Sharper, more V-shaped face
~ 30 minutes
Fillers are good for filling in lines and smoothening wrinkles, as well as replacing volume loss in the face. They are also used for facial contouring such as achieving a higher nose bridge or a sharper chin.
There are many types of fillers that are commercially available. We use mainly the hyaluronic acid and the poly-L-lactic acid containing fillers.
The hyaluronic acid-based fillers contain hyaluronic acid which is a natural sugar found in the skin. It is water-loving and when injected under the skin, it draws in water and adds volume to the desired sites of treatment.
The poly-L-lactic acid fillers act by stimulating collagen as it disintegrates, thereby adding volume to the sites of treatment. This smoothen out lines and wrinkles over time, improving the youthfulness of the skin.
The doctor would choose the type of fillers according to its appropriateness in the site of treatment and tailor it to the expectations of the patient.
The treatment area is cleansed. Numbing cream is applied and cleaned off before the treatment. Fillers are carefully injected into the skin under aseptic technique, via a sharp needle or a blunt cannula.
Treatment is mostly comfortable with minimal discomfort as the fillers contain anaesthetic properties (lidocaine).
Treatment time is typically less than 30 minutes, depending on the number of areas treated.
Apart from needle-marks, there may be mild swelling and redness associated with the treatment. Occasionally, bruising and soreness may be expected.
Depending on the sites of treatment, immediate improvement can be appreciated.
Filling in static lines and wrinkles create a more youthful and radiant appearance.
Filling in sunken temples restores the shapeliness of a youthful oval face.
Filling in under eye hollowness results in a more invigorated, confident look.
A higher nose bridge and more defined nose tip accentuates other features of the face.
Filling in cheeks results in restoration of its prominence and also lifting, with improvement of the nasolabial and marionette folds.
Filling in the chin and jawline takes away unsightly jowling, achieving a V-shaped face with right chin proportions.
Botulinum toxin injection is commonly coupled with chin fillers so as to relax the chin muscles, eliminating a dimpled chin appearance. Other treatments that are considered in the pursuit of a V-shaped face include cheek fillers, botulinum toxin injection to jaw muscles, Thermage, Ultherapy, thread lift and dermalift.