Enhance Your Appearance Without Surgery
For a more youthful appearance without undergoing surgery, dermal fillers may be an effective option. Hyaluronic acid, the most commonly used dermal filler is used both for prevention of wrinkles and for active rehydration, tightening and smoothing the skin of the face, neck, décolletage and back of the hands. Dermal fillers can add youthful volume, lift and enhance the shape of the face, improve the appearance of recessed scars and smooth out facial wrinkles – offering some of the benefits of surgical facelifts without the downtime. Dermal fillers have many uses, can be tailored to your needs and can be used in conjunction with BOTOX® (called a Soft Lift™).
Smoothing Deep Folds
When it comes to deep folds, the smile lines between the nose and the corners of the mouth are usually those that bother most women as they become more pronounced over time. These include the laugh lines, marionette lines, or frowning mouth lines. Sometimes a subtle enhancement can make a big difference. Injections can be given at one or more appointments, until the desired result is achieved.
The process of natural aging in the face is a combination of 3 factors:
- Skin dehydration leading to a decrease in skin quality
- Loss of facial fat resulting in sagging of the skin and volume loss, which contributes to the appearance of lines, wrinkles and folds
- Loss of muscle tissue resulting in volume loss which contributes to changes in facial contours.
A combination of various dermal fillers will help preserve beauty and youth by restoring facial volume, redefining lip shape and reducing lines, wrinkles and folds.
Defining Your Jawline
Facial volume loss associated with the aging process results in sagging of the skin in many facial areas including the jawline, resulting in the formation of jowls and leaves the pre-jowl area hollow. Radiesse can be used to instantly lift, smooth and restore loss of volume in areas of your lower face. Whether you would like a more distinct jawline or a clearly defined angle to make your face appear more refined, your treatment will be personalized according to your desired aesthetic results.
Fresh and Beautiful
The under eye area may have a hollowed look due to genetics, volume loss due to aging, or from environmental and health factors. Hollowness can affect the whole under eye area all the way to the upper cheeks, or just the small area directly below the eyes called the tear trough. Tear-trough filler helps smooth and diffuse dark shadows giving you a brighter, more youthful look.
During a non-surgical Rhinoplasty, filler is injected into the nose to temporarily tweak and manipulate the shape. Patients looking to fix the size of the tip of their nose, straighten a hump, or smooth out the bridge, make good candidates. Dramatic improvement can be seen in a single treatment.
Dr. Dawes and/or his Nurse injector use a number of unique dermal fillers—during your consultation, they will assess your needs and provide a personalized treatment plan. This is done by using a range of HA products, from the lighter fillers that smooth, to deep volumizing fillers that replace the lost tissues and rebuild facial contours. One of the great advantages of dermal fillers and volumizers is that the effects are long lasting, between 9 and 18 months. Duration depends on many factors, such as the type of treatment, the treated area, skin type, skin condition, metabolism, lifestyle and age. Lip enhancement generally has a shorter duration as the hyaluronic acid is usually degraded faster in areas where there is more facial movement.
Areas that can be Improved by Dermal Fillers
- Brow height
- Hollowing (sunken appearance) around temples
- Hollowed appearance of upper and lower eyelids
- Achieve more pronounced cheek bones
- Smile lines (nasolabial folds)
- Achieve fuller, more balanced lips
- Correct down-turned mouth corners
- Smooth facial contours
- Non-surgical rhinoplasty
- Finelines everywhere
- Lip lines
- Balance chin profile relative to nasal projection
- Protruding veins and tendons in the hands
Hyaluronic acid is a commonly-used dermal filler made of the same complex sugar that is found naturally in body tissues, such as skin and cartilage. It is used in a smooth gel form, and binds to water in the deep layers of skin to create more volume and elasticity—allowing an effective, temporary treatment that can fill facial lines and wrinkles, restore lost volume and enhance facial contours.
In addition to the initial consultation, a dermal filler procedure can take from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on areas to be treated.
There is temporary discomfort as the injection is made with a fine needle into the skin. We offer topical anesthetics and fillers containing local anesthetics to help ease any discomfort. Dr. Dawes and his nurse injector have injected thousands of patients and helps to ensure that they experience the least amount of pain possible.
Dermal filler procedures are generally well-tolerated. Some common side effects are related to localized skin reactions, such as redness, tenderness and bruising, and usually resolve within one week. Other side effects may depend on the specific treatment and products used. All risks of your particular treatment are discussed by Dr. Dawes and/or his nurse injector at the time of consultation, and will be fully disclosed in writing prior to treatment.
Results vary, depending on type of dermal filler and treatment used, and patient individuality. Average result time:
- Hyaluronic acid, up to one year
- Calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse), up to one year
Even though considered temporary, improperly placed hyaluronic acid can be reversed with the injection of an enzyme, for rapid breakdown of the filler. Calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse) is not reversible, however the effects will dissolve completely after 8-12 months.
Those who can be licensed to administer dermal filler injections are limited to:
- Physicians actively licensed by the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta
- Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners actively licensed by the College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, who are injecting with sufficient education and training in this procedure, and with support from a physician
- Licensed Practical Nurses actively registered with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta who are injecting with additional education and training in this procedure, and with support from a physician
Aestheticians, medical aestheticians and dentists are NOT licensed to administer dermal fillers in Alberta unless they meet the above criteria.
Some patients experience swelling or redness which usually subsides soon after treatment. Some return to work immediately after treatment. You may experience slight bruising at the injection site.