Facial fillers are the choice treatment for those looking to improve various signs of aging. Restore lost fullness, create subtle enhancements, and get natural-looking results quickly, safely, and effectively. At your consultation for facial fillers, your doctor will recommend using either hyaluronic acid or collagen-stimulating products.
How do hyaluronic acid fillers work?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance that occurs naturally in your body. HA enables tissue to stay hydrated, keeping the skin plump. Aging slows the production of your natural hyaluronic acid, resulting in volume loss, wrinkles, and fine lines.
HA dermal fillers contain HA that closely resembles what your body produces naturally. When injected into the skin, HA fillers provide immediate results with volume and lift. If you’re worried about discomfort, rest assured that most facial fillers contain lidocaine to relieve pain.
What areas do facial fillers treat?
Depending on your desired outcome, your doctor will recommend how to best leverage facial fillers. Typically, HA-based fillers are used to:
- Lift and contour cheeks
- Smooth smile lines
- Sculpt cheekbones, jawline, and chin
- Soften the signs of aging around the mouth, jowls and temples
- Correct volume loss in the under-eye area
- Enhance and contour the lips
How long do HA facial fillers last?
Depending on the area treated and the type of filler used, your results can last anywhere between six months to two years.
What brand of HA filler should my doctor use?
There are a number of trusted HA-based fillers, including Teosyal®, Belotero®, Revanesse®, Juvederm® and Restylane®. Each of these brands have been approved by Health Canada and provide natural-looking results when injected by an experienced doctor.
How do collagen-stimulating fillers work?
Collagen-stimulating fillers ignite the production of collagen that naturally decreases with aging, to effectively treat lines, wrinkles and volume loss in the mid to lower half of the face. Injections create an immediately fresh appearance. The Radiesse® brand is the only approved collagen-stimulating filler in Canada.
What areas do collagen-stimulating fillers treat?
Enhance your appearance by providing a subtle, natural lift in the following areas:
- Smile lines (also known as nasolabial folds)
- Marionette lines that form outside the mouth
- Jawline, chin and cheek
- Pre-jowl folds
- Volume loss in hands
- Corner mouth lines (these can create an “upside down” smile)
- Chin wrinkles (this can create an arc below your lower lip)
How long do collagen-stimulating fillers last?
Results typically last anywhere from 12 to 18 months. Collagen-stimulating fillers for the face provide continuous, natural looking results as your body continues to create more collagen well after the time of the injection.
What should I expect from my experience? Are facial fillers safe?
During the consultation, your doctor will carefully assess your facial anatomy to determine the best method of treatment and explain any potential facial filler side effects. An experienced and highly specialized doctor understands how changes in the underlying structures of the face contribute to signs of aging, and will identify the ideal techniques to restore a youthful, natural-looking appearance. A continuous treatment plan may be suggested to tackle different areas over time to achieve an optimal and natural-looking result.
How should I prepare for my facial fillers appointment?
All patients should avoid sun exposure and always wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Your doctor will most likely recommend stalling the use of anti-aging creams and serums, such as Retinol, a few days leading up to treatment. You should also avoid blood thinning medications such as aspirin, Motrin, ibuprofen, and Aleve on the day of the appointment. During your consultation, your doctor will provide specific, personalized instructions on how to prepare for your filler injections based on your unique needs.
Am I a good candidate for HA fillers or collagen-stimulating fillers?
If you want to create subtle natural changes in your face, including rejuvenating your skin, sculpting your jawline, and enhancing your lips, you are most likely a candidate for facial fillers.
The best way to determine candidacy for facial fillers is to have a consultation with your doctor and develop a treatment plan to achieve your aesthetic goals.
Before and After Photos
*Individual results may vary