Stacey, our Appearance Medicine nurse, is the specialist for dermal filler.
There are a variety of Dermal Fillers on the market today. These range from those lasting 6-9 months to some that last up to a year, to others that last up to 2 years and then permanent fillers.
At Dr Greg Taylor's we avoid injecting any filler that lasts any longer than up to 2 years. The common mantra in the Appearance Medicine world is: Permanent fillers, Permanent problems. We don't want anyone to have any permanent problems. If you would like to discuss a permanent solution to your dermal filler issues Stacey works closely with Dr Greg Taylor and we can discuss surgeries with you, or other potential long lasting options.
Stacey likes the Swiss brands of fillers that feel softer and more natural in your face than some others. She injects hyaluronic acid filler of the Anteis brand, and also Radiesse filler, which contains tiny Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in an aqueous gel carrier.
I like hyaluronic acid fillers because if there is anything you don't like, which is extremely rare, we can hyalase the filler out. Which means we inject something that dissolves the filler easily. Although there is a fee for this. Also they have a beautiful softness to them which feels totally natural in your skin. Hyaluronic acids are naturally occurring in the body so your body naturally breaks them down over time. Also hyaluronic acid assists in skin hydration by attracting and holding water and also combines collagen and elastin to provide skin structure and elasticity.
It's the presence of collagen, hyaluronic acid and fat under the skin that gives the face youthful contours and volume. One of the main changes to occur over time is the loss of this volume. Our cheeks, for example, are at their most voluminous and smooth when we are babies. A young looking face can be compared to an egg with the narrower part of the egg facing downwards. When we are young we have a fine defined jaw line with smooth contours, and our cheeks and upper face are full of volume. The overall shape and contour of the face however changes with age. As we get older the egg can start to turn upside down. This is because, over time we gradually lose facial volume and, as our skin becomes thinner, the effects of gravity can become apparent.
This is also known as the triangle of beauty, when you are in your youth, the broad part of the triangle is across the forehead and the shadows of the face go upwards....as we age it turns upside down and the weight of our face is at the bottom. If your injector has a good aesthetic eye, they can turn your triangle back the right way up and make you look many years younger and give you a more youthful beautiful you. At this surgery Stacey works closely with Dr Taylor to enhance his work with facelifts to fill out the cheeks complementing the lift that he gives you with surgery. If you want a long lasting effect fillers are best alongside a lift with facelift surgery. Stacey topped her school in art studying the face. She also worked with dermatologists when she was a ward nurse so she has had a large amount of experience with skin and facial structure. She is very interested in PHI which has to do with perfect proportions for beauty.
Consultations for dermal fillers are free with Stacey, where she can discuss your treatment and what is best to specifically improve your facial orientation.
Hyaluronic Acids - Anteis, Teosyal, Juvederm
The most commonly used cosmetic fillers available in the appearance medicine industry are based on Hyaluronic Acid (HA). HA is a natural forming sugar molecule, found in the eyes, joints and skin. So that HA can be used for cosmetic injections, raw HA is cross-linked and manufactured into an injectable gel. This is either a 3 step or more technically challenging 5 step process. It is generally agreed as the safest and most predictable of all the dermal fillers and requires no pre-testing (as required in the days of collagen therapy). Its increased longevity and safety profile has reduced the use of collagen to almost nil.