Hyaluronic Acid Skin Filler Treatments
Filler contains hyaluronic acid and is used for volume, contouring and skin rejuvenation. It is applied under the skin and thus can reduce wrinkles and lines, build volume, shape and correct asymmetries. Unlike Botox, hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the skin and does not affect the formation of facial expressions or gestures. There are very many different fillers on the market today, but not all are up to standard. We at ProDerma Scandinavia at all times use only the very best fillers available and are up to date on the latest treatment techniques.
What are hyaluronic acid skin fillers?
Skin fillers are made of artificial hyaluronic acid, which is the most important basic substance in the body’s connective tissue. The physiological significance of hyaluronic acid is primarily that it prevents the passage of fluid and solid particles through the connective tissue. It provides increased tension and moisture to the skin and stimulates collagen production. Since the late 1990s, artificial hyaluronic acid has been used to replace lost volume in the face, but also to add volume where, for genetic reasons, there is somewhat less volume than desired. In employing skin fillers, we will be able to smooth out wrinkles and give a much milder expression on the face which in turn gives a nice anti-ageing effect. The use of filler can also correct any asymmetry and highlight feminine or masculine features.
The production of artificial hyaluronic acid is a difficult process and it must undergo cross-linking in order to achieve the desired effect. Therefore, there is a big difference between products from different manufacturers, but also a big difference between the different product lines that a manufacturer offers, as they are used in different areas of the face according to different indications.
What areas can be treated?
There are many areas of the face that can be treated with hyaluronic acid to shape, contour, sculpt and lift. But the most important areas where we use skin fillers are in the middle part of the face (between the eyes and mouth), as this is where we see the skin following gravity and moving downward, especially with ageing. The most common places treated with filler are:
- Lips to correct asymmetry and increase volume
- Nasolabial lines (running from each nostril down to the mouth corners)
- Marionette lines (long vertical lines that laterally surround the chin)
- Cheek bones
- Jaw Line
- Tear trough
- Temporal bone
- Prejowl sulcus (jaw pit on each side of chin)
How is a treatment with filler done?
Fillers are injected into the skin with very thin needles or pixel needles (cannulas). No preparation is necessary, but it can be beneficial to anesthetize the skin before treatment. This is especially true for the lips which have numerous nerve endings.
What happens after the treatment? Side effects?
Allergic reactions occur extremely rarely. There are otherwise very few side effects and these are usually transient and directly associated with the administration technique. You may have mild tenderness, redness and itching around the injection site, this goes away after a few hours. You can also develop a hematoma (bruising), which resolves after a few days to a week.
Anything special I should do after a filler procedure?
The only thing you should do is avoid makeup at the injection site immediately after treatment. You can go to work and resume daily chores right afterwards.
What results can I expect?
Results are seen immediately following your treatment, but maximum effect comes about 2 weeks following the procedure.
How many treatments should I take?
Treatment can be repeated as needed. Usually a filler treatment lasts from 6 to 18 months, but this varies somewhat from person to person, depends on which areas are treated and which product is used. In order to achieve the optimum effect over time, it’s best to repeat the treatment before effects of the previous treatment have worn off.
Am I a candidate for fillers?
The vast majority of people between the ages of 18-70 are good candidates for filler treatments. In Norway, there is an age limit of 18 years for filler treatments. Some therapists choose to have higher age limits.
1 mL: NOK 2500,-
2 mL: NOK 4800,-
Why choose ProDerma Scandinavia for your fillers?
It is crucial that a filler is properly placed by competent and experienced therapists. It’s one thing that the filler is put too deep in the subcutaneous tissue (the most common mistake), but undesirable events can also occur when using the wrong technique: lumps, asymmetry, overcorrection, filler migration, erythema (skin redness), hyperpigmentation, infection, granulomas (nodules containing inflammatory cells) and scarring. In the absolute worst case scenerio, very serious complications can occur: ischemia (restriction in blood supply), necrosis (cell and tissue death) and blindness due to arterial occlusion (complete artery obstruction) and embolization (clot formation) of the filler. Therefore, it is of utmost important to choose a certified aesthetic doctor in order to be in safe hands.
The above information is given as guidance as a part of the decision-making process and is not an exhaustive description of the procedures and treatments. Information shall be up to date at the time of publishing and will be updated at our discretion. Our doctors will assess and determine your suitability before treatment. Consult The Norwegian Pharmaceutical Product Compendium (Felleskatalogen AS) for complete information about any described medicine. All rights reserved.