Keep it Natural
As we age our skin loses volume and elasticity. We also have a decrease in the production of collagen and elastin. There is loss of fatty pads existing beneath the skin. Even our bony skeleton reabsorbs, especially after menopause. These factors, along with environmental factors such as sun exposure, smoking and stress, contribute to the development of wrinkles, loss of youthful facial fullness and “sagginess”.
What are dermal fillers made of?
Most dermal fillers on the market today are made from a natural substance which helps to soften lines and provide facial fullness and contours. This substance occurs naturally in our bodies and in all living organisms. It cannot be mentioned by name due to TGA regulations in advertising. This group of dermal fillers also has the additional benefit of attracting and retaining moisture while improving the skin’s structure and elasticity.
How do dermal fillers work?
Dermal fillers are used both to fill static lines and create volume where it has been lost, they can also be used for skin rejuvenation, depending on the depth of placement of the filler. Treatment with dermal fillers not only has a filling or volumising effect, the needle piercing the skin stimulates collagen production and the filler attracts water which hydrates the skin.
Safety and side effects
The effectiveness and safety of the non-permanent fillers has been tested in clinical trials for more than a decade in over 70 countries. The fillers used in our treatments are manufactured free from animal proteins and the risk of allergy is correspondingly very small. After the procedure there can be some swelling, redness and bruising. There may be mild tenderness over the area treated. These effects usually settle within a few days.
More significant Complications are rare but possible and can be minimised by careful attention to the anatomy of the face, correct product choice and correct product placement. As I only use non permanent fillers we have the extra security of being able to reverse and dissolve the filler using a natural enzymatic process if there were an issue.
How long do dermal filler last?
Treatments will typically last between six and eighteen months, depending on the area treated, the patient’s lifestyle and skin type. However, recent studies indicate that because the filler restructures collagen and elastin within the skin, the interval between subsequent treatments may increase with repeated treatments.
MD CODES ™ A more sophisticated result
Although it is possible to use many different techniques with dermal fillers and each person requires an individualized approach, I most often use the MD CODES ™ to achieve what I feel is a more sophisticated result.
The MD CODES ™ are a series of precise anatomical tools and techniques developed and taught by Brazilian Plastic Surgeon Dr Mauricio De Maio.
The objective of the MD CODES ™ training program is to deliver a non surgical facelift and improve the emotional attributes of the face which don’t reflect how we feel on the inside, thus we are aiming for our treatment result to be- appearing less saggy, sad, angry or tired.
I find the tools created by Dr De Maio have improved my technical skills, provided a safer way of injecting and allowed for more artistry.