Dermal Fillers: The Easiest Way to Reverse Aging

Sometimes we look in the mirror and are suddenly alarmed by what we see, as though we suddenly aged overnight! As the years go by, our skin’s appearance becomes more and more impacted by our environments which may result in fine lines, deep creases, hollows under our eyes, more noticeable acne and chicken pox scars, thinner lips, or gauntness in our temples and cheeks.

Our skin loses its elasticity, its fullness, and its suppleness because as we age, our skin gradually loses hyaluronic acid and collagen which is what gives our skin that youthful look.

Many people try to reduce the impacts of aging with skin care products and while a skin care routine with cutting edge products can make a big difference, it has a limited impact on age, facial muscles, gauntness, or sun damage.

While Botox may be an effective option, dermal fillers offer a different approach that may be used instead of, or in combination with, Botox.

What are Dermal Fillers and What Do They Do?

Dermal fillers are a cost-effective, minimally invasive cosmetic procedure for adding volume to the skin by filling in gaunt areas and removing wrinkles and lines. Dermal fillers can contain natural or synthetic materials and are injected to create volume and fullness, perking up your face and restoring its youthfulness. Unlike Botox, which works with the face’s muscles, dermal fillers plump and smooth the skin.

Natural fillers like hyaluronic acid, which our bodies produce, provide immediate results which can last anywhere from three to 18 months (sometimes as long as two years). Like the skin’s natural hyaluronic acid, the fillers eventually break down, so follow-up treatments to maintain the effects are key. Natural fillers may not last as long synthetic fillers, but the risk of allergic reactions is significantly lower.

Synthetic fillers are semi-permanent; if your lines and wrinkles return, it’s due to continued aging or sun damage rather than a dissipation of the filler. Ensuring that the effects are long lasting means wearing sunscreen daily and taking special care of your skin.

Our Dermal Fillers

At Rao Dermatology, we use both natural and synthetic fillers selected by our doctor’s and that produce superior results in combination with our skill, technique, experience, and training. We offer Juvederm®, Restylane®, Revanesse, and RADIESSE®. Our doctor’s will select the dermal filler best suited to your skin and your risk tolerance, but here is an overview of each dermal filler product.

Juvederm®

A natural filler, Juvederm® is an injectable gel dermal filler that uses hyaluronic acid to subtly restore fullness, reduce lines and wrinkles, and plump up lips. The injectable contains some lidocaine to reduce discomfort during treatment. Juvederm® produces subtle, natural results that enhance your look and it lasts between one and two years. One of the most commonly used fillers, Juvederm® has a superior history of producing great results with minimal side effects.

Restylane®

Another natural filler using hyaluronic acid, Restylane® provides two decades of innovative research and development to offer a wide variety of gel types that provide varying degrees of fullness and firmness meaning that we can tailor your dermal filler treatment to suit your facial rejuvenation needs.

Revanesse®

A synthetic filler, the Revanesse line uses Thixofix cross-linking technology which slows down the breakdown of hyaluronic acid, making it more durable, longer-lasting, and that stimulates new collagen production in your skin.

RADIESSE®

Another synthetic filler, RADIESSE® is made of Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres that are suspended in a gel and works by providing immediate volume while also continuing to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production. RADIESSE® lasts a year or more and the CaHA microspheres are metabolized by your body, leaving behind only the natural collagen.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of our frequently asked questions about dermal fillers, but if you have concerns that aren’t addressed here, please feel free to contact us.

Do dermal fillers hurt? How long does the procedure take?

We use a very fine needle to inject your dermal filler into your skin, meaning that there will be some minor discomfort. The procedure takes about 15 to 30 minutes depending on the amount of areas we are treating. Some dermal fillers also include lidocaine to reduce discomfort.

How soon will I see results?

The results from dermal fillers are instantaneous and will last anywhere from three months to two years depending on your skin and the filler used. The results aren’t permanent, so you will eventually need follow-up appointments to maintain the effects.

What happens if I don’t continue treatment?

If you don’t continue treatment, your symptoms lines and wrinkles, thinness or gauntness, hollows and creases will gradually return.

Are dermal fillers expensive?

Exact costs vary depending upon individual treatment plans, the dermal fillers used, and the amount of filler injected. We’ll advise you of the costs for your treatment at your consultation.

Are there any potential side effects from dermal filler injections?

After the injections, you will likely experience some tenderness and temporary bruising or swelling. You may experience redness, swelling, itching, stinging, pain, pressure, or rashes for up to a week after treatment.

Am I a good candidate for dermal fillers?

If you are between the ages of 18 and 65 years old and have great overall health, you are most likely a good candidate for dermal fillers, but the best determinant is a consultation at our Edmonton Dermatology Clinic. Fill in the form below to set up your free consultation.

Brown and Red Spots

Tired of connecting the dots on your face?

Well, now you no longer have to.

Spots often are due to sun damage. First and foremost, an experienced dermatologist needs to ensure that they are innocent and not worrisome. A detailed skin analysis can then help identify the type and number of spots.

Our prevent, treat, maintain approach is crucial to management of these bothersome discolorations. Prevention with use of vitamin c serums in combination with sunblock is mandatory.

Treatment of these spots has been hugely successful with our state of the art medical devices.

Brown spots, often due to sun exposure, can be eradicated with the new Halo laser while red spots, which can be spider angiomas or cherry spots, can easily be removed with Excel V laser or BBL. Maintenance is the final and most important step, accomplished by an advanced skin care regimen and regular visits. Experts at Rao Dermatology are aptly qualified to review your irregular spots and recommend a comprehensive program just for you.

Treatment Options:

  1. Laser treatments
  2. Medical Facials
  3. Daily Advanced skin care 

Lashes

Why be fake when being real takes no effort?

Thick gorgeous eyelashes are coveted by many.

Rather than risking the false kind , let your natural lashes shine with Latisse- the first and only FDA approved treatment that grow lashes longer and fuller. Latisse works by extending the length of time that hairs stay in the growth phase and by increasing the number of lashes.

By applying this solution to your eyelids nightly for 8-12 weeks, your new lashes will be thicker, darker, and longer. No need to be artificial when natural looks that good.

Eyes

Our eyes tell more about us than what we say.

They often betray us, reflecting our true emotions and feelings.

Unfortunately, they can also betray our age.

There are 4 telltale signs of aging around the eyes. First is the droopy sagging brow that tends to make our eyes look smaller. Second are the wrinkles and thin skin known as crow’s feet.  Third are the bags under our eyes, which can be due to fat pockets or hollowing from collagen breakdown. Lastly, dark circles under our eyes give us that tired and overworked appearance.

How can we make your eyes express a more youthful image?

At Rao Dermatology, we have an arsenal of treatments to achieve eye rejuvenation.

Treatment Options:

  1. Botox – for wrinkles and crow’s feet
  2. Dermal fillers – potential way of filling in the hollow
  3. Thermi -for skin tightening and brow lift
  4. Eyelid surgery– to remove excess skin
  5. Laser treatments -for thinning skin and wrinkles
  6. Daily Advanced skin care

Lips

The modern lip- soft, lush, kissable.

Some say the lips are the most important part of our face as they are responsible for conveying our thoughts to the world. So, let’s be honest , people look at our lips. Over the years , our lips start to loose their definition and volume.

Static and dynamic lines also develop around the mouth, accentuating the appearance of aging.

At Rao dermatology, we can help to reverse time by delicately restoring the plumpness of the lips and successfully diminishing lines around the mouth.

Natural, Full, & Youthful

Lip shaping and augmentation is now accomplished by using fillers that have local anesthetic already in them, making it a much more comfortable and painless procedure. Our experienced luminary injectors work wonders to give you the lips you have always dreamed of- natural, full, and youthful.

Treatment Options:

  1. Dermal fillers
  2. Botox
  3. Laser treatments
  4. Thermi

Nose-Shaping

Can you believe that we can now give you a nose job without breaking your bones or using a scalpel?

This can be achieved with a careful and accurate injection of hyaluronic fillers. This procedure allows us to correct imperfections after a surgical rhinoplasty, straighten noses and even build up the nasal bridge.

It can optically make the nose look smaller, shape the nostrils, as well as define the nasal tip.

It takes only minutes and there is no pain or side effects.

The results are amazing often giving clients the WOW factor.

Nose shaping techniques , can last, up to 12-18 months . Of course, not all patients are suitable, but this modern cutting edge procedure now provides a great alternative to all those who would never consider an operation.

Treatment Options:

Dermal Fillers

 

Wrinkles

Wrinkles, Folds, and Creases.

We learn to laugh, smile, and frown and yet years of it leave you with the signs of life – wrinkles, lines and creases!

Unfortunately, the effects of the environment and our genetic tendencies lead to ongoing skin damage. Wrinkles and folds form mainly in the face but can also be present on body areas such as chest, neck and arms.

Wrinkles can be dynamic meaning that they occur or worsen with movement, such as frown lines. Alternatively, wrinkles can be static, in the sense that they are present at rest.

Let us help make you still look like you – but a more relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated version.

Using the most innovative and cutting edge technologies to improve skin quality, we, at Rao Dermatology, can help to diminish the appearance of age and prevent the onset of new creases and grooves. Dr. Rao, who is recognized as a luminary educator in advanced injection techniques, demonstrates the upmost skill, finesse and artistry in minimizing wrinkles, lines and folds.

Treatment Options:

  1. Laser Treatment
  2. Botox
  3. Dermal fillers
  4. Thermi
  5. Medical Facials
  6. Daily Advanced skin care

Rosacea

Fed up with redness and blushing?

Many individuals suffer from Rosacea, a chronic skin condition characterized by persistent redness of the central face.

It is an inflammatory process that can present with small pimples and dilated small visible vessels within the reddened areas, especially on the chin, cheeks and nose.

 Many lifestyles factors can cause rosacea to flare up.  Common triggers are hot and cold weather, alcohol, sun exposure, stress, and hot or spicy food and drinks.

 Over two million Canadians are known to be affected by rosacea.  It typically develops between ages 30 to 50 and tends to occur more often in women than men.  It is a chronic condition often misdiagnosed as acne.  Rosacea cannot be cured but definitely can be controlled.   At Rao Dermatology, we can help you establish an optimal treatment plan to treat your rosacea symptoms.  

Treatment Options:

  1. Excel V laser – removes small vessels
  2. IPL phototherapy–  essential maintenance procedure that diminishes background redness
  3. Medical treatments – both topical and systemic for inflamed pimples
  4. Daily Advanced skin care – must include sun protection

 

Melasma

Tired of wearing a mask?

Melasma is a very common condition of brown discoloration on sun exposed areas of the face, commonly the cheeks, upper lip, and forehead.

Melasma typically worsens with sun exposure, birth control pills, and hormones of pregnancy.

Although it can affect both genders and any race, it is more common in women and people with darker skin types. Melasma usually becomes more noticeable in the summer and improves during the winter months.

Let us Help

Unfortunately, there is no permanent cure for melasma. However, there is good news. With a combination of maintenance office treatments and a strict home care program, the unsightly appearance of melasma can be at least significantly reduced and even in some cases, cleared for a short period of time.

Treatment Options:

  1. Laser treatmentsto reduce hyperpigmentation
  2. Medical Grade Fading creams 
  3. Medical Facialspigment controlling peels
  4. Daily Advanced skin care– regular sun protection with broad spectrum sunblock and vitamin C protectants

Aging Skin

A “selfie” gives new meaning to” a picture is worth a thousand words”.

We start to notice the sagging looser skin, the tired dull sallow complexion. Then we zoom in closer and obsess over the fine lines , deeper wrinkles ,brown and red spots. These signs start to be visible in our 20’s and become more noticeable with age.

What causes this dreaded process of aging?

There are both intrinsic and extrinsic factors that contribute.

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors

Intrinsic factors are our natural aging process which is genetically determined. It causes collagen and elastin breakdown and reduces cellular regeneration. Extrinsic factors consist mainly of sun damage. The distressing news is that we can never stop the aging process of our skin, it starts in our 20s and is ongoing, but the good news is that we sure can slow it down.

How?

It’s all about investing in long term heath of your skin and paying regular close attention to your skin fitness. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix. A longterm comprehensive skincare program involving prevention and protection of healthy skin, treatment of imperfections , and maintenance strategies are paramount to ensure that your skin health and structure is optimized. At Rao Dermatology, we have the myriad of treatments and technologies to help you accomplish this goal.

Think of us as your personal trainer for the skin. Come visit us so we can start conditioning your skin to be exactly what you want- toned, glowing and radiant.

Treatment options:

  1. Laser Treatments
  2. Dermal Fillers
  3. Botox
  4. Thermi
  5. Medical facials
  6. Stay Forever Young Program
  7. Daily Advanced skin care