Reverse the appearance of skin ageing with wrinkle fillers in Singapore.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
At SL Aesthetic Clinic, we offer a range of wrinkle fillers, including JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC, JUVÉDERM® VOLBELLA™, JUVÉDERM® VOLLURE™, Restylane® Skinboosters Vital & Vital Light and BELOTERO.
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.
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.
No. Most patients find wrinkle filler treatments to be bearable.
Here are 2 reasons why:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
In our mid- to late-twenties, volume loss begins and that is when we start to look more tired due to the formation of tear trough.
We may even get more people asking if we slept enough. With age, more areas of the face will experience volume loss such as our cheeks, laugh lines and temples. Starting filler treatments early is great as much less fillers is needed to get nice results, compared to starting when we are older because more fillers are needed. For facial features such as a flat chin, it will not get better with age. In fact, it will worsen with age as we lose bone mass.
The following circumstances may prove unsuitable for wrinkle fillers:
We encounter many customers who dislike the fillers they inject at other aesthetic clinics or other countries, but very few from our clinic.
The most commonly injected type of fillers is hyaluronic acid based fillers. Should you not like the result of your filler treatment, a medication called hyalase can be injected to dissolve the hyaluronic acid fillers. The fillers will be gone within a day of hyalase injection.
Fillers are not harmful to our health, even in the long run.
Fillers are commonly made up of hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring substance in human skin. So, it is not harmful to us. The filler only stays at the site of injection and integrates well with skin, replacing lost collagen and providing hydration and support from within.
The next time you need filler injections after your first is at least 1 year later, and we will not look worse if we choose to stop.
For best results, we recommend doing it regularly when you start to notice the effect of the fillers diminishing.
Addiction refers to our inability to resist things which are harmful to us such as alcohol and smoking. Filler treatments are not addictive because we can choose to stop treatments at any time. People look forward to regular filler treatments because it makes us look our best.
In fact, we can choose to stop filler treatments at any time. So we will not be addicted because it is not harmful for our health, but in fact, fillers can help us look our best without going for surgery.
Looking fake and unnatural is a valid concern, but our doctors aim to only replace the volume you have lost from ageing so that you will look natural but noticeably fresher.
Fillers injection is an art and no two faces are the same. When our doctors use fillers to sculpt your face, they are improving the beauty ratio of your face so that you look more ideal.
You will only look fake if our doctors go beyond what is ideal, and this does not happen at SL Clinic.
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