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 synthesized from a purified, inert and non-biologically active substance present within our own skin. 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. This procedure is often combined with other skin rejuvenation procedures including botulinum toxin type A and/or laser resurfacing.
Dermal fillers have many uses, can be tailored to your needs and can be used in conjunction with BOTOX® (called a Soft Lift™). Dr. Dawes and/or his Nurse injector use a number of unique dermal fillers—during your consultation, they will assess your needs and recommend the right treatment plan for you. Your dermal filler formula is ordered on an individual basis, based on their recommendations.
Results from dermal filler treatments can last anywhere from four months to two years. You may require additional injections to achieve desired results.
Areas that can be Improved by Dermal Fillers
- Restore brow height
- Improve hollowing (sunken appearance) around temples
- Restore ‘hollowed’ appearance of upper and lower eyelids
- Achieve more pronounced cheek bones
- Restore more-youthful smile lines (nasolabial folds)
- Achieve fuller, more balanced lips
- Correct down-turned mouth corners
- Smooth facial contours
- Improve ‘jowls,’ and restore a more youthful jawline
- Balance chin profile relative to nasal projection
- Erase 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.
Recovery discomforts and healing times vary depending on the type of dermal filler used, though activities can normally be resumed immediately following treatment.
Any tenderness, swelling or bruising will resolve within a few days.