What is filler injection?
We inject fillers to treat wrinkles and restore volume in our face. Now we also use fillers to treat facial deformity or asymmetry which can only be corrected by invasive surgery in the past. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers is the preferred choice among aesthetics doctors due to its higher safety profile, compared to other fillers. It is a natural occurring substance in our skin and can be absorbed by our body over time. If you are not satisfied with your injection results, it is also completely reversible with the use of hyaluronidase (an enzyme which dissolves HA).
Which areas can we treat with filler injection?
We inject fillers to treat many different areas in our face (see diagram on your left). It works beautifully to restore volume loss in our temples, cheeks, under eyes, laugh lines and marionette lines. Volume loss happens when our bones resorb (become lesser) and facial muscle and fat gets reduced as we grow older. In recent years, we also see an increasing trend of younger patients who request filler injection to enhance their facial features. You can achieve a higher nose bridge, more prominent cheek bones, better defined lip contours and a more pronounced chin or jawline. This can be done via filler injection.
What happens during filler injection?
Filler injection is a very quick procedure. You can come in during lunch time and get the treatment done within an hour. Our doctor will assess your facial structure and discuss with you how you may benefit from filler injection. During the injection, you will hardly feel any discomfort due to the effect of the numbing cream. After the procedure, you can resume your daily activities with no downtime.
To find out if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure, you can first have an assessment with our doctor. After that, we will recommend your treatment based on our findings and your indicated preferences.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I prepare myself for filler injection?
You do not need to have any special preparation for filler injection. We usually inform our patients to come for treatment at least one week before an event. This is to allow time for tissue swelling to subside and time for your injection marks to heal.
Is filler injection painful?
No, it is not. Most patients describe as a slight prick of a needle. You may not even feel any pain because of the numbing cream effect on the skin. Lidocaine (local anaesthesia) is premixed with most hyaluronic acid fillers. You may continue to feel the numbing effect for up to 2 hours after the injection.
When do I see results?
You start to see the effect immediately after the injection. But it takes about 3 to 5 days for the skin swelling to subside and you will look most natural in about a weeks’ time.
How long does it last?
The longevity of the filler depends on the type used and the area it is used to treat. Higher facial movement areas (such as laugh lines and lips) tend to have the shorter effect (6 months to a year). Likewise, lower facial movement areas such as temples and cheeks tend to last longer (up to 2 years).
What should I look out after the procedure?
You should not exercise or drink alcohol for at least one day after injection. Such activities may cause the blood vessels to dilate and result in bruising which can be avoided. You should also avoid heat or massage to the injection sites for up to a week. This is to prevent the spread of fillers to an unintended site before absorbed by the skin.
If you are taking vitamins such as gingko, vitamin E or aspirin, please inform the doctor. These medications thin the blood and may increase bruising risks.
When do I go for the next review?
We routinely review filler patients at 6 months. You may indicate change according to your preference and convenience. Discuss with our doctor to see what suits you and we can customise your treatment plan accordingly.