Dermal Fillers can be administered in Nelson or at Churchill Private Hospital in Blenheim.
By injecting gel-like substances into the skin or lips, Dermal Fillers physically lift and sculpt areas of the face, neck and décolletage. This helps correct wrinkles, folds, scars and asymmetries. The safest Dermal Fillers are non-permanent gels made synthetically from Hyaluronic Acid (HA), a carbohydrate. Because HAs are naturally present in the skin but decline with aging, fillers made from them are an ideal choice for rejuvenation. We do not recommend the use of ‘permanent‘ fillers due to the high risk of side effects and long-term complications.
As the years pass, the bones of the face shrink, as well as fat and soft tissue being lost from under the skin. This leaves hollows under the eyes, at the temples and at the corners of the mouth, pleating across the cheeks, and grooves running from the nose to the mouth. The ‘apple’ of the cheek may also sink. All these signs can be corrected by ‘revolumising’ with fillers placed deeper within the skin. This is the so-called Liquid or non-surgical Face Lift, restoring your youthful “Triangle of Beauty”.
Lip lines, frown lines, forehead lines, smile lines, and crows feet can be all treated with Fillers alone or with Botox® for more stubborn wrinkles, creating a more even and smooth complexion. Fillers are ideal for increasing lip size and enhancing lip shape, or merely restoring your natural lip hydration and border, preventing lipstick bleed so you can keep using your favourite colours and glosses.
Injections of Dermal Fillers needn’t hurt. Depending on where we are injecting we can use ‘dental blocks’ or local anaesthetic injections, local anaesthetic creams, or fillers containing local anaesthetic already, along with ice. Most people report that their procedure is painless or close to it.
There may be temporary puffiness of the treated areas, and occasionally local redness, tenderness, and or slight bruising. These are normal and expected, and settle within a few days. Robyn can apply mineral makeup to disguise any immediate changes to get you home or back to work. Avoidance of aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatorys (eg Cataflam or Nurofen), St John’s Wort, Fish Oils and Vitiman E supplements, for 4-5 days pre-treatment which will reduce the risk of bruising at injection sites.
Dermal Fillers are not suitable for pregnant or breast feeding women and cannot be injected into infected areas of skin. If you are prone to cold sores, we can prescribe antiviral tablets to prevent reactivation after filler injections.
Dermal Fillers last from 6-18 months depending on which product is used. Most people benefit from repeat injections before the full effect wears off, with lesser volumes required to maintain the effect.
At enhanceskin (Nelson and Blenheim), a safe natural result is our prime goal for you, and we can select from a range of products that best suits your needs and budget.
What can I expect after the treatment?
After the treatment you may experience, redness, swelling and tenderness & occasionally mild bruising, which can last for the first 1-2 days, or occasionally up to a week or so.
How long will the treatment last?
Depending on the area being treated and the type of dermal filler used, a one off treatment can last on average about 6-15 months.
Does the treatment hurt?
Dermal Fillers are injected with a very tiny needle. A numbing cream and or ice is used in most areas, so most patients tolerate it very well – reporting a tiny pinching sensation with each injection. When treating lips, your lips will be made numb with anaesthetic injections, similar to when you have injections at the dentist.
Is it safe?
At Enhanceskin we only use hyaluronan (or hyaluronic acid) based fillers. These products are totally biodegradable and well tolerated as they are slowly broken down to water by your body. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule found naturally in our bodies.
How long does the procedure take?
Generally, after your consultation and assessment, the procedure can take around 30 minutes. You may require longer if you would like your lips enhanced, as we like to invest time in creating the most beautiful lips possible!
How quickly does it work?
The fantastic thing about all the dermal fillers is that there is INSTANT gratification – which means after visiting us in Nelson or Blenheim you will see the results immediately.
I don’t want to have “trout pout” lips, will that happen?
No. We like to make your lips look as natural as you want. Less is best for lip enhancement. Our aim is to enhance the lip border which is usually lost as you age. If you would like bigger lips, we like to make sure the lips balance each other, as well as the rest of your face, as balance creates beauty in the face.
Dr Orsbourn’s Personal Comments
Clients often ask “What is the difference between Dermal Fillers and Botox?” Botox is for treating a wrinkle caused by the action of an underlying muscle creasing the overlying skin, Botox causes relaxation of the muscle causing the gradual fading of the wrinkle line over time. Dermal Fillers are more like putty, instantly filling and lifting the wrinkle from underneath the skin surface with an immediate visible result. Showing a client the change in the mirror often gives them a “WOW” feeling that is just gold to me.
A general rule of thumb is that Botox is used firstly in the upper 1/3 of the face (where the skin is thinner and more affected by muscle movement – especially around the eyes) while fillers are used for the lower 2/3 (around the cheeks, nose, and mouth) but of course there are plenty of exceptions. At an initial consultation I will discuss all this with you, assess your concerns, and help you decide which is better suited (or a combination of each) for your particular needs and budget.
Consider the ‘Liquid Facelift’, sometimes called the ‘Natural Lift’. (This treatment can be carried out in Nelson or Blenheim). Hardly anyone wants the downtime or expense of a surgical facelift which only tightens and accentuates the loss of volume which along with gravity has led to the sagging features in the first place. Dermal fillers can restore youthful curves lost as we age or after weight loss.
Individual areas of the face which bother you can be treated individually. Nasolabial folds, lift up sagging corners of the mouth, restore symmetry or smooth irregularities of your nose.
Dermal Fillers are where the science of medicine meets creativity which is what I really love about using them to help people achieve their goals.There can be some downtime after Dermal Fillers with transient redness and swelling (I find there is tremendous variation between individuals with this). Even bruising occasionally occurs, although this has been significantly reduced with using cannulae (a blunt instrument that gently pushes skin structures such as blood vessels aside) instead of needles.
Pain can be ameliorated by various means tailored to your wishes. Local anaesthetic nerve blocks can make you totally numb, or local anaesthetic cream can be all that is needed for the majority of areas. Some Dermal Fillers have anaesthetic in them which some patient surveys report great satisfaction. We also have Entonox which is an inhalation anaesthetic useful for some people (also used for labour and childbirth). I discuss options before we start so you have the most comfortable experience possible.
Before any procedure you need to provide informed consent. An initial consultation and assessment with Dr David Orsbourn or our Cosmetic Nurse is necessary (even if you have had fillers with other doctors before) so we can go over your concerns, options for treatment, expected results, downtime, costs, questions, etc. These consultations can take place in Nelson or Blenheim.