Wrinkle Fillers – Cost/price, FAQs

Reverse the appearance of skin ageing with wrinkle fillers in Singapore.

What are wrinkle fillers?

Wrinkle fillers are gel-like substances used to help smooth out the lines and wrinkles in your skin. Fillers can also be used to lift, sculpt or volumise, depending on the type of filler used.

Wrinkles appear as you age. This is a normal and natural process. It occurs as you lose fat and proteins in your skin, resulting in your skin sagging and wrinkling. Wrinkle fillers are injected into wrinkled areas of your skin to replace what volume you’ve lost, to plump up and smooth out the wrinkles and lines.

Wrinkle fillers are typically made of hyaluronic acid – a substance also found in our skin and connective tissues.

Do wrinkle fillers really work?

Yes. Fillers are a proven way to treat facial and even body wrinkles and lines.

But fillers are not the first line of treatment we employ at SL Aesthetic Clinic to address wrinkles and lines. Fillers are reserved for when the wrinkles have become static; they appear even without facial movement. More will be shared later in the article.

Can fillers prevent wrinkles?

No, fillers cannot prevent wrinkle formation. Botox, can delay the formation of wrinkles, but wrinkle formation is part and parcel of the ageing process. There is currently no technology in the world today that can claim to prevent this.

In particular, the way hyaluronic acid filler treatments work is largely mechanical and cannot prevent the biological process of wrinkle formation.

Wrinkles appear when there’s a high number of repeated skin folding in the same area, or when your skin loses fat and proteins in the ageing process (i.e. sun damage, gravity, genetics, smoking, poor nutrition, environmental pollution). When treated with fillers, the gel-like substance simply replaces the volume loss and helps smooth and level out wrinkles and lines.

Even collagen-stimulating fillers such as Ellansé only delays the ageing process by increasing your skin’s collagen production. It cannot stop the ever marching tune of time.

What wrinkles can fillers help with?

At SL Aesthetic Clinic, we employ fillers to treat static wrinkles and lines.

Wrinkles are largely categorised into 2 types: dynamic wrinkles caused by repeated facial movements; and static wrinkles that appear with age. Dynamic wrinkles can also become static wrinkles over time.

Static lines are those that appear even without movement.

The common static wrinkles we treat with fillers are:

  • Smile lines at the corners of your mouth
  • Lip wrinkles/smoker’s lips
  • Horizontal forehead lines (worry lines)
  • Neck lines
  • Cheek lines
  • Other dynamic lines that have become static

What is the best filler for wrinkles?

There isn’t a “best” filler for wrinkles. But there are fillers that are more suitable for wrinkles than others.

Suitable wrinkle fillers have 3 main characteristics:

  1. A low to medium “G prime” – the gel hardness and how well it withstands pressure and deformation. Because wrinkles are close to the surface and the skin is expected to move, the gel must be soft enough to allow such movement naturally.
  2. A low to medium cohesiveness – how well the gel sticks together or spread. Because wrinkles require minute doses of filler, the gel needs to be easily extruded into such a minute area.
  3. A low number of cross-linking. Because wrinkle fillers are required to be “soft”, there is a low number of cross-linking, which means they do not last as long compared to “harder” fillers.

At SL Aesthetic Clinic, we offer a range of wrinkle fillers, including JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC, JUVÉDERM® VOLBELLA™, JUVÉDERM® VOLLURE™, Restylane® Skinboosters Vital & Vital Light.

How are wrinkle fillers performed?

After a thorough assessment of your suitability during a detailed consultation, the doctor may numb the area with topical anaesthetic (numbing cream). Numbing is typically not required as fillers already come with lidocaine anaesthetic and are bearable for most patients, but remains an option if required.

The doctor will create an injection entry point with a tiny prick of a needle. Then, filler is injected into the wrinkle using a blunt cannula needle. It is a thin and flexible needle that allows the doctor to manoeuvre and place the filler throughout the entire length of the wrinkle.

And voila, treatment is complete in less than 30 minutes. Results are immediate as the filler smooths out the wrinkle.

How long do wrinkle fillers last?

Results with wrinkle fillers typically last between 3 to 6 months, depending on the type of filler used and location of the injection.

Sometimes, results may last longer than expected as collagen production is stimulated in the area, which increases its longevity.

Are wrinkle fillers painful?

No. Most patients find wrinkle filler treatments to be bearable.

Here are 2 reasons why:

  1. Wrinkle fillers are injected near the superficial layer of the skin. This means there’s a lower chance of coming into contact with nerves that go deeper into the skin.
  2. Wrinkle fillers contain lidocaine, an anaesthetic. This further increases your comfort during treatment.

Are wrinkle fillers safe?

Yes. Wrinkle fillers are safe when performed by a trained professional.

As wrinkle fillers are injected superficially, the treatment avoids many of the risks commonly associated with filler injections such as vascular occlusion. Plus, the fillers can be dissolved if the result is less than satisfactory.

What is the difference between using Botox or fillers to treat wrinkles?

Not all wrinkles are made the same. There are two types of wrinkles: Dynamic Wrinkles and Static Wrinkles.

Dynamic Wrinkles are those that only appear when the skin folds due to muscle movement. Examples include Crow’s Feet when you smile or squint your eyes, and Horizontal Forehead Lines when you raise your eyebrows.

Static Wrinkles are lines that are present even without muscle movement. As you age, and with repeated movement, Dynamic Wrinkles can become Static.

To treat Dynamic Wrinkles, Botox is used. Botox is a neuromodulator – it works by limiting muscle activity, and thereby reduces the appearance of Dynamic Wrinkles.

To treat Static Wrinkles, fillers are one of the treatment options. As their name suggests, fillers are used to fill up areas with volume loss or depressions such as those seen in Static Wrinkles.

FAQ

How much wrinkle filler do you need?

Most patients require less than 1ml of filler to treat wrinkles. This is because most wrinkles are very fine and narrow, which require a small amount of filler.

However, when it comes to deep creases such as the nasolabial folds, you may require more fillers. Treatment of nasolabial folds may also require a combination treatment with other technologies such as Ultherapy/HIFU, lasers, and Thread Lifting.

How much does wrinkle filler cost in Singapore?

Wrinkle fillers range between $700 to over $1,000 per ml of filler. The final price will depend on the filler used and the treatment area involved. Wrinkle filler treatment starts from $700 at SL Aesthetic Clinic. The doctor may not finish up 1ml of filler to treat your wrinkles. Any balance filler can be kept and used for touch-ups as required.

What can I expect after wrinkle fillers?

Results with wrinkle fillers are immediate. You will see improvements to your wrinkles, and they will become less noticeable or apparent.

As with any injection treatment, there is a small chance of bruising, redness, or swelling. These are normal and will dissipate in a matter of hours to a day or two.

What are the side effects of wrinkle fillers?

Because wrinkle filler treatments are minimally invasive and performed with shallow injections, side effects, if any, are mild and temporary. These can include, but are not limited to:

  • Redness of the injection spot. Dissipates within a few hours.
  • Redness of the skin around the injection site. Dissipates in a few hours to a day or two.
  • Tyndall effect – a bluish discolouration seen under the skin. Reversible by dissolving the filler.
  • Dissipates in a few hours.
  • Dissipates in a day or two.
  • Dissipates in a few days’ time.
  • Smooths out in a few days as the filler integrates into the skin tissue.
  • Acne breakout. A potential side effect that occurs when injections are carried out on skin with an active acne, but can also occur when there are no visible acnes.
  • Unlikely to occur when performed with a hygienic protocol.
  • Filler migration. A potential side effect if injected too shallow or the area was massaged post-treatment. For this reason, we do not perform superficial filler injections too close to the orbital area. If required, fillers can be dissolved.
  • Undercorrection or overcorrection.

What can you not do after wrinkle fillers?

We recommend patients to avoid alcohol on the day of treatment. Strenuous exercise should also be avoided for at least 7 days after treatment.

We also do not recommend massaging or excessively touching the treatment area for at least 2 days post-treatment.

Who should have wrinkle fillers?

We recommend patients to avoid alcohol on the day of treatment. Strenuous exercise should also be avoided for at least 7 days after treatment.

We also do not recommend massaging or excessively touching the treatment area for at least 2 days post-treatment.

Who’s unsuitable for wrinkle fillers?

The following circumstances may prove unsuitable for wrinkle fillers:

  • Unrealistic expectations.
  • Known allergy to any component of the filler, including lidocaine.
  • Susceptibility to scarring.
  • Bleeding disorders.
  • Active inflammation on the site of treatment.
  • Pregnant or nursing.

Can wrinkle fillers be combined with other treatments for better outcomes?

Yes! For a more cohesive result, wrinkles can be tackled concurrently with other treatments such as Botox, HIFU, Ultherapy, Thermage, Fotona 4D/5D Laser, Thread Lift, and possibly more. The order of which will be determined by the doctor during your personalised assessment.