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 difficult 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 late 20s, the signs of aging start to become apparent on the skin surface. Fine lines and wrinkles appear around the eyes, and over time a loss of volume and density also become 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 the loss of volume.
Diminishing fat and slackened facial contours associated with loss of volume 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 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 where it is 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 allows 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. What it means is 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 are 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 packaging that can last between 1 and 4 years, doctors often offer only the 2-year option because there may be a risk of delayed adverse reaction to the synthetic material.
Ellanse is elastic and viscous in nature. This means that Ellanse is a very good choice to restore volume to deficient areas such as temples, cheeks, nose, chin, and jawline. These are areas that 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. Just like Ellanse, the gel carrier immediately adds volume to deficient areas and plump 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 therefore require different amount. 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 outcome and a peace of mind that the treatment will be administered in a safe manner 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 a good choice 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.