Facial Fillers

Introduction

Facial rejuvenation using injectable fillers involves injecting a substance into the skin to correct a wrinkle or deep fold such as the nose to mouth lines. When injected beneath the skin, these fillers plump up creased wrinkles and folds of the face. They can also add fullness to the lips and cheeks. Injectable fillers may be used alone or in combination with other procedures such as Botox or surgery. Fillers are usually not sufficient for severe lines and wrinkles on the face, such as deeper folds and creases in the face and brow which may be more effectively treated using surgery. Mr Grover will give you an honest opinion as to what the best way of treating you will be.

Before and after photos of patient treated by Rajiv Grover

Are There Many Different Types of Dermal Fillers?
Restylane

Is the Procedure Painful?

Can I have the treatment and go back to work?

What are the risks?

Are There Many Different Types of Dermal Fillers?
There are many different types of dermal fillers in the market but only a few dermal fillers have demonstrated predictable long term results with minimal swelling and reliable safety. Mr Grover restricts his practice to those products which have consistently demonstrated predictability and safety.

Restylane
Restylane is the brand name for an injectable form of hyaluronic acid specially formulated for facial contouring. Hyaluronic Acid is a sugar that is found in the connective tissue of our skin and along with collagen forms the building blocks of healthy tissues. Restylane is the most popular facial filler in the world today and has bee used in over 3 million treatments. It has a proven safety record. The result from the treatments is immediate and will last about 6 months.

Is the Procedure Painful?
There is some discomfort. The product is injected into the skin with a very fine needle and patients are treated with either a dental injection of local anaesthetic to prevent pain or a topical anaesthetic cream is applied to the skin before treatment.

Can I have the treatment and go back to work?
Some patients may experience a little redness and swelling which can be minimized with cover-up makeup. If you are conscious of some mild redness or swelling it may be as well to take the rest of the day off. If you have had the dental type injection of local anaeasthetic then it will be better to rest until the next day as it does make your lips numb.

Before and after photos of patient treated by Rajiv Grover

What are the risks?
I do not want to end up like Leslie Ash. The dermal fillers that demonstrate consistent safety for the last 20 years are the non-permanent dermal fillers such as Restylane. Lesley Ash suffered a reaction to a permanent filler which altered her appearance due to severe swelling. Mr Grover never uses permanent fillers for the face as the body's response to them can sometimes be unpredictable and removing them can be difficult if not impossible.

As with any sort of injection there can be some bruising and minor swelling although this is not severe and usually settles within a couple of days. As Restylane is not derived from animals there is little chance of any allergic reaction which means no skin test is needed before treatment. Despite this very rarely there can be an allergic response in 1 in 2000 patients which may require treatment with anti inflammatory medication.

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