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Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are becoming more popular each year as the cosmetic industry makes greater varieties available at lower price points than ever before. They provide instant, impressive results to smooth wrinkles and add volume where patients want it. Facial injectable products most commonly contain hyaluronic acid, which helps to fill facial lines or restore volume lost in areas like the cheeks and lips. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is injected under the skin at various depths with fine needles or cannulas. The results typically last between 6-18 months before a touch up is needed.

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is an amazing, fundamental molecule involved in the maintenance of our skin’s moisture content through its ability to attract and hold water. HA is naturally present in our skin, joints, cartilage and brain tissue. Laboratory designed HA dermal fillers are often crosslinked on a molecular level that results in various thicknesses. These product consistencies range from viscous and thick to smooth and thin. Our team of medical professionals will choose the ideal product for the area of the face being treated.

Dermal fillers can help add volume on the face for patients of all ages. Common treatment areas include: under eyes, the lips, cheeks, chin and jawline, nasolabial folds, (laugh lines) and marionette lines at the bottom corners of the mouth. HA fillers can even improve the appearance of the neck and backs of hands. HA is naturally absorbed by the body over time. This is one of the reasons this filler type is such a widely used cosmetic tool. 

In the Greater Toronto Area, dermal filler uses, treatment considerations, and everything you need to know can be learned at Philosophy of Beauty in Vaughan. We are a team of highly trained medical practitioners and have experience using dermal fillers to achieve beautiful, natural-looking results.

What are the different types of dermal fillers offered at philosophy of beauty?

Types Of Dermal Fillers

Juvederm is the name of a family of injectable hyaluronic acid dermal fillers used for moderate to severe facial lines and wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds. Juvederm is popular for lip enhancement as it draws significant fluid to hold volume longer. Juvederm also has the Vicross collection of 3 long lasting fillers:*

  • Voluma
  • Volift
  • Vobella

Revanesse is a Canadian family of 6 HA fillers which use the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid available and offers non-crosslinked HA products for hydration and skin rejuvenation. Redexis is also a part of the Revanesse line designed to stimulate collagen production.

Restylane is a brand name for HA gel used to provide volume to sunken facial areas, and deep folds. It can also help smooth fine lines, reduce the texture of acne scarring and improve skin’s firmness and elasticity.

Restylane is a brand name for HA gel used to provide volume to sunken facial areas, and deep folds. It can also help smoothaEmervel is a brand line containing five cross-linked hyaluronic acid dermal fillers targeted for facial lines, facial contouring and the improvement of facial and lip volume. fine lines, reduce the texture of acne scarring and improve skin’s firmness and elasticity.

Belotero is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler brand that is designed to improve the appearance of wrinkles, augment lip volume and hydrate skin.

Radiesse is a dermal filler brand used to improve the look of moderate to severe wrinkles and is particularly well-suited to treating nasolabial folds or restoring volume to aging hands.

Stylage is a brand of HA dermal fillers with a range of products to target fine lines and wrinkles, enhance lip volume, contour and restore volume to the face, and hydrate skin.

Sculptra is an injectable poly-L- lactic acid filler which prompts your skin’s collagen production, thereby increasing its volume in strategic areas.

What Areas Can Be Treated?

Treatment Areas:

One of the most popular treatment areas for people of all ages is the lips. Lip fillers have given us the ability to fill fine lines, plump and improve balance for uneven lips like nothing available in the past. This is often a 1st step procedure for many people considering facial injectables.

Well-defined cheekbones have a strong influence over the overall facial structure and perceived beauty. Many men and women find themselves frustrated with cheeks that are not well-contoured, have lost volume with age, or overall facial sagging. Dermal fillers designed for injection in the cheeks as they are thick and hold shape well. They are designed to be placed deep in the tissue, where they provide structure and support. Filling and lifting the cheeks can do wonders for the face- instantly restoring balanced, soft facial volume and helping to reduce the downward pull of tissues.

Chin fillers have become more popular as options to help add volume and sculpt an underdeveloped chin or jawline. An ample chin can add facial shape definition, improve facial profile and help create symmetry by bringing balance to facial features. For those not ready to consider chin surgery, the latest volume-building HA fillers can achieve dramatic results that last up to a year.

The nasolabial folds are the deep creases that run from either side of the nose down towards the corners of the mouth. They are also known as, “smile” or “laugh” lines. Normally, this fold is created by repeated movement of the mouth. As a result of the natural ageing process, this crease becomes more noticeable as fat is lost from the cheeks, reducing cheek volume. However, dermal fillers can help diminish the appearance of deep nasolabial folds by restoring the lost volume and smoothing out the appearance of these creases.

Under eye (tear trough) fillers can help impart a more rested appearance for people who have developed shadows or depressions under their eyes. These can be due to genetics, but are also a common sign of aging. A deep tear trough can create a shadow that is perceived as a dark circle below the eye. Tear trough fillers will add volume to the under-eye depression as well as reduce the look of dark circles- resulting in a refreshed appearance.

“Marionette Lines,” are the lines that run from the corners of the mouth vertically downwards towards the chin. These lines are caused by repeated movement of the mouth, coupled with the downward pull of fat and skin by gravity. The formation of these lines gives the mouth a downturned or frowning look. Dermal fillers in and around these lines work by replacing lost volume, and smoothing the mouth and chin area.

As a result of aging, many patients notice a sagging jaw or jowls. In some patients, aging is not the man concern but a poorly defined jawline. Dermal fillers are an excellent choice to re-contour and build defined volume at the jawline without the need for facial surgery.

We invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our facial injectable experts in order to determine the best treatment plan to help you achieve your goals. Conveniently located in Vaughan, Philosophy of Beauty proudly services clients in the Thornhill and Toronto areas, helping them look and feel better.

Restalyne Skin Boosters

Overtime, as a result of the natural aging process, our skin becomes dull and loses its elasticity, which may cause the skin to sag or droop. Although a number of anti-aging products on the market promise to restore skin’s luminosity, the reality is that these “miracle” products simply do not work. Luckily, Philosophy of Beauty offers Restalyne Skin Boosters, which can effectively counteract the signs of aging, improving skin’s hydration, firmness and radiance.

Restalyne is a Hyaluronic Acid (HA) gel formulation which is used to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Its safety and effectiveness are clinically proven and substantiated by extensive clinical data, making it the benchmark for clinical excellence in its field.

Restalyne Skin Boosters utilize a microinjection technique that involves injecting long lasting Hyaluronic Acid (also called stabilized HA) into the skin to make it plumper and more even. Stabilized HA is a soft, gel-like substance that absorbs water and brings deep skin hydration to the treated areas, improving skin’s firmness, elasticity, and smoothness. This process, also known as Hydrolifting or Hydrofilling, can also soften fine lines and smooth acne scarring.

Skin boosters act as a dermal reservoir, hydrating and moisturizing the skin from within, stimulating collagen growth, and providing long lasting hydration to the treatment area. This is done by administering small doses of hyaluronic acid into the skin, with a small fine needle.

After around the age of 28, the fibroblasts within the skin stop producing as much elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid. The hyaluronic acid delivered with Restalyne slows down the natural aging process by stimulating the skin cells, thereby triggering collagen production, and rejuvenating skin. Due to the fact that one molecule of hyaluronic can hold up to 500 water molecules, this process is extremely effective in maintaining moisture in the skin.

Hyaluronic acid also works to protect the skin from negative factors caused by dryness, hyperpigmentation, loss of skin elasticity, aging, stress, and smoking, as it captures and inactivates free radicals, blocking the chain mechanism of oxidation.

  • Vital: This type of Skin Booster works to restore hydration, plumpness, and smoothness to aging skin.
  • Vital Light: This type is more suitable for younger or more delicate skin, such as the neck, décolletage and back of the hands. It works to improve elasticity, hydration, and skin quality.

Restylane is injected into the skin in small amounts using a very fine needle. The treatment is very quick and depending on the treatment area, may be completed within 30 minutes. The results are often seen instantly and are extremely natural, as they do not affect facial expressions.

While each individual has a different tolerance for pain, most patients do not experience discomfort when Restylane is used to treat fine lines and wrinkles. However, if necessary, a local anaesthetic cream can be applied to the area to prevent pain. Since the lips are a highly sensitive part of the body, anaesthesia is usually recommended before lip enhancement.

Although almost anyone can benefit from the treatment, individuals with large pores, dry, aging, or dull skin will see the most dramatic results. It is also well suited to those with more mature or sun-damaged skin. Those with depressed acne scars can also benefit greatly from the treatment.

Restalyne skin boosters are not suitable to those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. It should not be used on or near areas that are inflamed or infected. Individuals with medical conditions that lower the body’s immune response or those undergoing therapy that is immunosuppressive may be more prone to infection by a skin injection procedure and therefore are not good candidates for Restalyne Skin Boosters.

There are many benefits to Restalyne Skin Boosters, including:

  • Restoring skin’s natural glow and elasticity.
  • Improving the appearance of scars, particularly acne scarring.
  • Improving skin texture quality and turgidity.
  • Smoothing fine lines on the cheeks and face.
  • Yields quick and long-lasting results.
  • No risk of allergic reaction because
  • Restylane naturally dissolves in the body over time, and is not extracted from animals.
  • Well-suited to all skin types, whether skin is dry or oily

Some minor redness, tenderness, pinprick marks, swelling or bruising may occur but will be mild to moderate and will dissipate quickly. The extent of these side effects will depend on individual skin sensitivity and the area being treated.

For optimal results, an initial course of 3 treatments at 4-week intervals is recommended. Following this, a maintenance treatment is recommended every 6 months for the upkeep of desired results. Over time, the need for these maintenance treatments decreases.

This non-invasive procedure requires no downtime. Patients can usually resume their normal activities and social life immediately following the treatment. However, it is recommended that you avoid applying makeup for 24 hours. After this, light makeup can be used to cover any minimal redness or bruising that may occur as a result of the treatment. It is also advised to avoid exposure to the sun or extreme cold until the initial swelling/redness has resolved.

If you are looking to resist the early signs of aging, Restalyne Skin Boosters are an excellent way to restore skin strength and your confidence. Conveniently located in Vaughan, Philosophy of Beauty proudly offers Restalyne Skin Boosters to clients in the Thornhill and Toronto area. We invite you to a complimentary consultation to discuss how this treatment can be used to help you achieve your skin goals.

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