Over time the face loses fat and bone resorption can occur leading to mid facial areas becoming saggy, flat or even having a hollow appearance. This includes the cheeks and tear troughs (the area beneath the eye).
Dermal fillers can be used to restore the lost volume in these areas. They can also be used to add shape and definition to areas such as the nose (non-surgical rhinoplasty). A non-surgical substitute for conventional surgery, it can create fantastic results in a matter of minutes.
There are 4 stages involved in having these procedures:
- Consultation with Dr Sanaa Kader. A free of charge, no obligation consultation to include a discussion of what you are concerned about and looking for, and then medical history and consent form completion. Clinical photographs will be taken at this stage.
- Treatment. A treatment appointment would typically last 20-30 minutes depending on what treatment is being provided. Topical local anaesthetic cream is needed for this and there is very little discomfort as a result of this. Full aftercare instructions will be provided, and a follow up appointment arranged.
- Recovery. The majority of people require no downtime following these procedures and can return to normal activities the same day.
- Review. Results are seen immediately. The full result is usually seen 7-14 days after treatment and can be expected to last 6-18 months. You will be asked to come back for a review and final photographs for documentation.
It’s important to understand that your wishes must dictate the results. If you do not want “hamster cheeks”, you will not have them! I feel it is crucial to spend time discussing with my patients what my aims of treatment are, so that we can understand what results to expect.
I often see patients that shudder at the thought of looking “fake” and this puts them off ever having filler treatments. In reality, it is practically impossible to “over-do” fillers in a single cautious treatment. Where things can go wrong is when people keep adding filler over numerous sessions until their results look disproportionate and unnatural. You may ask “but why?” and the answer is not simple.
Some people enjoy the process of change, some may have lost the ability to objectively assess their appearance, others may not be clear on where they can draw the line between self-expression and risk to their health. In such cases it has to be the responsibility of the practitioner to guide their patient away from treatments that will give poor aesthetic or clinical results.
The results following a filler treatment will, of course, vary from person to person and the areas treated. It is normal for there to be some swelling and possibly even some bruising for a few days after facial fillers but generally you will see an immediate difference in volume and shape of the treated area. The results tend to improve as the swelling settles and the filler begins to sit more naturally in the skin. This may take around two weeks.