Imagine skin free of noticeable wrinkles and folds. Imagine enhanced facial contours and full, sensuous lips. Imagine a fresh appearance. Imagine no further, with injectable dermal fillers at Sante Medical.
A smooth facial contour is created by the even distribution of fat and supple skin. As we age, facial fat pockets degenerate and the skin to lose its suppleness. This can leave the face sunken and gaunt, with lax skin drooping past the jawline. Age-related volume loss can cause the face to lose definition, balance, and shape, all of which can make a person appear older than their years.
Dermal filler injections (also known as an ‘injectable fillers’ and ‘soft tissue fillers’) are non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments that can add volume to correct age-related skin creases, wrinkles, and folds. They can also be used to add volume to hollows and sunken areas or to add definition and enhancement to other facial features.
Commonly Treated Areas
For Facial Symmetry and Balance
While society’s vision of ‘ideal’ beauty continues to change, one thing remains constant—facial symmetry is the key to perceived beauty. Dermal fillers can be used to balance chin profile relative to nasal projection, and be used to provide facial balance and symmetry.
Cheeks, Temple and Chin Areas
Signs of aging such as sunken cheeks, a sagging chin or hollowing of the temple area can add years to a person's face. Dermal filler injections can be used to volumize these areas can take years off your appearance.
Jowls and Jawline
Jowls and a sagging jawline go hand-in-hand with the aging process. Facial volume loss, lax skin and the effects of gravity can cause our facial features to sag. Placing dermal fillers in the affected areas can serve to lift the skin and reduce the appearance of jowls.
Horizontal creases on the forehead and vertical frown lines can be filled out by dermal fillers to achieve a smoother and more youthful appearance through the forehead area.
Smile lines run vertically from the bottom of the nose to the corners of the mouth. When you smile, creases form at the corners of the mouth, extending upward to the outer edges of the nose. Deep wrinkles, known as nasolabial folds, can be quite prominent. Dermal fillers can fill out the fold, making it less pronounced without sacrificing the beauty of your natural smile.
Facial wrinkles above and around the lips can begin to appear over time due to everyday lip muscle movement. However, environmental factors such as exposure to sunlight, smoking and stress can also contribute to the formation of vertical lip lines. Dermal fillers are an excellent way to boost the volume of the lips and reclaim volume lost due to aging. They can be used to fill out the vertical lines that run upwards toward the nose (‘smoker’ or ‘lipstick’ lines) and achieve a more aesthetically pleasing lip contour.
Dermal fillers have been used to camouflage bumps or unevenness on the nose. They can not make the nose smaller in size, but they can create more projection and hide bumps on the bridge of the nose.
Scars and Acne Scarring
If you suffer from acne scarring, dermal fillers may be of help as they can “fill in” depressions and smooth out the texture of your skin. Dermal fillers may be used on surgical scars that are sunken and depressed.
Upper and Lower Eye Area
Sunken eyes and dark circles under the eyes can make you look tired, even when you feel full of energy. Dermal Fillers can camouflage these dark circles created by fat loss in the under-eye area. Likewise, dermal fillers Have been used on some patients to help lift your brows.
Marionette Lines and Downturned Expression
Marionette lines are the vertical facial creases that form below the corners of the mouth, extending downward towards the chin. These lines can often give the appearance of sagging or downturned expression---making you look sad or angry.
How Dermal Fillers Work
The most popular class of dermal fillers are based on hyaluronic acid (HA); a sugar found naturally in human skin. HA works by binding about 1,000 times its weight in water. By binding water molecules, hyaluronic acid based products add volume to the skin to smooth wrinkles and folds, plump lips, and remove scars. HA can also help to stimulate your own body's production of collagen over time.
Wrinkle Reducer injections vs. Fillers--What’s the Difference?
Wrinkle Reducer injections is a muscle relaxant that will help to smooth out dynamic lines associated with aging in the upper half of the face. Dermal fillers are used to create contours, and to fill in deep wrinkles and depressions that are static in nature. They are also used to enhance facial features.
Wrinkle Reducer injections and dermal fillers are often used in combination, depending on the type of results that you want to achieve.
The Best Candidates
Dermal fillers are intended for adult men and women of any age. If you want to preserve your youthful appearance, or you wish to improve the look of existing fine lines and wrinkles, dermal fillers may be the solution for you.
Younger patients who are under 30 years of age are a growing clientele. Regular treatments not only reduce the fine lines they already have but also help to prevent additional ones from forming in the future. Regular treatments can slow the natural wrinkling of the skin that comes with age.
Men who may have scoffed at the idea of cosmetic procedures just a decade ago are now finding these treatments vital to maintaining their competitive edge.
Which Dermal Filler is Right for Me?
There are many different types of dermal fillers to choose from--each with its unique modeling characteristics and applications. With so many options at our disposal, Sante Medical physicians can exercise artistic judgment to create a natural look designed just for you:
||The Juvederm family of dermal fillers are produced by Allergan, the pharmaceutical company that produces Botox Cosmetic™. Juvederm Ultra is made of cross-linked hyaluronic acid chains and formulated to be a very soft and pliable gel that provides versatility in contouring and volumizing facial wrinkles and folds. Juvederm Ultra achieves results that last up to nine months.
|Juvederm Ultra Plus
||Juvederm Ultra Plus is made of cross-linked hyaluronic acid chains and formulated to be a very soft and pliable gel. It is a more robust formulation than Juvederm Ultra and designed for replacing volume in areas of facial fat loss, and for correcting deeper folds and wrinkles in areas such as the brows, the forehead, nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Juvederm Ultra Plus achieves results that last up to a year.
||Juvederm Voluma is made of the same cross-linked hyaluronic acid chains like the other members of the Juvederm family, but the chains are shorter and more cross-linked. Juvederm Voluma has excellent lift capacity – which is important in restoring volume to many facial areas, such as the cheeks. It also has some free hyaluronic acid in it which makes it easy to mold into the correct shape once it is injected (ultimately ‘setting’ the tissue to hold its shape). The combination of low and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid that contributes to the product’s lift capacity and duration- make it the first and only FDA-approved product to correct age-related volume loss in the mid-face area. Juvederm Voluma achieves results that last up to a year.
||The last member of the Juvederm family is Juvederm Volbella. Made of made of cross-linked hyaluronic acid chains, Juvederm Volbella is used to accentuate lips and their border, plumping both to achieve a naturally fuller look. The soft consistency mimics the natural feeling of your lips. Juvederm Volbella produces results that last up to a year.
||Redensity II was developed by the Swiss pharmaceutical company Teosyal and combines hyaluronic acid and a dermo-restructuring complex of vitamins and amino acids to rejuvenate tired-looking eyes. Redensity II is the first dermal filler of its kind to be developed specifically for the tear trough area to address fine lines, dark circles and deep hollows under the eyes. Redensity II achieves results that last up to 12 months.
|| Restylane is a dermal filler consisting of cross-linked hyaluronic acid gel. It lends itself well to injections in delicate areas such as the under eye region or the white roll on the top of the lip. Restylane can be used to volumize the lips, nose bridge, brows, nasal labial folds, marionette lines, and smile lines. Restylane achieves results that last about six months.
||Perlane is a firmer, cross-linked hyaluronic acid gel than Restylane and is applied by a subcutaneous injection. It is used for volumizing the cheeks, chin and jawline areas. Perlane achieves results that last up to 12 months.
Before/After Picture Visualizer
Have you ever wondered how you would look with smoother skin, fuller cheeks or plumper lips? To see the amazing possibilities of dermal fillers, simply upload your photo and use Allergan’s revolutionary Visualizer to create your own virtual Before & After simulated results.
The Dermal Filler Procedure
Before the procedure, photographs will be taken so you have a baseline record to compare against in order to track your improvement post-procedure. A consent form will be given to you, along with a brief health history form, to rule out any contraindications between the prescription injection and allergies or medical conditions that you may have.
To prevent discomfort, a numbing cream is applied to the treatment area. This will take several minutes to take effect. Soon after, the filler is injected through a fine needle or cannula into the targeted dermal layer of your skin. At regular intervals, your injector will rub the treatment area until the desired degree of cosmetic effect is achieved. The newly injected hyaluronic acid will begin to bind water molecules to increase volume below the skin. Though a fine needle or cannula will be used, there may be temporary discomfort as the injection is made.
Unlike most clinics, fillers at Sante Medical in Calgary are generally administered to targeted areas through a smooth-flowing injection using a micro-cannula (a cannula, Latin for ‘little reed’, is a fine bendable metal tube the size of a needle that has a rounded blunt tip). By using a micro-cannula, dermal filler placement is more accurate and the physician has greater control over the depth and location of implantation versus a classic hypodermic needle (inflexible with a sharp tip). Hypodermic needles can puncture blood vessels, resulting in bruising as well as limiting the injector’s control over filler placement. Full control allows our physicians to achieve the desired natural look patients are looking for.
The procedure is non-invasive with minimal downtime or recovery*. Treatment time may vary depending on areas treated and usually take between 15 to 45 minutes. Patients can undergo a full treatment during their lunch hour and go right back to work.
* Photos represent actual patient results. Individual results may vary;
Please consult with your injecting physician to determine what results you may expect.