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DERMAL FILLER TREATMENT

"We’re all unique, and we want to keep it that way. Our job is to enhance, not to change. This is how we help you achieve natural results that fit you." - GMA

GMA uses dermal fillers for two main reasons:

1. To aesthetically enhance and define facial features such as the nose, chin, lips and cheeks, while achieving facial balance and harmony. To yield natural, beautiful results, we do not look at individual parts and features in isolation, but rather everything as whole.

2. To restore a more youthful appearance:

√ Filling areas where patients have experienced volume loss as a result of aging

√ Minimizing the appearance of deep static wrinkles

√ Skin tightening and lifting with fillers

Filler Injections at GMA:

1. Under Eye Fillers and Tear Trough Treatment:

It may be genetics or a sign of aging when skin starts to thin below the eyes and we begin to see dark circles and under-eye hollowness. One of the ways we can treat tear troughs is with fillers. For the treatment of tear troughs, we use a filler engineered specifically for the under-eye. While the selection of product is important, having an experienced injector perform the treatment is key. Due to the fact that the skin is relatively thin with many fine blood vessels below the eyes, the injector must use specialised techniques to ensure a safe treatment and natural results.

1. Under Eye Fillers and Tear Trough Treatment:

It may be genetics or a sign of aging when skin starts to thin below the eyes and we begin to see dark circles and under-eye hollowness. One of the ways we can treat tear troughs is with fillers. For the treatment of tear troughs, we use a filler engineered specifically for the under-eye. While the selection of product is important, having an experienced injector perform the treatment is key. Due to the fact that the skin is relatively thin with many fine blood vessels below the eyes, the injector must use specialised techniques to ensure a safe treatment and natural results.

2. Lip Injections:

As we age, we tend to lose volume in the lips and lines begin to form. Lip fillers will help to minimize the appearance of those lines.

While it has been an aesthetic trend to add more volume to the lips, the appropriate shape and size of the lips depend on the patient’s facial features. Beautiful lips are only beautiful if it contributes to a balanced facial profile. That is, the lips have to harmonize with the patient’s nose, chin and face shape.  During consultation, we will assess the patient’s features and characteristics to provide a professional recommendation.

3. Nose and Chin Augmentation:

At GMA, we specialize in non-surgical nose and chin augmentation. Our goal is to enhance and define such features while achieving facial balance and harmony.

3. Nose and Chin Augmentation:

At GMA, we specialize in non-surgical nose and chin augmentation. Our goal is to enhance and define such features while achieving facial balance and harmony.

4. Cheek Fillers / Face Fillers:

With age, we lose volume in various areas of the face, especially the cheeks, the brows, the temples and the lips. Hollowness in the cheeks is a result of reduced collagen and elastin production, fat tissue loss and bone shrinkage.  When the integrity of the skin’s support system is compromised, the skin will become to sag and we may begin to see deeper nasolabial folds (smile lines) and jowls.  It is important to note that volume loss in one area will affect other areas. It is insufficient to look at sagging skin and wrinkles in isolation. To determine the most effective treatment, we always look at everything as a whole.

Fortunately, we are able to reverse signs of aging by filling the cheeks and giving the skin more structure and support. In other words, cheek fillers can effectively lift and tighten the skin and help with the appearance of nasolabial folds and jowls. After treatment, patients can expect to look more youthful and refreshed.

Filling the cheeks will also add definition to the face. Fillers can be used to create more prominent, defined cheeks.

5. Jawline Fillers

Dermal fillers can be injected in the jaw area to help contour and define the jawline. The injection will also help lift the skin of the jawline area and reduce the appearance of jowls.

5. Jawline Fillers

Dermal fillers can be injected in the jaw area to help contour and define the jawline. The injection will also help lift the skin of the jawline area and reduce the appearance of jowls.

6. Facial Asymmetry and Dermal Fillers

Facial asymmetry may be due to genetics and/or personal habits (i.e., sleeping and chewing habits). Depending on the area and the extent of asymmetry, dermal fillers may be a viable option.

7. Wrinkle Injections:

Botulinum toxin injections are effective when it comes to preventing and reducing wrinkles. However, botulinum toxin by itself may not be sufficient to rid deep static wrinkles (wrinkles that are existent without facial expression) or wrinkles and lines that are unrelated with muscle contractions.

Fillers can be used to fill deep static lines and nasolabial folds for facial rejuvenation.

7. Wrinkle Injections:

Botulinum toxin injections are effective when it comes to preventing and reducing wrinkles. However, botulinum toxin by itself may not be sufficient to rid deep static wrinkles (wrinkles that are existent without facial expression) or wrinkles and lines that are unrelated with muscle contractions.

Fillers can be used to fill deep static lines and nasolabial folds for facial rejuvenation.

Dermal Filler FAQs

What is dermal filler?

Dermal fillers are made from synthetic hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a type of sugar that is found naturally in the skin and cartilage.  HA is important for youthful skin as it binds to water and keeps the skin hydrated and plump. 

In hyaluronic acid’s natural form (long chain HA), the substance is a liquid which the body metabolizes in about half a day. HA in dermal fillers are crosslinked (chemically modified) so that it is changed into a gel form and lasts much longer once injected inside the facial tissue. When HA is in the gel form, it absorbs water and swells, giving it the ability to add volume and smooth and fill. 

Which brand of dermal filler should I use?

After consultation and skin assessment, depending on the treatment area and the patient’s needs, we will select the most suitable product.

At GMA, we use only Health-Canada approved technologies and brands including Teosyal and Juvéderm.

How much do dermal fillers cost?

The price varies depending on the treatment area and amount of product required to achieve desirable results. Treatment areas that are more complex and require more medical professional expertise will cost more.

It is important to remember that when considering the cost of fillers, you are not only paying for the filler, but the competency, experience and qualifications of the professional injector. Being treated by an experienced medical professional is essential for your safety and optimal outcomes.

Will injections hurt?

To limit discomfort, we apply ice or lidocaine (topical anesthetics) prior to injection. Our dermal fillers also contain lidocaine which helps to further numb the treatment site. 

How long does the treatment usually take?

If it is your first treatment with GMA, expect an extra 30 minutes for consultation and skin assessment. The injection process itself is on average 30 minutes and will vary depending on:

  • Number of areas to be treated
  • Number of syringes required
  • Complexity of the treatment area

How long do fillers last?

The longevity of the filler depends on a number of factors:

  • Treatment area
  • Injection technique
  • Patient’s own metabolism
  • Product used (density of the filler)

Results vary from patient to patient and typically last anywhere from 9 to 18 months.

Can dermal fillers be removed?

Yes, we are able to dissolve the fillers by injecting an enzyme known as hyaluronidase in the area of concern.

When will I see results?

You can expect to see immediate results following injection. However, it may take up to two weeks for the filler to settle into its final shape and position as it absorbs water. Therefore, it is crucial that patients drink more water (minimum of 5-7 glasses) for up to two weeks to help the filler settle and maintain its shape.

What are the potential side effects of dermal fillers?

After treatment, patients may experience some pain/discomfort at the injection site, redness, swelling, bruising, and itching. These side effects will resolve on its own and typically subside within 7-14 days.   

Rare reactions include hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to the gel and keloid scarring. An extremely rare adverse event is arterial or vein embolism. This occurs when the gel is injected in the blood vessel. To minimize potential risks, it is of utmost importance to find an experienced injector to perform the treatment.

What is the downtime with filler treatment?

There is usually no downtime associated with filler treatment. In some cases, patients may experience swelling for up to two weeks. 

What’s the difference between filler and botulinum toxin?

Botulinum toxin is a medication injected into the face to relax muscles that contribute to the formation of wrinkles.  Filler is a gel-like substance that adds volume and thus smooths and fills wrinkles. Dermal fillers can also be used to aesthetically enhance facial features.

Does filler stimulate collagen production?

Some studies have shown that fillers can induce the production of collagen. Following treatment, some patients may notice their skin appearing more refreshed and rejuvenated.

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