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Dermal Fillers Singapore

 

 
When fillers entered the market, a paradigm shift in the world of cosmetic aesthetics occurred. Efforts to pull and tighten wrinkles away (often through facelifts and other surgical procedures) gave way to an emphasis on replacing lost volume, a significant cause of the appearance of facial aging. Today the focus is on replacing lost fat pad volume and restoring the natural contours of the face through the strategic use of fillers.

 

What are fillers?

 
Dermal fillers are FDA-approved injectable gels that are used to create a fuller, more youthful appearance by contouring facial features and minimizing deep creases, fine lines and hollowed areas. Eventually the body gradually absorbs the filler gel, and it is naturally and safely metabolized away.

 

Which areas can be treated with fillers?

 
The Most Popular Areas to Use Fillers for improving Facial Concerns
 
Dermal fillers can be used to fix a variety of facial concerns that relate to aging, including:
 
  • Adding volume to nasolabial folds (lines that run from the nose to the mouth)
  • Plumping cheeks back to a state of youthful fullness
  • Filling in hollowed areas of the face, such as undereye areas and temples
  • Hydrating the lips and smoothening vertical lines around lip edges (lipstick lines)
  • Contouring the shape of the lips, nose, cheekbones and jaw as well as the décolletage and hands
  • Evening out acne scars

 

Why are fillers so popular?

 
Fillers are one of the most requested aesthetic services today because they provide instant gratification without surgery and lengthy healing times. Results are safe, consistent and reproducible, and facial expressions are not affected. Most people are able to resume their usual activities on the same or next day. Many fillers also kick-start a process called neocollagenesis, or the creation of new collagen around the injection site, which further slows the aging process.

 

How have fillers changed over the years?

 
When fillers were first introduced to the mass market in the late 1970s, they were made of collagen. Most fillers today are made of different materials, such as:
 
  • Hyaluronic acid: the most popular type of filler, this lubricating fluid is naturally found in the skin, eyes, joints and tissues as well as countless beauty products due to its ability to boost hydration, prevent moisture loss, seal in dewiness and plump up the skin. It is also applied on burns and skin wounds, directly injected into arthritic joints and used in moistening eye drops. It has a low rate of allergic reaction.

  • Calcium hydroxylapatite: this naturally occurring mineral substance is found in the bones and teeth of the human body. It is used for a number of different medical purposes, including reconstructive surgery, ear-nose-throat (ENT) conditions, maxillofacial surgery, dentistry and urology. Its thick consistency makes it popular for deep fold filling and facial contouring.

  • Poly-L-Lactic acid – this biodegradable polymer has a long-standing history of safe use in medical applications, such as pins, plates, screws, intra-bone and soft-tissue implants. It restores lost facial volume by initiating neocollagenesis, whereby the body creates new collagen over time. Eventually the gel is metabolized to carbon dioxide and water and naturally expelled from the body.

 

What types of fillers do you offer?

 
IYAC offers a range of fillers with different formulations and capabilities. Read more about which fillers IYAC offers here.
 

 

Are fillers safe?

 
All fillers offered by IYAC are FDA-approved. Many have been on the market and used safely for over a decade. All have undergone rigorous clinical testing and have been used by physicians in hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide.

 

Are treatments painful?

 
Besides a small prick, most people find the injections to be relatively painless. Ultrafine needles are used to decrease discomfort. When enhancing the lips, a local anesthetic injection is often administered, similar to being at the dentist.

 

Will my face look fatter or wider?

 
This is a common question as fillers are normally used to plump out wrinkles and hollows. However, the usage of fillers has evolved over the years beyond the simple treatment of wrinkles.

To get a skin lifting and tightening effect of the facial tissues instead of a plumping effect, the filler is injected into the subdermal (upper) or supraperiosteum (deep) layers instead of the subcutaneous (middle) layer. This works by addressing the negative vectors of aging (gravitational pulls). Hence, the strategic placement of the filler material in the accurate plane of the skin determines whether you get a lifting or a plumping effect.

Lastly, some celebrities have been known to overdo it with fillers, using them all over the face and in large amounts i.e. “over-filled” face. IYAC is committed to a less-is-more approach, and through our philosophy of subtle improvements.

 

What are the side effects?

 
Side effects can include bruising, redness, swelling, pain, tenderness and itching at the injection sites. Most of these diminish within 48 hours with the exception of mild bruising which may take two to 10 days to gradually fade. Make-up is often sufficient to cover most mild bruising. There is also a rare chance of a granuloma, or tiny bumps, developing under the skin near the injection site. Most patients are able to resume normal activities on the same or next day, although strenuous exercise should be avoided for 48 hours.

For ways to prevent and reduce side effects from fillers, click here.
 
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I am interested in having filler treatments done. How do I prepare?

 
At your initial consultation, Dr Yeoh will address your specific concerns taking into account the areas being treated, your skin type and budget in order to choose the right filler treatment for you. To minimize bruising, stop blood-thinning supplements and medications five days before your treatment. This includes aspirin, vitamin E, fish oil and gingko. Also, inform Dr Yeoh if you have occasional bouts of cold sores as medication to prevent a reoccurrence may be necessary.

You will be provided with homeopathic preparations such as oral arnica tablets and arnica gel, and you will be given a Gentlewaves®LED treatment immediately after the treatment to help improve the skin’s natural healing process.

If you are preparing for a special event, schedule your treatment three to four weeks before, especially if this is your first treatment.

 

If I had a laser treatment or chemical peel recently, can I still get fillers?

 
It is recommended that you wait until recent cosmetic treatments totally heal, or approximately two to four weeks after your last laser or chemical treatment.

 

Who should not have filler treatments?

 
Women who are pregnant should not have fillers. People with bleeding disorders, previous allergic reactions that required hospital treatment, or a history of keloid scarring treatment should also avoid fillers.

Price:

 
From S$700 - S$1500 per syringe, depending on the filler. All prices are subject to 7% GST.

Interested to find out more?


Email or call us at 6738 9989 for an appointment.