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As we age, we lose facial fat as well as collagen, which is what gives our skin its elasticity. Many people begin to notice changes to their face in their 30’s and 40’s. Other contributing factors to our changing face include genetics, sun exposure and exercise, such as years of lengthy cardio workouts.

Regardless of how you arrived here, you now want to look more like your younger self. However, the world of dermal filler is foreign to you. Understanding what dermal filler is, how it is used in treatment in Toronto, as well as the difference in products, and most importantly who can you trust to inject your face, are all valid concerns that require explanation.

WHAT IS DERMAL FILLER?

The most commonly used dermal filler in Toronto is a gel type substance made up of hyaluronic acid, which is also found in tissues and fluids in our bodies. Dermal filler is considered safe, however being injected does come with some risks, most of which resolve fairly quickly. Bruising, swelling and redness are the most common side effects. Naturally absorbed by the body filler, how long results lasts, depends on your metabolism. Typically filler remains effective anywhere from 9-18 months.

HOW IS FILLER INJECTED AND DOES IT HURT?

Filler is injected beneath the layers of the skin; the depth depends on the treatment area. Many fillers often contain lidocaine, a numbing substance to help minimize pain. Topical numbing cream and icing the treatment area prior to treatment are often helpful for those sensitive to pain.

WILL FILLER MAKE ME LOOK FAKE OR PUFFY?

When being treated by a skilled cosmetic injector, the objective is to replace lost volume, minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and folds. Looking puffy or fake is the result of being over filled, or injected with the wrong product in a particular area of the face. For example, a dense filler is best used in cheeks where the skin is thicker opposed to lips where the skin is thinner. The idea is to enhance your natural beauty not change how you look.

WILL FILLER MAKE ME LOOK FROZEN?

Filler is not a neuromodulator, however they are often confused. While both help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, Filler adds volume while neuromodulators relax muscle activity that can cause the “Frozen” look if not appropriately treated.

DOES FILLER STRETCH THE SKIN?

Dermal Filler does not stretch the skin. In fact, Filler helps the skin look healthier as it replaces volume lost beneath the treatment area.

ONCE I START USING FILLER, WILL I ALWAYS HAVE TO CONTINUE?

Maintaining your dermal filler result is a personal choice. If you liked your result, you will want to continue to maintain your more youthful appearance. If you decide that you no longer want to use filler, your skin will simply return to baseline, no additional laxity will arise.

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT IS BEING INJECTED INTO MY FACE?

They say knowledge is power, therefore asking questions of your cosmetic injector is very important. Research the different brands and the products they offer. Learn which products are best for the area you want treated.

WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE HOW I LOOK? IS IT REVERSIBLE?

Dermal Filler is not permanent. Not only does filler get metabolized by the body over time, it can also be dissolved immediately if you don’t like it. A product called Hyaluronadaise can be injected into the treated area to dissolve the filler. Multiple treatments may be needed to completely dissolve all filler.

HOW TO CHOOSE A COSMETIC INJECTOR?

Experience is important. How often does your injector perform you procedure of interest? Do they continue their education, staying up-to-date on the latest products and techniques? Ensure your injector understands your goals, uses products you’re comfortable with, and comes highly recommended. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Philip Solomon, feel free to visit him at his Toronto location 416-864-6100 or in Old Thornhill 905-764-7799.