Non-Surgical Injectables & Fillers
Restoring your youthful appearance
As time catches up with our skin, hollowing and creasing of the skin becomes more visible. When surgery seems too extreme, there are nonsurgical options to fill in hollows and smooth out lines. With a broad range of injectable treatments to choose from, your procedure is customised to your specifications. Dr Gerarchi offers a variety of both wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers at his Sydney practice to ensure you have all the tools necessary to create the aesthetic results you desire.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Lao Tzu
Wrinkle relaxers smooth away creases by relaxing the facial muscles responsible for forming them. These treatments work on wrinkles which develop when certain facial expressions are made, such as squinting and frowning. Once the muscles are relaxed, the lines gradually smooth away, while you are still able to make natural facial expressions without those telltale ageing signs.
These products are mainly used for the treatment of crow’s feet (the lines which radiate from the corner of your eye when you smile or squint), forehead lines (the horizontal lines which form when you raise your eyebrows) and frown lines (the vertical lines which appear between your eyebrows when you frown).
Your procedure will involve injections of the relaxer into selected facial muscles using a very fine needle. Generally, the treatment takes about 15 minutes. Discomfort is minimal and brief for most patients, and no anaesthetic is required. Though the injection may sting for a few seconds, you will be able to resume normal activities as soon as the procedure is over. It takes 2-3 days for the treatment to begin taking effect, and about 7-10 days to see the full result.
Dosage and frequency of treatment varies depending on your individual situation and the severity of your lines. Your effects may last up to 4 months before lines slowly begin to return. If you have repeat treatments, the effect may be more prolonged.
Dermal fillers are another type of injectable treatment used to address the signs of ageing on your face by adding volume. These formulations work by providing support to underlying dermal layers to restore volume and smooth away facial lines from the inside out. Dermal fillers restore your youthful volume to areas of the face where skin laxity can lead to a hollowing effect.
These injectable treatments can be used to address established wrinkles which are present on your face all of the time, such as creases which extend from the nose to the mouth, known as nasolabial folds. Vertical lines in the corners of the mouth (smile lines) and lines extending from the mouth to the chin (marionette lines) can also be treated with dermal fillers. Some formulations also smooth out fine vertical lines above the upper lip (lipstick lines) or below the eyes.
Aside from correcting wrinkles, dermal fillers can also restore youthful volume to areas like the lips, jawline, cheekbones and the area underneath the eyes. The treatment reverses hollowing in the midface and temples, and combats mild skin laxity and early formation of jowls along the jawline. Filler can also be injected into the lips to enhance their shape and appearance.
Many options are available in the filler class, with clinical differences being predominantly governed by how long the effects last and the size of the particles in the formulation. Generally speaking, soft fillers with smaller particles (such as those used for the lips) will not last as long, which means you will need more frequent treatments to maintain your results. Longer-lasting fillers tend to have bigger particles which will work well on larger treatment areas. These treatments may last many more months before you require a touch-up procedure.
The most commonly used dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, which is a sugar found naturally in human skin. These compounds bind water, similar to a sponge. Because of this, they hydrate your skin while restoring a youthful look and feel to your complexion.
The body eventually absorbs hyaluronic acid, explaining the temporary nature of dermal fillers. Their longevity is dependent on a multitude of factors, including how you respond to the procedure, the location of the injection, and the particular product used. Results last from 6 months in high mobility areas (such as the lips), and up to two year in regions such as the cheeks or around your eyes. The more treatments you have, the longer your results are likely to last.
Your dermal filler treatment will likely involve a number of injections and should take approximately 30 minutes. Results are instant, and you should be able to head back to your regular activities as soon as your procedure is over. Swelling (especially if the lips are treated) and some bruising may occur, so please consider this when planning your treatment.
While the results are only temporary, you may find this a good way experience a cosmetic treatment before moving to a more permanent surgical procedure.