Improve the appearance of recessed scars . Improve the contours of the nose and chin . Hydrate the skin and lips
3. Fillers can be used on just about anyone and Dr Manoj Bagwandeen at CapeMAC will do a full assessment to ensure that there are no conditions that may negate the use of filler in you. It’s best to stop smoking (totally) and to not take anti-inflammatory products for a few days before the procedure.
4. The procedure itself is done by Dr Manoj Bagwandeen at CapeMAC, after doing detailed assessments – including facial analyses with photographs, and then deciding with you as to what the best treatment should be to get the results you want. The procedure is done in a medical procedure room and local anaesthetic can be applied to the skin before treatment starts. We can also give you a mild sedative, in case you’re way too anxious! The injection of the filler is done under very controlled techniques and is very gentle. After getting the filler into the area we want it in, Dr Bagwandeen will massage it into place to ‘sculpt’ the desired result.
5. There is minimal post-procedure care needed and this will be discussed with you during the consultation. The full procedure takes between 10 – 30 minutes, depending on the areas to be treated, and you are good to go back to your daily activities after the procedure (with some exclusions, of course). Patients do not routinely need any pain-killers after the procedure, but if needed, then Doctor will ensure that you get them.
6. There are many myths, misconceptions and anxieties about the use of such treatments. Dr Manoj Bagwandeen will be glad to discuss any queries and questions you may have about the use of Fillers for yourself.
Contact us now at CapeMAC for your first step towards a more confident ‘you’.