FILLERS

Diamonds were a girl’s best friend, then Fillers happened!

We truly are living in an era where we have many “options” to choose from for almost everything in life.
It was not very long ago that people were not even aware of what “ageing gracefully” means. The process of skin ageing, particularly in women in certain societies was and still is taken as a sign of loss of their beauty. Well, beauty is not skin but soul deep. But how we wish people could see our soul to make a first impression!

We, at Meraki skin clinic believe in the concept of “ageing gracefully”. What it really means is that you become proactive in taking care of your skin right from the time you become aware about certain changes taking place in your skin. Doesn’t matter if you are in your 20s,30s, 40s or 50s. It’s never too late to start .

There are many ways to do it by yourself but certain structural changes in your face like bone resorption, depletion of fat pad etc. cannot be handled completely by purely conservative means. This is where fillers come to the rescue. To be very clear, use of fillers has very little to do with age, they are made of versatile molecules which not only work in providing a natural lift to the face, but also provide ample hydration that keeps the skin supple, are extremely useful in treating many forms of scars, especially acne scars.

What is an injectable filler ?

It is a molecule injected at different depths of the skin in order to fill up the defects & hollows along with smoothening of deep lines and wrinkles. It helps in restoring the facial volume, augment facial features while providing hydration.

The story of fillers

One of the firsts reports of use of autologous fat as dermal filler in depressed facial defects & scars in patients of tuberculosis is from early 19 th century. Following this, many reported the use of autologous fat & silicone for augmentation of soft tissue for facial contouring along with correction of other defects.
Finally, in 1981, FDA approved the use of purified bovine collagen for use as a dermal injection. The real breakthrough came in somewhere in the beginning of 20 th century when hyaluronic acid took the center stage. There has been no looking back since then!

Types of injectable fillers

  1. Hyaluronic acid
  2. Calcium hydroxylapetite
  3. Polylactic acid
  4. Polyalkylimide
  5. Polymethyl methacrylate microspheres

The indications for the use of different types of fillers vary and here we’ll be talking about the most commonly used filler.

Hyaluronic acid (HA)

HA, is the key molecule responsible for providing the skin with hydration & keeping it moisturized. It has the unique capacity to bind and retain water molecules. It is naturally present in human skin, accounting for 50% of total body HA. Apart from the skin, it’s also present in the eyes, joints, heart & lung.
As we age, this natural HA starts depleting slowly and that’s the time when signs of ageing like wrinkles, sagging of skin start to appear.

How it works

Dermal fillers correct wrinkles and enhance facial contours by filling a volume deficit under the skin.

Once injected, the HA filler starts attracting water and slowly starts expanding, thus correcting the defect and providing hydration.

How to go about it

The best way is to consult your dermatologist first. A transparent discussion about your skin concerns and the facial areas you would like to enhance would help the dermatologist guide you regarding the available treatment options and which one would best suit your need. If you decide to go ahead with a dermal filler treatment, the next step is to plan your treatment journey like before and after skin care, do’s and dont’s, number of sessions, amount of product required etc. Never get a filler done in a rush.
Your dermatologist might advice you to withold certain medications like blood thinners and pain killer, supplements like ginseng and green tea for a few days before and after the procedure.
Once both of you are on the same page, you are good to go!

The procedure

On the day of the procedure, after clicking a few pictures of your face (for record and comparison) a numbing cream is applied on a cleansed face. This step is optional as most of the standard HA fillers come premixed with local anesthetic but in some patients with a very low pain threshold, it is better to use a numbing cream. It also makes the entire treatment more comfortable.
Next, your face is cleansed again and anatomical markings are done by the expert. Voila, you are just one step away from getting your dream face.
Now, a prefilled syringe with a very thin needle is used to inject at various sites on the face. Most of the times, a visible difference can be appreciated right after the treatment is complete.

The dermatologist would now click a few more pictures and explain what you should expect in the next 24-48 hours.
You are also given a checklist of things you need to be doing or not doing for the next 48 hours.

Post treatment

You can expect a little redness or bruising immediately after the treatment which generally subsides in few hours. It takes about 2 -3 weeks for the injected filler to show clearly visible results.

How frequently you can get it done ?

When done after a proper planning and assessment by an expert who uses standard products, HA fillers lasts for 6-12 months. So, on an average a patient can wait for about 9-10 months before getting the next session.
But keep in mind, this is not true for every patient.

Why choose Meraki Skin Clinic for your filler treatment?

Getting a filler treatment done is a milestone in your skin care journey. That is a reason why it should be done by experts who understand facial anatomy. Also, at Meraki, the most valuable thing we give our patients is time. Time to assess the face & skin type. Understanding their requirement and help them in making the correct decisions. For Doctors at Meraki, non - invasive facial procedures are not just any treatment, it’s their passion.

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