The skin is our body's largest organ. With time, one of the main physiological changes observed in the skin is the gradual decrease in the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid, which is found in the dermis, contributes to the hydration of the skin and gives it volume. A decrease in hyaluronic acid leads to a loss of skin elasticity, a decrease in volume and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

Dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid that can restore lost volume to the face and reduce the appearance of expression lines. Our clinic offers the full line of Juvederm® and Belotero® fillers. These products soften facial features and give natural results.

Facial areas treated with dermal fillers

Areas of treatment include:

  • Lips: adding volume and contour, softening of peripheral creasing
  • Cheeks: adding volume and contour
  • Nasolabial folds (creasing from the lower nose to the corners of the mouth): softening of expression lines
  • Eyes: softening and reduction of circles
  • Lower face: softening of creasing from the lower corners of the mouth through the chin
  • Jawline: adding volume and contour

The initial consultation for a treatment with dermal fillers

During your first consultation, it is important for us to understand the outcome you want to achieve so that we can give you the best advice. We do our best to answer your questions and concerns. Together, we can determine what treatments will help you achieve your goals, while respecting your budget.

Here are the steps of an initial consultation:

  • 1. Review of your medical file: we will discuss your medical history, your medication, your allergies, and previous treatments.
  • 2. Pictures: we will take photographs of your face. These are kept in your medical file and allow us to evaluate the results of the treatments.
  • 3. Discussion about your concerns: we will discuss the outcomes you want to achieve and make suggestions to meet your needs. The areas to be treated will be identified and a treatment plan established that meet your needs and budget.
  • 4. Treatment: after cleaning your skin, the dermal filler will be injected with a needle or cannula, depending on the area being treated. Immediately following injection, we will massage the treated area to ensure even distribution of the product for a natural result. The procedure takes 20 to 30 minutes depending on the treatment plan.

Natural results

During their first consultation, most of our patients want to be sure that the results of the treatments will be natural. We have chosen to work with hyaluronic acid fillers because these products give natural results. They make it possible to soften features, to correct certain asymmetries while maintaining the unique facial character of each patient. Our goal is to preserve facial balance and harmony.

Duration of results with dermal fillers

Treatment results usually last anywhere from 9 months to 2 years, depending on the type of dermal filler used, and the facial area treated.

Frequently asked questions

1. How long will it take to see results?

The preliminary effects of dermal fillers are immediate, with the optimal effects usually seen 3-4 weeks after the treatment.

2. Are dermal filler treatments painful?

Not usually. Dermal fillers contain small amounts of lidocaine, a numbing agent that reduces any discomfort.

3. Do I need to take any time off work?

No. You can resume your normal daily activities, including work, immediately after your visit.

4. Are there any secondary effects?

The most frequent side effects are redness and swelling in the injection areas immediately after treatment, but these secondary effects normally subside within two days. If you are prone to bruising, try to avoid taking ibuprofen (Advil) and anti-inflammatory medication 48 hours prior to treatment.

We will take time to review possible side effects, give you detailed post-treatment advice, and answer any of your questions.

5. Can dermal fillers be reversed?

Yes. If you are not satisfied with the results, the filler can be dissolved using a natural enzyme. The injected area can be restored to its pre-treatment state in only a few hours.

The decision to consult a physician for medical aesthetics treatment is the result of a long period of reflection for most patients. We are deeply committed to your care, and will take the time necessary to listen to you, establish a treatment plan adapted to your needs, and answer your questions. Educating and listening to our patients are among our highest priorities.