The experience of aging can be an uncomfortable one. From the appearance of new fine lines and wrinkles to the loss of volume changing the contours of your face dramatically. It may even start to feel that you cannot recognize your face in the mirror. The number of cosmetic treresigned in Vancouver to fight visible signs of aging are innumerable. They are often either designed to improve the surface appearance of skin or are invasive plastic surgeries.

Of course, when considering any cosmetic procedure, it is important to do your research. You want to make sure you choose the correct procedure (and practitioner) for you. With that goal in mind,  Sparrow MD in Vancouver will guide and walk you through the dermal filler process, here we will answer some frequently asked questions, and help you decide if dermal fillers are right for you.

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Dermal filler overview

Dermal fillers, also sometimes called injectable implants or soft tissue fillers, are minimally invasive cosmetic implants that can be injected beneath the skin to plump up or ‘fill’ spaces that have lost definition due to aging, thereby giving the skin a more youthful appearance. They are an excellent option for those who wish to rejuvenate their face (or hands) but do not want the recovery time or cost of major cosmetic surgery.

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What are dermal fillers in Vancouver?

While “dermal fillers” is a generic term that encompasses several different types of injectable implants, dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid-based. Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are the most common dermal fillers, as well as the dermal fillers most often recommended for beginners. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced in the body and a key component of the skin’s ability to absorb moisture. HA dermal fillers leave skin plumper and with more volume for a youthful, moisturized appearance. They also stimulate collagen production to improve the skin’s natural elasticity. Fillers have a gel-like consistency and will slowly be absorbed by the body over time.

What are the benefits of dermal fillers in Vancouver?

Dermal fillers are a minimally invasive method to fight several visible signs of aging, both on the face and on the body. They can also be used to enhance appearance (such as in the case of lip fillers.) For those looking to reduce wrinkles or add volume back into their face, dermal fillers in Vancouver at the skin clinic, Sparrow MD, are a safe and cost-effective alternative to extensive and invasive plastic surgery.

Concerns that dermal fillers can address include:

  • Smoothing out wrinkles and facial creases including:
    • Frown lines between the eyebrows
    • Nasolabial folds (the lines that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth)
    • Crow’s feet
    • Forehead worry lines
    • Marionette lines (vertical lines pulling down from the corners of the mouth)
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  • Rounding out hollowed cheeks and other facial contours
  • Plumping up thin lips
  • Lifting sunken undereye area
  • Filling in indented or pitted scars such as acne scars
  • Hand rejuvenation (filling in knuckles between knuckles and veins)

How long does it take for dermal filler effects to become visible?

One major benefit of dermal fillers is that they work by physically pushing into areas that need to be plumped or filled in, thus initial effects are noticeable immediately after the treatment. That being said, dermal fillers do take some time to fully settle into the face. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers specifically help to improve moisture retention and boost collagen production in the injection area, the effects of which aren’t immediately noticeable. After the initial treatment, it may take up to two weeks for the full extent of the effects to become visible. 

How long do dermal fillers last?

The duration of the dermal filler treatment results varies significantly from person to person, as everyone’s body will break down the dermal filler at a different speed. Results will be visible immediately and become more obvious over the following days, and last anywhere between six and 18 months. More permanent dermal fillers are possible with other filler materials, but they come with their own potential benefits and drawbacks and should be researched carefully.

How much do dermal fillers cost?

The price of dermal fillers starts at approximately $500, but this amount can vary wildly depending on the needs of the patient—the specific issues being addressed, the amount of filler used, and the results desired all play into how much you will end up paying. The price will also vary based on the location of the clinic and the individual practitioner performing the procedure.

It is important to understand that it takes considerable medical skill to inject fillers safely and with natural results. When purchasing fillers you are investing in the expertise of your injector.

Are dermal fillers safe?

When performed by a licensed professional, dermal fillers are a safe, minimally invasive procedure with a low level of risk. However, complications and side effects are possible, and this is especially so when performed by inexperienced practitioners or unsafe, untested filler materials. Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to do dermal fillers on yourself or have them performed by anyone other than a licensed professional.

All dermal fillers at Sparrow MD in Vancouver are performed by a medical doctor who is an expert in the use of fillers who is also involved in training other healthcare professionals in these techniques.

Am I a good candidate for dermal fillers?

Physically, the ideal candidate for dermal fillers is in good health and a non-smoker. Good candidates are also those who have a clear understanding and expectation of what dermal fillers can and can’t do. They are also prepared to take good care of their skin and return for follow up treatments as needed to ensure the best results. 

Some medical conditions make a candidate unsuitable for dermal fillers, and it is important that you speak with your practitioner about your medical history before proceeding with the treatment. You may not be a good candidate for dermal fillers if you:

  •   Are allergic or hypersensitive to lidocaine or any filler ingredients
  •   Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  •   Have an active infection on or near the injection site
  •   Are on blood thinners or have recently taken blood-thinning drugs
  • Suffer from a bleeding disorder

What are the risks of dermal fillers?

Serious complications with dermal fillers are rare but possible. The most common side effects are minor and short-lived—these include localized swelling, redness, and bruising in the area around the injection site. There can also be itching, rashes, and pain and tenderness in the treatment area.

More serious but uncommon risks of dermal fillers include:

  • Allergic reactions (either immediate or late-onset after a few months)
  • Infection
  • The appearance of lumps under the skin
  • Headaches
  • Scarring
  • Straying of filler material outside of the intended area
  • Cold sore outbreaks in patients with a previous history of cold sores

The most serious potential complications of dermal fillers can occur if a practitioner mistakenly injects filler material into a blood vessel. Doing so can block blood vessels and restrict blood supply to an area, potentially causing tissue death (aka necrosis), stroke, or blindness. These complications are extremely rare and best prevented by ensuring that your treatment is performed by an experienced medical professional.

Unlike nearly all other clinics in Canada, all our doctors are trained in the use of facial ultrasound and this allows is yo identify blood vessels before injecting fillers. This allows is to perform this procedure as safely as possible.

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Make sure to speak to your practitioner ahead of your dermal filler treatment and discuss your concerns. They should be candid about the risks associated with the procedure and answer any questions you have. They should also take a detailed medical history to ensure there are no potential contraindications with the fillers.

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Can dermal fillers be reversed?

Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are completely reversible! Injecting fillers with an enzyme dissolver will immediately dissolve the dermal fillers and reverse the process, meaning clients don’t have to worry about being locked in if they find the effect is not what they were expecting.

Because the doctors at Sparrow MD are experts in facial ultrasound, it is not uncommon for patients in Vancouver or the west coast who have had fillers done elsewhere to seek our help is dussolving fillers or optimizing prior treatments. Through the use of ultrasound technology we can visualize old fillers under the skin and dissolve them if needed.

HA dermsl fillers are not permanent, and the dermal filler material will naturally be absorbed into your body over time. If you’re unhappy with the results but do not wish to have another injection, you can opt to simply wait—the effects will reverse themselves over time.

Where can I get dermal filler near me?

Looking for a Vancouver dermal filler clinic? To get in contact with skilled medical professionals that have experience performing dermal fillers, look no further than Sparrow MD.

Sparrow MD is a professional clinic with a luxurious boutique atmosphere. All their injections ars performed by medical doctors who are experts in the use of both dermal fillers and facial ultrasound. Don’t trust your face with any less than the best.

Medical Author

Dr. Zhai MD, CCFP

Dr. Zhai MD, CCFP

Dr. Jacqueline Zhai is a medical doctor with advanced training in aesthetic medicine. She is registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC). She is also a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) and the Canadian Association of Aesthetic Medicine (CAAM). Dr. Zhai focuses on delivering natural results that are tailored to each and every one of her patients. She is passionate about providing her clients with the most advanced and up-to-date treatment options. Dr. Zhai and her team are constantly updating their knowledge and translating this into patient care. Dr. Zhai loves both the artistic and personal nature of her work. She dedicates her work to helping her clients look and feel confident at any age.