Fillers in Toronto
What are Fillers?
Face fillers, or dermal fillers, are injections of a soft gel below the skin surface. Dr. Bray uses fillers made of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that is an essential part of your own body. He can use dermal fillers in different parts of a patient’s face, such as the cheeks, around the eyes, lips, mouth, and jawline.
Dr. Bray uses fillers to replenish lost volume to your face so that deep-set lines are smoothed. As we get older, our bodies stop creating elastin and collagen, which contribute to a youthful look by tightening the skin. Typically, we start losing collagen at 25, and elastin and collagen levels decline at a rate of about 2% per year.
What You Should Know about Fillers
How can dermal fillers enhance my skin?
Dermal fillers work by adding volume to soft tissue, and smoothing out wrinkles for a more youthful look. The most commonly sought reason for dermal fillers is to enhance the lips. Dr. Bray is able to plump the lips by increasing their volume, but also diminish their vertical lines. However, dermal fillers can be used for other areas in your face.
The lines around your mouth and chin, known as Marionette lines, can also be smoothed out. Other problem areas such as sunken cheeks and temples can be filled to improve the symmetry of a patient’s face. Dr. Bray always works to create a natural-looking, symmetrical shape by examining the face holistically.
What are the side effects of fillers?
Temporary side effects of facial fillers can include redness, swelling, and tenderness. It is normal to experience these symptoms after the procedure. Symptoms typically occur immediately after the needle injection, and include swelling, itching, redness, and tenderness at the injection location. These are usually resolved a few days after treatment. If your pain is unbearable, or the symptoms do not subside after a few days, please call Dr. Bray.
How much do fillers cost?
The price for fillers varies depending on the amount of product needed, and which product is used. Generally, patients need more than one syringe to achieve their desired results. Since counterfeit and diluted fillers exist, be careful who you choose to carry out this procedure with. For safety, quality, and longevity of the fillers, the profesional should be licensed, experienced, and only using high-grade fillers.
What happens during the consultation?
Dr. Bray is careful and intentional before any procedure. Before getting fillers, Dr. Bray will require a consultation first. Certain aspects may come into play when determining the volume, and what types of fillers you are looking for. Dr. Bray will assess your skin type, age, history of fillers, and ideal results to recommend a best fit for longevity, price, and appearance.
Preparing for Fillers
Medical conditions, such as heart disease, hypertension, thyroid problems, diabetes or the regular use of certain medications might affect your procedure. If any of this applies to you, please disclose all of these items in your medical questionnaire prior to your consultation with Dr. Bray.
In line with COVID-19 regulations, we have reassessed our cleaning and sterilization protocols. Upon arrival in our office we conduct symptom screenings with a questionnaire and check our patients’ temperature. We also require mask wearing for our staff and patients. COVID-19 testing before surgical procedures is mandatory in order to protect our staff. Please inform yourself regarding testing centers in your area and arrange for testing prior to your surgery.
We require a number of lab tests, diagnostic tests and medical evaluations leading up to your surgery. The nature of these tests will vary according to the procedure, your age, health, history, and other key health factors. Make sure to run all the necessary blood work and receive clearance before any surgical procedure. Necessary testing may change based on procedure, age, health, history and other factors.
Two weeks before surgery
It’s of utmost importance to follow all of your surgeon’s instructions regarding diet, supplements and medications. Stop drinking alcohol and smoking of any kind. Avoid exposure to sick people and quit taking blood thinning medications, such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen and a number of supplements. Post-surgery preparations should be made, such as arranging transportation, getting time off from work, stocking up on food and anything else you will need post-surgery and making sure someone will stay with you during the first two days after the procedure.
Day before surgery
Figure out what you are going to wear, follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding pre-surgery fasting and any other preparation measures. Go to bed early and get well rested before your big day. We also recommend getting your house in order and buying ice packs to help with swelling after the surgery.
Why Do People Get Fillers?
Most of the time, people decide to get fillers to improve their appearance without turning to cosmetic surgery. Fillers add volume and smooth out wrinkles, resulting in a more youthful look.
What to Expect After Getting Fillers
Bruising, swelling, and tenderness are common side effects with filler injections. Patients should expect these symptoms to subside within 3 days. However, by following Dr. Bray’s instructions, your healing time can be minimized and the results’ longevity improved. Following the procedure, Dr. Bray recommends remaining in an upright position for approximately 3-4 hours. Sleeping immediately afterwards can lead to unintentional rubbing or pressure on the treatment area.
It is also critical to avoid other treatments such as chemical peels or facials for at least 24 hours after the injection. The night of the procedure, sleep with your head elevated to lessen the swelling. For the remainder of the healing period, do not massage the treated areas, apply a cold compress for 5 – 10 minutes every hour, and limit exposure to heat and sun until the swelling subsides. If the pain is bothersome, use an over-the-counter medication such as Advil or Tylenol.
Complications From Fillers
Possible risks and complications from fillers include:
- Acne-like skin issues
- Bleeding from the injection site
- Excessive bruising
- Skin damage
- Hardened texture beneath the skin
RECOMMENDED SURGERIES WITH FILLERS
*INDIVIDUAL RESULTS MAY VARY
Schedule a private consultation with Dr. Bray by submitting the form below or calling his offices directly at 416-323-1330.