Dermal filler ranks as one of the most popular non-surgical anti-aging treatments in Singapore. Gone are the days where a surgical face lift was the only way to maintain a youthful appearance.
With better non-surgical technologies and techniques, aesthetic doctors are able to turn back the clock and use a variety of dermal fillers to erase all aging signs from your face. Dermal filler treatments are so widely available in Singapore that it has become challenging to guess somebody’s age just by looking at the face.
What does aging do to you?
Aging occurs in all layers of the skin. When you hit your late 20s, the signs of aging will start to become apparent on the skin surface. Fine lines and wrinkles may appear around the eyes. Over time, a loss of volume and density also becomes visible on the mid and lower parts of the face.
If left untreated, the signs of aging become more prominent in the forehead, cheeks, temples, mid-face, and nasolabial folds with volume loss.
Diminishing fat and slackened facial contours associated with volume loss often give the face an overall sad, depressed look. Not altering the aging facial features may result in incorrect perceptions of a person’s mood.
Let’s review some dermal fillers that aesthetic doctors in Singapore use to treat aging skin, so that you know which dermal filler is suitable for you and make an informed choice during the consultation with your doctor.
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers are the most commonly used fillers by doctors in Singapore.
HA is a naturally-occurring compound found in our body. It is largely present in our skin and joints. HA injections are injected into the joints to provide lubrication after the wear and tear of the joints.
HA injections for the face are primarily done to absorb and retain water molecules to hydrate the skin and different parts of the face lacking in volume. To make HA dermal fillers last longer, researchers have added crosslinks to the HA molecules so that it has a thicker consistency. The crosslinked molecules allow the doctors to achieve a longer-lasting effect after strategically injecting the gel-like substance in the face.
HA dermal fillers often last between 9 and 18 months depending on the type of crosslinking structures they have. Although the treatment may cause some bruising and swelling immediately after, these side effects should subside after 1-2 days.
One point to note is that HA dermal fillers are reversible. This means that if the dermal filler treatment is done badly, it can be dissolved with hyaluronidase.
Common brands of HA dermal fillers that doctors in Singapore use are Beloterol, Restylane, Teosyal, and Juvederm.
Collagen-Stimulating Dermal Fillers
Ellanse is an innovative dermal filler treatment that significantly extends the longevity of the treatment outcome. Ellanse fillers are made of a biodegradable synthetic material called polycaprolactone (PCL), which is suspended in a gel carrier.
After injecting Ellanse into the desired area, the gel carrier immediately boosts deficient areas of the face, restoring the firmness and volume of the skin. At the same time, the PCL in Ellanse stimulates the body to form new collagen. When the gel carrier finally gets reabsorbed by the body, the PCL molecules form a structure to sustain the shape of the face.
Although Ellanse comes in 4 different packagings that can last between 1 and 4 years, doctors often offer only the 2-year option to reduce the risk of delayed adverse reaction to the synthetic material.
Ellanse is elastic and viscous in nature, making it an excellent choice for restoring volume to deficient areas such as temples, cheeks, nose, chin, and jawline. These areas require a more viscous filler to provide a defined structure for the contours.
On the other hand, Radiesse is made of Calcium Hydroxyapatite (CaHA) suspended in an aqueous gel carrier. Like Ellanse, the gel carrier immediately adds volume to deficient areas and plumps up the skin. At the same time, CaHA stimulates the body to produce its own collagen to correct any facial deficiency and extend the longevity of the result.
One interesting unknown fact is that Radiesse is the first and only dermal filler approved by the FDA for hand augmentation to improve the bony appearance in the back of the hands.
How much should a dermal filler treatment cost?
Doctors should never attempt to sell you by syringes because everyone is different and requires different amounts. The cost price of one syringe of HA dermal filler can cost between $250 and $400. If the doctor quotes you about the price, you can be certain that something is amiss. The doctor could be using an unapproved cheap dermal filler or he could be inexperienced.
A reputable medical aesthetic clinic typically charges between S$900 and S$3,000 for a dermal filler treatment. The wide range is attributed to the complexity of the treatment and the amount of dermal fillers used.
The premium you pay for a dermal filler treatment is for the doctor’s rich experience in providing excellent outcomes and peace of mind that the treatment will be administered safely without any adverse side effects.
Each product has its own suitability and safety profile. Every doctor also has their own preferred choice of dermal filler because they are more familiar with administering it and controlling its behavior when injected into the face.
It is best to choose a doctor who is familiar with as many brands of dermal fillers so that he will be able to offer you a wider range of fillers and administer them with great finesse.
Sculptra: Collagen Dermal Filler Treatment in Singapore
What is Sculptra Dermal Filler?
Sculptra is an injectable poly-L-lactic acid treatment that works with your body to revitalise collagen production and establish a scaffold under the skin to add volume and augment facial features. Simply put, dermal fillers restore volume to the face to achieve a volumising and smoothing effect.
Why is collagen so important?
Collagen is a protein found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, joints, and tendons. It is a naturally occurring substance that gives our skin strength and elasticity, along with the capability to regenerate and replace skin cells.
As we age, our body’s collagen production slows down and we lose facial volume. This causes undesirable signs of ageing such as wrinkles (also known as marionette lines) and sagging skin.
How is Sculptra dermal filler treatment different from other forms of collagen replacement?
Most collagen replacements such as collagen creams or supplements are likely to be ineffective because collagen molecules are too large to penetrate into the skin. Hence, they often do not work effectively or bring about any long-lasting improvement.
Additionally, results from collagen dietary supplements have so far been inconclusive. This is because collagen is a protein that, when ingested, is broken down by the digestive system.
Sculptra dermal fillers are collagen-stimulating fillers that are injected into the skin. This process allows the micro-particles to be absorbed by the body to kickstart the collagen production for facial contouring.
Over the next 6 to 8 weeks after the filler treatment, new collagen strands help to restore facial volume, giving you a fuller, plumper face, with less visible wrinkles and folds, and a more youthful appearance.
How is Sculptra dermal filler administered?
The treatment is done by having the dermal filler injected deep into the dermis, where strands of collagen support your skin structure.
Most aesthetic doctors advise undergoing 3 sessions of Sculptra dermal filler over a period of a few months. The amount of dermal filler may vary from person to person, depending on how much collagen was lost.
Benefits of Sculptra dermal filler treatment
- Achieve better facial skin tone and texture
- Replace volume loss and collagen safely and effectively
- Reduce deep wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes, cheeks, mouth, lips, and neck
- Reduce saggy skin
- Results can last for about two years
Side effects of Sculptra derma filler treatment
Some common reported side effects of dermal filler treatments are:
- Post-treatment skin redness
- Bruising and/or swelling
- Soreness and inflammation at the site of injection points
Sculptra dermal fillers cost in Singapore
The cost of Sculptra dermal filler starts from S$1,800. As each treatment is customised, you need to have a face-to-face discussion with your doctor at the aesthetic clinic to have a more accurate quotation of your Sculptra treatment so as not to inject too little or too much dermal fillers.
- Achieve better skin tone and texture
- Replace lost volume and collagen safely and effectively
- Reduce deep wrinkles and lines and wrinkles around the eyes, cheeks, mouth, lips, and neck
- Long-lasting filler treatment of up to two years
People with severe loss of volume and fatty deposits in the face. This treatment will also improve the overall appearance of people with deep lines and wrinkles.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sculptra Dermal Filler In Singapore
Is there any downtime involved in Sculptra dermal filler treatment?
There is minimal downtime. You can expect some bruising and swelling immediately for a few hours after the treatment. You should be able to resume your daily activities after the treatment with minimal side effects.
Am I a suitable candidate for Sculptra dermal filler treatments in Singapore?
People with severe facial volume loss or those with fine lines and wrinkles are suitable for dermal fillers.
How long will the Sculptra dermal filler procedure take in Singapore?
Excluding the time taken to prepare and apply numbing cream to your face, the procedure alone should take about 30 minutes to complete.
How many Sculptra dermal filler sessions do I need?
The number of sessions required varies from patient to patient.
Very often, one treatment should be sufficient to see good results. However, your doctor may take a more conservative approach and progressively add on Sculptra dermal fillers over a period of a few months so that it gives you better, more natural results.
Is it safe to undergo Sculptra dermal filler treatment?
It is an FDA-approved treatment in the U.S. and it has been used worldwide since 1999. Just like any other medical aesthetics treatment, it is best to seek advice from a doctor before you start the treatment.
What should I do after Sculptra dermal filler injections?
To ensure optimal results, we recommend:
- Avoiding consuming blood thinners like alcohol, fish oil, vitamins and certain medications
- Applying ice packs to the treated area to calm and soothe the skin
- Avoiding sun exposure
- Giving your face a light massage to evenly distribute the dermal fillers for more natural-looking results