DERMAL FILLERS & VOLUMIZERS 2017-05-18T14:35:24+00:00

Dermal Fillers

& Volumizers

Feel free to contact Dr. Economou

for further information or a consultation.

Wrinkle Reduction

Mid & Lower Part of the Face: Injectable Dermal Fillers & Volumizers

In his private practice since many years Dr Economou uses a range of well known approved injectibles as fillers and volumizers like Restylane/Emervel, Juvederm/Perlane, Belotero, Radiesse and Teosyal depending on the indications and the needs of his patients. As follows we answer some frequently asked questions and we describe the products we use.

As we age, our skin changes. Over time, the natural volume of youthful skin begins to diminish as wrinkles and folds form and your face looses its youthful look.

Injectable dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers BfArM and FDA-approved created to restore this loss of volume and to fill and smoothen the wrinkles created.

This smooth consistency gel is made of hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to add volume and hydration that lasts up to 1 year.

Injectable gel dermal filler is a nonsurgical, physician-administered treatment. Dr Economou eases the dermal filler under the skin using a fine needle to augment, or fill the soft tissue of the dermis—the dense inner layer of skin beneath the epidermis—to add volume and diminish wrinkles and folds. It works perfectly smoothening your “smile lines” or “parentheses” (nasolabial folds), “marionette lines” (oral commissures), tear troughs, restores your mid-facial volume and redefines your facial contour (chin & jaw contouring).

They are made of hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to hydrate and add volume. The hyaluronic acid in those products is produced by a biotechnical process.

Hyaluronic acid tends to diminish with age, contributing to the formation of wrinkles and folds. All the injectable gels work to correct this by restoring hyaluronic acid in your skin, helping to smooth wrinkles and folds, creating a full face rejuvenation.

As an injectable derma filler gel is a simple, nonsurgical wrinkle treatment, there is minimal recovery or downtime usually 1 to maximum 2 days. Pain is minimal if any. The results are immediate.

Some doctors recommend that you avoid any medications that can prolong bleeding, such as aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), for at least a week prior to treatment in order to reduce the risk of bruising and bleeding at the injection site. Ask your healthcare professional what he or she recommends.

If this is your first visit, your healthcare professional will ask about your medical history, including any allergies you may have or medications you may take, and will tell you more about wrinkle treatment with dermal fillers.

Although anesthesia is not required, your healthcare professional may use topical or injectable anesthesia to numb the treatment area first.

The gel will be injected under your skin to augment, or fill, wrinkles and folds. Following the injection, your healthcare professional may gently massage the treated areas. The procedure is quick and easy. Pain is minimal if any. The injection itself usually takes only about 15 minutes.

There is minimal recovery or downtime.

For the first 24 hours following treatment, you should avoid strenuous exercise, excessive sun or heat exposure, and consumption of alcoholic beverages in order to help minimize the risks of temporary redness, swelling, and/or itching at the treatment sites. After the treatment, some temporary injection-related reactions may occur, including redness, pain, firmness, swelling, and bumps. Studies have shown that these are usually mild to moderate in nature and clear up on their own in 7 days or less. If you experience swelling at the injection site, you can apply an ice pack for a brief period. Your healthcare professional will tell you when makeup may be applied after your treatment.

Seeing results: You should see an immediate improvement in the treatment areas. Most patients need one treatment to achieve optimal wrinkle smoothing. And one treatment could smooth your lines and wrinkles for up to 1 year! However, results may vary and correction is temporary. Supplemental “touch up” treatments may be required to achieve and maintain optimal results.

Dermal filler injectable gel is indicated for injection into the mid to deep dermis (below the outer layer of skin) for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. It helps to instantly restore your mid-facial volume ( malar bone area), redefine your facial contour (chin & jaw contouring) and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds like your “smile lines” or “parentheses” (nasolabial folds—the creases that run from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth), tear through and “marionette lines” (oral commissures) treatments.

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in all mammals that helps to hydrate and add volume to your skin. In addition to its use as an aesthetic treatment, hyaluronic acid has also been used for more than 20 years for injection into arthritic joints to aid movement as well as for eye surgeries and wound repair.

What is cross-linked hyaluronic acid?

“Uncross-linked” hyaluronic acid in its natural form is in a liquid state. “Cross-linking” is the process through which hyaluronic acid is made into a gel product that can be injected into the skin for long-lasting results.

Injections may cause some discomfort during and after the injection. Every dermal filler is injected directly into the skin using a fine needle or in some cases micro-cannula to reduce injection discomfort. Your doctor may choose to numb (anesthetize) the treatment area to further minimize discomfort.

How long does treatment usually take?

The injection process takes only about 15 minutes. You’ll also need to allow time to consult with your doctor prior to treatment.

Most side effects are mild or moderate in nature, and their duration is short lasting (7 days or less). The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, temporary injections site reactions such as redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, and discoloration. As with all skin injection procedures there is a risk of infection.

Can people with different skin tones/colors be treated with dermal filler injectibles?

Yes. In fact dermal fillers that has proven its safety and effectiveness in persons of color. Studies showed no increased risk of hyperpigmentation or hypertrophic scarring in patients of color.

Cold compresses (a cloth dipped in cold water, wrung out, and applied to the injected area) may be used immediately after treatment to reduce swelling.

  • Avoid touching the treated area within six hours following treatment, so you do not accidentally injure your skin while the area is numb. After that, the area can be gently washed with soap and water.
  • Until there is no redness or swelling, avoid exposure of the treated area to intense heat (sun lamp or sunbathing).
  • If you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, there is a risk that the needle punctures could contribute to another recurrence. Speak to your physician about medications that may minimize a recurrence.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St. John’s wort, and high doses of Vitamin E supplements for one week after treatment. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.

Be sure to consult Dr Economou about recommendations for a follow-up treatment. He has been specially trained in the administration of dermal filler injectables with over 15 years experience and will be happy to discuss whether it is right for you and the amount of product you need.