Skin care

A natural and fresh looking face without surgery

Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic doctor, liposuctionist)

Templestowe Lower, Berwick and Beaumaris Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2005, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. Read More

You’ve been looking forward to your birthday party for a while. An opportunity to catch up with family, share a drink with friends and finally meet your 3-month-old niece. Good times, great food and lots of laughs. And with the party atmosphere the phones and cameras come out from pockets and handbags.

You’ve been looking forward to your birthday party for a while. An opportunity to catch up with family, share a drink with friends and finally meet your 3-month-old niece. Good times, great food and lots of laughs. And with the party atmosphere the phones and cameras come out from pockets and handbags.

Facial volume loss is a key factor in the ageing process, which may cause skin folds, wrinkles, flattening or shrivelling of your face. A natural and fresh enhancement to your face is possible with dermal filler treatments. Picture yourself looking like you’ve had restful sleep or that you’ve just returned from your dream holiday. Relaxed, happy and confident – with radiant and glowing skin.

dermal fillers treatment

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers can help you slow down the visible signs of ageing that include:

  • Deep skin hollows and folds
  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Drooping, puffy and tired eyes
  • A downward smile
  • A receding, shorter chin, and
  • Drawing down, thinning of face

Faces age because the skin’s supportive network of collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin breaks down. This leads to the muscles that are pulling your face up weakening and the muscles that pull your face down strengthening.

Dermal fillers are cosmetic injections that restore and revolumise areas of the face non-surgically. In Australia, there are several filler brands to consider using. Due to Therapeutic Goods Administration rules, we’re not able to name each of the products we use.

Many cosmetic filler options are made from a clear gel composed of a substance that is naturally found in skin, hyaluronic acid. The fillers vary with their thickness, viscosity, and longevity. Finer, smoother ones don’t last as long, while thicker ones usually last longer.

We tend to use finer fillers in areas where your skin is fine and smoothness is critical, like your eye area. Our highly trained and skilled doctors can expertly place the finer injections superficially in the skin without causing any lumps. The thicker ones can be injected deeper in areas that need more bulk and volume such as your cheeks or jaw line. Many of the fillers are blended with a local anaesthetic that can significantly reduce the amount of pain during your procedure. The local anaesthetic mildly numbs the injection site so you experience minimal discomfort.

Read more details about the fillers here

Facial injections to enhance your eye hollows, cheeks, jawline and around your mouth

Dermal filler treatment can be used in your cheeks, eye hollows, chin, nose, nasolabial folds and the corners of your mouth. During the ageing process, cheeks begin to sag and can lose volume. This can result in creases and folds where your nose meets your cheek. These nasolabial folds can get quite deep but they respond well to filler injections, which can be used directly into the fold or to restore volume to your upper cheeks. You can view a before and after case study here

As you age you may notice the hollows that sit between your lower eyelid and cheeks (tear troughs) getting deeper while the area below your lower eyelid becomes baggier. The wrinkles and skin folds around your eye area can make you appear tired, even when you’re feeling rested. Hyaluronic acid fillers can help smooth the transition between the lower eyelid and cheeks, and make the appearance of your tear troughs or eye bags less obvious.

What is the filler procedure like?

The Victorian Cosmetic Institute uses the latest injecting techniques to help you maintain a fresh, natural look that is authentically you. We advocate a ‘less is more’ approach.

At a consultation with one of our medical staff, we discuss how to enhance some features and balance out areas that are bothering you. We then advise you on the fillers and treatment areas required including price, side effects and after care.

Before your filler treatment, we cleanse your face with antiseptic solution. Ice is sometimes used to help numb skin before injections. We also use local anaesthetic in your skin to numb specific areas where the injection will be inserted. Your filler will be injected with either a needle or a cannula. This video shows the key differences

Filler procedure enhancements using minimal bruise techniques

The Victorian Cosmetic Institute prides itself on using minimal bruise and discomfort techniques that include:

  • Ice: Because pain and temperature sensation travel along the same nerve pathway, using ice on your skin before the dermal filler injections will help you feel less pain.
  • Vibration: Using a vibrating device on your skin’s nerve pathways that conduct pain results in them becoming overloaded with vibrations and not being able to pass pain signals to the brain as easily.
  • Local anaesthetic cream: Before your injections, an application of local anaesthetic cream can be applied to your skin to help numb it.
  • Inhaled anaesthetic gas: Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is commonly used for dental procedures or during labour. The effect of the inhaled anaesthetic gases we use during your treatment tends to wear off quickly without any lingering effects after it’s completed.
  • Combining local anaesthetic and dermal fillers: So you feel less sting as the product is injected, some fillers come with local anaesthetic agents already built in while others can be mixed with a local anaesthetic

To avoid needles disrupting a vein under your skin and creating a bruise during your filler treatment, the Victorian Cosmetic Institute uses the Accuvein Vein Finder. The Accuvein visualise veins beneath your skin, allowing the practitioner to make adjustments to their injection points to avoid these veins. This reduces the risk of bruising.

We also prefer to use cannulas over needles because they give you less bruising, less downtime and a shorter recovery period. Traditionally fillers were injected using needles to pierce the skin and inject the substance into subcutaneous tissue.

The Victorian Cosmetic Institute cannulas technique has the following advantages:

  • The round end on the cannulas tip helps to push any important structures away so you get less bruising and reduced swelling.
  • A needle can’t discern what it’s going through, and will pierce through anything in the skin or in the subcutaneous tissue. A cannula, allows the practitioner to feel each structure as it passes through. If resistance occurs, an alternative pathway is found. This means you can avoid damage to veins and arteries and will experience much less bruising than a needle.
  • Cannulas are longer than needles, which mean your practitioner, can fill in a number of areas on your face from one single entry point. This results in less bruising and trauma to your skin, with a better and smoother result.

Suggested skin care after your treatment

After your filler treatment, you could consider using an everyday skin moisture treatment that hydrates and adds volume to your skin. The Aspect Dr Hyaluronic Serum is a unique hyaluronic acid blend suitable for all skin types including dry, flaky, inflamed and sensitive skin. You can buy Aspect Dr Hyaluronic Serum at our online shop here

How to achieve a natural and fresh looking face without surgery

Replace the knife with the needle. Find out how the Victorian Cosmetic Institute, led by Dr Gavin Chan can help you achieve a beautifully natural, age-defying version of yourself.

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