THE LOW­DOWN ON BOTOX AND FILLERS

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Dr Benjamin Yim Special -

THESE SMOOTH AND PLUMP YOUR SKIN, BUT HERE ARE SOME­THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BE­FORE YOU MAKR AN AP­POINT­MENT WITH YOUR DOC­TOR.

How It Works

In­ject­ing a sig­nif­i­cant vol­ume of filler ma­te­rial into cer­tain ar­eas on your face can make a big dif­fer­ence to the way you look. Fillers can heighten your nose bridge or cheek­bones, dene your chin and jaw­line, plump your lips, and fill in the lines and sunken ar­eas un­der your eyes and cheeks. The ma­te­rial is bro­ken down and ab­sorbed into the body over time.

There are dif­fer­ent types of llers: hyaluronic acid, poly-l-lac­tic acid and cal­cium hy­drox­y­la­p­atite. Dr Chau ex­plains: “Hyaluronic acid adds vol­ume to the ar­eas it is in­jected into and can po­ten­tially last six to 18 months. Poly-l-lac­tic acid works as a col­la­gen stim­u­la­tor; it re­quires three to four treat­ments and a few months to see max­i­mum re­sults, and may last more than two years. Cal­cium hy­drox­y­la­p­atite gives in­stant re­sults and has a lit­tle col­la­gen-stim­u­lat­ing ef­fect; it lasts up to a year in prac­tice.”

Your skin is first as­sessed, then a suit­able filler is pre­scribed. Numb­ing cream is ap­plied to the tar­get ar­eas, which are also iced be­fore the fillers are in­jected, says Dr Shiau. Hyaluronic acid fillers come in sy­ringes con­tain­ing 1ml of the filler; you would usu­ally re­quire about two sy­ringes to fill the mid-cheek area.

A filler treat­ment is like a work of art. Dr Yim ex­plains that he first in­jects small amounts of fillers into the spec­i­fied area, then pauses to re-ex­am­ine the pa­tient’s face con­tours from ev­ery an­gle, and will per­haps mould the filled area with his fin­gers as he sees fit, be­fore in­ject­ing more filler.

You’ll Feel Min­i­mal Pain

Filler in­jec­tions are like reg­u­lar in­jec­tions but are made more bear­able with a top­i­cal numb­ing cream. If you have a very low tol­er­ance for pain, you can ask your doc­tor for lo­cal anaes­the­sia. The pe­ri­o­ral re­gion, which is the lower part of your face that con­sists of the lips, na­solabial folds and chin, is usu­ally more sen­si­tive than other ar­eas, says Dr Tan.

Re­sults Are In­stant

Re­sults are im­me­di­ate, says Dr Lee, but it is best to do the pro­ce­dure two to four weeks be­fore a big event, to al­low side ef­fects such as bruis­ing and swelling to sub­side, says Dr Tan.

Pro­long­ing the Re­sults

You can gen­tly touch the treated area, but avoid in­tensely mas­sag­ing it as this might re­mould the in­tended shape of the area and speed up the break­down of the llers, says Dr Shiau. Ac­cord­ing to Dr Lee, how you should treat this area also de­pends on the type of ller used. For in­stance, you should not re­mould nose llers that have been sculpted to suit you. Poly-l-lac­tic acid col­la­gen stim­u­la­tors, on the other hand, must be mas­saged for up to ve days for best re­sults.

How Much Does a Filler In­jec­tion Cost?

From $800 to $1,200, de­pend­ing on the type and amount of ller used.

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