Whether you’ve always been dissatisfied with a facial feature, bothered by lack of symmetry, or started to notice ageing changes, there are several approaches to augmenting, reconstructing or rejuvenating the face.
Dermal fillers are one of the most popular procedures worldwide for addressing ageing changes in the face, particularly for filling lines or addressing loss of facial volume. The gold standard hyaluronic acid dermal filler brands are available in different consistencies, so can be used to fill the very fine lines around the mouth and enhance the lips, as well as adding more volume to the chin, cheeks or temples or fill a skin defect.
Dermal filler products can also stimulate collagen and elastin production so there is a gradual improvement in skin quality as well as immediate volumisation.
Longevity of results depends on the product used, where it is placed and the individual patient’s response, but you can expect hyaluronic acid dermal fillers to last between six and 12 months.
Facial fat grafting
Restoring or adding fullness to the face with your own fat has several advantages over facial fillers. If significant volume is needed at the temples, cheeks, jawline or chin, facial fat grafting is usually a better choice. Fat that is successfully grafted to the new area will last much longer than dermal fillers in terms of maintaining fullness.
During the facial fat transfer procedure, Mr Juling Ong will remove small amounts of fat, typically from the abdomen, flanks, or thighs. The fat is then purified, before it is injected into the area of the face that requires filling. Small droplets of the fat are injected to produce a smoother appearance and ensure that the fat is successfully grafted.
Another advantage of facial fat grafting over implants or fillers is that there is no chance of an allergic reaction or rejection.
Facial implants are a permanent solution to loss of volume. Results are immediate and can be subtle or dramatic depending on the shape, size and projection used.
The advantage of facial implants over dermal fillers is that results are long-lasting, whereas temporary dermal fillers may need top-up treatments once or even twice a year. There is a small risk of infection immediately after the procedure, but this can be managed with antibiotics. Once in situ, the implant is usually well-tolerated by the body and result will be long-lasting.
Unlike fillers and fat transfer, facial implants enhance the bony structure of the face rather than replacing or augmentation the soft tissues. If the concern is asymmetry, an ill-defined facial feature or deformity due to trauma or congenital conditions, then facial implants may be a more appropriate solution.
During your consultation, Mr Juling Ong will be able to advise you on which treatment option is the most appropriate for you and explain all potential risks as well as the benefits.