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Injectable Fillers

Injectable fillers, also known as dermal fillers or soft tissue fillers, are materials injected under the skin to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, lines, folds and indented scars. Injectable fillers can also be used to enhance facial contours.

They are used for cosmetic reasons and can help to:

  • Plump thin lips
  • Enhance shallow contours
  • Soften facial creases and wrinkles
  • Improve the appearance of recessed scars

There are five main categories of injectable fillers, these are:

  • Hyaluronic acid gel, a sugar-like component of skin
  • Collagens, connective tissue proteins derived from treated human, cow or pig tissue
  • Fat injections, from a donor or your own body
  • Synthetic polymer gels
  • Polylactic acid, which stimulates skin cells to produce collagen

Before you decide on soft tissue augmentation with the use of injectable fillers, there are some important issues to keep in mind:

  • Injectable fillers cannot halt the ageing process or the effects of ageing
  • Deep wrinkles may appear less obvious after injectable fillers are applied, but they may not disappear. Sometimes, improvements are minimal or unnoticeable
  • Non-surgical rejuvenation treatments such as injectable fillers may not be able to achieve the same results as surgical treatments. However, it may help delay the time at which surgical treatments, such as a facelift, become appropriate

Injectable fillers may be a good option for you if:

  • You are physically healthy
  • You have realistic expectations of what skin rejuvenation can accomplish
  • You are a non-smoker or have stopped smoking

Anaesthesia is usually not required for injections of dermal fillers. Some discomfort during the procedure is normal. However, if pain relief is required, local anaesthesia may be applied to the skin or inject with a needle.

Injections of dermal fillers is generally safe but does have the potential for risks and complications to occur.

Some risks and complications associated with injectable fillers may include but are not limited to:

  • Stinging, redness or itchiness
  • Pain
  • Bleeding and bruising
  • Allergic reaction to fillers
  • Infection
  • Formation of small lumps (nodules) under the skin
  • Discoloration of the skin including small blue or purple patches caused by bleeding near the injecting site
  • Movement of filler material
  • Inflammatory and autoimmune reactions
  • Formation of pimples, like acne, near the injection site
  • Localised scarring and skin damage
  • Rarely, an area of skin’s blood supply may get blocked off by the filler, resulting in ischemia or necrosis of that patch of skin
  • Very rarely, blood supply to the eye can be compromised, leading to potential for blindness, however, this is an extremely rare event

Depending on the extent of your procedure, further treatment may be necessary to achieve the optimal result or to correct minor irregularities.

DR MICHAEL YUNAEV

“Dr Michael Yunaev is an Oncoplastic Breast, General and Cosmetic Surgeon and is the Principal Doctor at Breast & Body Clinic. Dr Yunaev is a highly trained Surgeon with extensive experience and passion for treatment of all aspects of Breast Cancer Surgery, Benign and Congenital Breast Disease and Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery, as well as General Surgery.”

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