Fillers are a substance that temporarily blocks the neural transmission between the nerves and the muscles, which temporarily blocks or reduces the activity of the muscle into which is it injected.
In former times fillers were used for the treatment of muscle spasms and hyperhidrosis. Nowadays fillers are also used for cosmetic purposes and more specifically to reduce wrinkles.
Only trained physicians can safely administer injections with fillers. Wrinkles are formed due to the contraction of the underlying muscles. Consequently it is crucial that the physician who administers the filler injection has an excellent knowledge of the facial muscle anatomy !
Fillers are injected into specific superficial facial muscles. After 3 to 4 days these muscles will relax and the wrinkles will smoothen or even disappear. An expert in administering injections with fillers will try to block the contaction of the muscles only partially, so that the facial expressions of the patient remain natural. After 3 to 4 months the effect of fillers wears off and the muscle function is restored progressively.
Filler injections are indicated for 6 areas:
Fillers a very safe product and has no known long-term side effects. If, however, fillers are not administered by a experienced physician who continuously attends advanced training courses, the patient can experience local side effets of a transitory nature caused by an injection in the wrong muscle or by the administration of the wrong quantity of fillers in the area concerned.
During the ageing process the skin thickness diminishes and wrinkles appear. Dynamic wrinkles (expression wrinkles) which occur when we use our muscles to form facial expressions are treated with fillers. Static wrinkles are the wrinkles that are present at rest and therefore cannot be inactivated. They need to be filled with a wrinkle filler. There are different types of wrinkles fillers. The non-absorbable fillers are not safe and even possibly dangerous in the long term. The absorbable products are very safe and long-lasting.
Two hours before the wrinkle treatment an anaesthetic cream is applied to the areas concerned. The skin is carefully cleaned and disinfected. With a very fine needle the product is injected into the skin. The quantities depend on the depth of the wrinkles. The results are immediate. Immediately after the wrinkle treatment the skin is usually a little red and swollen. You are advised to apply ice for a couple of minutes.
The patient’s own fat tissue is the most natural filler. Thanks to the recently considerably improved techniques for harvesting, centrifuging and injecting the patient’s own fat tissue, the results of lipofilling are excellent.