Fillers

Fillers

Non Permanent Fillers

How it works :

Fillers are made from Hyaluronic acid molecules which are cross linked in a gel. Hyaluronic acid exists naturally in all joints and in the skin. The cross linking compound and the hyaluronic acid is broken down and absorbed over 12-30 months. Fillers are used to replace volume or fat loss in the face resulting in a younger appearance.

Fillers can also be used to increase the elasticity of the skin with intradermal injections using the Fern technique. This can last 30-36 months or longer.

Effects :

Fillers are commonly used in the Nasolabial folds, Corners of the mouth (oral commissures), Mid face – to enhance cheek structure,  Lip volume enhancment, Jowl laxity, Tear trough and any static wrinkle lines eg upper lip or frown. Fillers can also be used to smooth out nose deformities and for chin enhancements. The filler will be absorbed more rapidly in high movement areas( 12-15 months) and slower in  lower movement areas. (15-18 months) and with long acting filler 24-30 months

Side Effects :

There is minor discomfort with the injection. The gel compound contains local anaesthetic and most patients state that there is discomfort during injection but no pain. Immediately post injection there is some redness and swelling. This will account for around 10% of the volume effect that is seen on the day and will last 24 hrs. Bruising can occur and ice can be used to reduce this effect. The gel can be moved under the skin for up to 2 weeks. Occasionally allergy to the product can occur. This will result in a bluish tinge several weeks after injection. Hyaluronidase can be injected to dissolve the filler and result in its removal.  The following is to be avoided post injection : Alcohol and excercise 24 hrs, Facial massage 2 wks, Sauna/spa 2 weeks

Costs :

$300-800 per ml.  Fillers come as a single syringe of 1ml  Smaller quantities are not available, but fillers can be used in multiple areas. Below is a guide depending on age and facial structure.

Naso-labial fold 1/2-1 syringe     Lips – 1/2-1 syringe   Mid face 1 –2 syringes  Oral Commissures  1 syringe   Jowls 1 syringe

 

Surgical WarningSurgical Warning

Surgical Warning

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Cosmetic PhilosophyCosmetic Philosophy

Cosmetic Philosophy

Our cosmetic philosophy is to create a natural looking younger version of yourself. We aim to enhance existing features, replace areas of loss and rewind the changes of time. If any cosmetic enhancement is immediately discernible or obviously unnatural then we regard the job as being poorly performed. The onlooker should always be wondering whether the look is natural or enhanced. Our aim is to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of all the cosmetic procedures and techniques available. This includes procedures I do not use but may be appropriate to your circumstances. These will be presented to you showing the expected benefit and a cost comparison with other procedures and treatments

Future plansFuture plans

Future plans

We aim to bring the latest developments in Cosmetic and Rejuvenation Medicine for the benefit of my patients. Adipose/mesenchymal stem cell treatment is now available a first for Melbourne, as is the intra oral laser treatment for snoring and sleep apnoea .NOW available Thermi Smooth RF - the first in Australia with the worlds leading non invasive RF treatment for skin tightening, with Thermi Tight to follow.

TrainingTraining

Training

Our practice currently trains students for the University of Melbourne and the University of Notre Dame. In addition we train cosmetic doctors and nurses in cosmetic surgery and medicine, and plastic surgeons in laser treatments. We are accredited site for registrar trainer for the VMA.