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What is Hyaluronic acid?

It is a carbohydrate used to plump out the skin and soften wrinkles and lines. However, fillers based on hyaluronic acid can also be used for volume restoration when placed deeper in the tissues. It is a safe product that the body breaks down slowly over time. The fillers used to restore facial volume loss are somewhat thicker and more robust than the ones used to soften wrinkles. They include Juvederm Voluma, Belotero Volume, and Emervel Volume. Sculptra is also used, but this is technically a stimulator, and not a filler. Volumising hyaluronic acid fillers plump out hollow cheeks and temples instantly and last up to 18 months.


Why consider dermal fillers?

Even if you have beautiful skin, once your face starts to lose volume (and this usually becomes noticeable in your thirties) you will begin to show signs of aging. Like a balloon deflating, loss of volume in the face worsens the signs of aging such as wrinkles, shadows, and sagging jowls. By restoring this volume using fillers, all of these signs of aging improve, instantly. One of the most dramatic areas of improvement is the dark circles under the eyes.

How are they administered?

Dr. Prendergast will directly inject the most appropriate filler into the area of treatment. These include the deep lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth, tear troughs (under eyes), depressions along the jaw line, the temples, or other hollowed areas of your face. Immediately, wrinkles and lines are filled-in and the fold or depression is vastly improved or gone.

How long is the recovery period?

There is almost no downtime associated with fillers for facial volume. There may be some redness or bruising but this can be concealed with make-up after a few hours. Mild swelling is also possible. You can return to work the next day.

How long do the results last?

This depends on the type of filler used, the volume of filler placed, and the region in the face treated. Hollows under the eyes are improved for up to two years following filler treatments. Other areas in the face may require treatments more regularly.

What are the risks associated with hyaluronic acid fillers?

Millions of filler treatments are performed annually. Although the risks are low and complications are not common, serious adverse effects are possible, particularly if the filler is injected in an inappropriate manner or by an inexperienced injector. Adverse events include swelling, bruising, and lumpiness. Allergic reactions to any product are possible. At Venus Medical we do not use permanent fillers which can cause serious side-effects. Certain parts of the face, including around the eyes, are much less forgiving and should only be performed by very experienced aesthetic doctors.


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