Have you ever looked at someone’s face and wondered how they get so lucky to have a chiselled jaw and cheekbones so sharp that it could probably cut through stone? Maybe this is an exaggerated thought but there is a great chance that it has crossed your mind while looking at a celebrity’s selfie on social media, or while passing by the magazine corner in the supermarket and you just happened to glance at the perfect, air-brushed image of the latest cover model. It is easy to say that these people have won the golden ticket in the genetic lottery but the truth is, as you might probably suspect, there is more to those chiselled, sharp features than just plain genetics.
Whether it was achieved through the expert-level application of contour, bronzer, and highlight or it could be the magic of Photoshop, there is an alternative solution that requires no skill set and no effort on your end: dermal or face fillers. These fillers were initially used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and areas of the face with volume and collagen loss due to ageing. Most fillers are composed of a substance called hyaluronic acid, a natural filler that can be found in parts of the body such as connective tissues, skin tissues, joint fluid and cartilage. Hyaluronic acid is very effective in delivering moisture and keeping it together into the skin so that the skin can fully absorb it. The hydrating power of the hyaluronic acid is so great that it can instantly make the skin plump, supple, and youthful-looking, thus reducing the effects of ageing and significantly improving facial contours. Since hyaluronic acid is already found in the body, it poses no risk of an allergic reaction to most people and that makes it suitable for filler treatment.
Dermal fillers in Singapore that use hyaluronic acid are injected to certain areas of the face like the chin, jawline, cheekbones, and lips to create a contoured, sharper-looking visage. If you covet the highly-contoured face of a celebrity, say Kim Kardashian, your doctor can inject a higher quantity of filler to get that big, dramatic effect. You can also get fillers to improve facial symmetry: the hollowing under the eyes and on the cheeks can be plumped out, lines along the mouth and nose can be softened, and the chin can be contoured to achieve a V-shape silhouette.
This article from MY Medical Aesthetics, a premier aesthetic clinic in Singapore, will provide you with everything that you need to know about fillers: the types of fillers available in the market as well as the risks and possible side effects.
Types of Fillers in Singapore
Aside from common hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, there are also semi-permanent fillers available in Singapore. Plastic surgeons use semi-permanent fillers to enhance fullness of the cheeks and other facial contours, treat deep wrinkles and pitted scars, augment thin lips, and replace volume that is lost in the face due to ageing. This type of dermal filler produces a very natural result, does not migrate, and is known to be quite stable over time. Examples of semi-permanent fillers in Singapore include calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse), polyalkymide (Aquamid), polylactic acid (Sculptura), and polymethyl-methacrylate microsphere (Bellafill).
One the other hand, we also have the two most popular brands of injectable HA fillers:
- Juvederm Fillers. This is a well-known hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler. It is typically used to add volume to facial tissues in the cheeks, lips, and around the mouth and nose area. It also boasts of a collagen-stimulating effect that helps achieve supple skin.
Given the fact that muscle movement eventually causes the dermal fillers to collapse, the area in which the Juvederm filler is injected determines how long the desired results will last. If Juvederm is applied to the mouth area where there is a great deal of movement, the result may last for four to six months. When the product is injected to areas with minimal muscle movement, such as beneath the eyes, it may last for nine months to a year. Basically, the more movements a treated area have, the shorter the span of time that the results will last.
- Restylane Fillers. This is another brand of HA-based dermal filler with a collagen-stimulating treatment. It is used to treat wrinkles, fine lines, and dark under-eye circles and it also acts as a lip-enhancer. Restylane adds fullness and volume to the face with a solution of hyaluronic acid and other natural ingredients.
Both fillers are ideal for enhancing facial features. They involve non-invasive procedures with minimal side effects. When it comes to texture, Juvederm is made up of a smoother substance while Restylane is more gel-like in nature. This makes Juvederm easier to inject on very fine lines, but it may not be suitable for hollow facial areas.
Restylane, on the other side, has a cohesive texture that stays intact and stable after injection. Your doctor will need to mould it into the desired shape and this makes it a good choice if you are looking for a filler that can build volume.
Both fillers are expected to last for nine to twelve months, but you must keep in mind that the efficacy of any type of fillers still depend on the patient since there are certain individuals who have a higher rate of absorption.
You can contact the MY Medical Aesthetics clinic for a more in-depth comparison of the different types of dermal filler.
Side Effects and Risks of Fillers
Dermal fillers are generally considered safe. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers do not require allergy tests prior to being used in treatment because HA is a substance that naturally occurs in the body. If you opt for dermal fillers that use animal or synthetic products, make sure that you get a skin test first to check if you have an allergy.
Swelling, redness, itching, bruising, slight pain or discomfort is some of the minimal side effects that may experience after getting dermal fillers in Singapore. Most of these are short-lived and mild so you have nothing to worry about. The side effects are expected to be gone or heal after seven days or less. In rare cases, there is infection or movement of the filler. You need to contact your doctor if any side effect continues to persist.
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