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It’s a common misconception that your skin stretches over time, sagging into folds and wrinkles.
In reality, two primary factors age our appearance – loss of facial volume due to depletion of fat in the face and bone in the skull that support the skin and reduced production of collagen.
Natural volume gives our face a smooth, youthful contour and we begin to lose both, beginning as early as our 20s, but usually in our late 20s- early 30s.
Collagen is a strong meshwork of protein fibers that supports the skin, forming the foundation for long lasting, radiant skin.
While hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers have an important use for replenishing depleted volume in the face immediately, it is possible to look overfilled, as we can see all around us, especially in lips and cheeks when people don’t know when to stop and injectors cannot say no.
Biostimulator fillers work differently and are a newer brand of injectables that work over time to stimulate your own collagen production, that can often last as long as 18-24 months.
At Skin Essentials, we offer three main brands, which we are not allowed to name due to TGA regulations.
Has been in the market since 2006, this one is slightly different in that it is a volumizing filler used to plump up moderate to severe facial wrinkles and to restore lost volume, such as the nasolabial folds and the cheeks. However, it is so much more than just a volumizing filler.
Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers this filler works by stimulating your body to produce collagen. It is made of Calcium Hydroxyapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in an aqueous gel carrier. When injected, it immediately adds volume to deficient areas and contours facial features. Over time, the gel is fully absorbed and the body uses up the CaHA microspheres (which are a component of collagen), leaving behind your own natural collagen.
It was first FDA approved in 2006 for treating folds and wrinkles in the face and in 2015, it also received FDA approval for treating volume loss in the back of the hands. To date, it is the only dermal filler approved for this purpose.
This filler provides an immediate lift by restoring lost volume in the treated areas, such as the cheeks and temples. It corrects deep facial folds such as the nasolabial lines and results continue to improve over the next 3 months. The skin becomes smoother and firmer when the CaHA particles stimulate collagen in your skin with associated tightening to pull the skin upwards and improve facial contours.
Lastly, this filler can be hyper-diluted and used primarily as a skin rejuvenator –when the procedure is performed this way, the skin rejuvenating effects are even more pronounced and visible – suitable for annual rejuvenation of sundamaged, worn areas such as the face, neck, decolletage and hands.
Read here for a comparison of the two types of biostimulator fillers.
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Skin Essentials will reopen the week beginning 11th October 2021.
Per NSW government regulations, only double vaccinated patients will be served when we reopen and we will be checking vaccination certificates for all patients upon booking. This requirement may change as of December 1st, and we will advise you accordingly.
Please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or text us (0413174654) your vaccination certificate as soon after booking as you can. We will not be able to see anyone for treatments or confirm appointments without this.
In the interest of full disclosure, transparency and patient safety, all patient facing staff will be fully vaccinated by the time of reopening. Please read our reopening FAQ for more information.