Frequently asked questions
1) What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaloronic Acid is a naturally occurring sugar molecule within our bodies. Some of us have larger stores of it than others. As we age the storage of this molecule is also reduced. Hyaloronic Acid is able to hold up to 1000 times it’s weight in water.
When hyaluronic acid combines with water found in the body, the result is an immediate restoration of volume in the injected area, while maintaining a healthy, hydrated appearance. The smooth consistency of the gel allows for a soft, natural look after the treatment is complete.
2) What areas are commonly treated with Hyaluronic Acid Filler?
Smile lines; marionette lines; lower face; lips; cheeks; tear troughs, temporal fossae.
3) How long will the filler last?
Due to the cross-linked nature of the molecules in dermal filler, the product is able to remain in the body for nine months to a year.
Over time, the filler is absorbed by the body, returning the treated area to its original, pre-injected appearance. The length of results will depend on area treated, your metabolism and product used.
On average more dynamic areas (mouth areas, lips, and laugh lines) will last 4-8 months. Static areas (nose, cheeks, undereye and jawline) will last 9-18 months.
4) What are the side effects?
Minor side effects may include redness, edema, tenderness and slight bruising at the injection site which will generally disappear anywhere between 3-14 days. It is important to note that the product is removable post injection if required.
5) Is the procedure painful?
The procedure itself is relatively painless thanks to Lidocaine, a local anesthetic, which is directly built into the product. Although the Lidocaine is quick to numb the treatment area, ice or numbing cream may be used to further ease any discomfort throughout the procedure.