Dr. Linda Ptito has been aware of the benefits of dermal wrinkle fillers for decades. She was one of the first to administer collagen injections in Montreal in the 1980′s. Now, the latest generation of dermal fillers – such as JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® – have replaced collagen treatments at her Montreal practice for results that are more consistent and longer lasting.
Like neuromodulators (such as Botox or Dysport), fillers reduce or eliminate wrinkles for several months. Instead of relaxing the muscles of the face, fillers are substances that are injected in specific areas in order to lessen the appearance of the winkles or folds or to make them disappear.
We use dermal fillers (such as Juvederm or Restylane) among other fillers at our Montreal practice to restore lost volume to the lips and cheeks, fill in tear troughs, smooth frown lines and crow’s feet, and improve the appearance of folds around the nose and mouth. Both of these fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, a substance produced naturally in the body that plays a vital role in hydrating the skin and restoring its natural volume. As we age, skin loses hyaluronic acid, which results in wrinkles. The injection of these products in the skin temporarily replaces the hyaluronic acid and plumps the skin, keeping it firm and elastic. Since these products are not animal-derived, there is no allergy pre-test required.
More and more fillers now contain lidocaine, a light anesthetic that numbs the treated area. The doctor injects the product into the skin using a very fine needle to fill the wrinkle, crease or fold. It may be that a single injection is not sufficient if the wrinkle is very deep. In this case, we can make a second injection later. Injections of neuromodulators may be combined for people who want to correct expression lines and other types of wrinkles.
Side effects of dermal fillers are temporary and usually minor: mild redness, itching, bruising, swelling, small bumps and pain. These effects resolve within days after injection. In rare cases, side effects may persist a little longer or other complications may arise and must be treated. Dr. Ptito can discuss possible side effects with you in greater detail during the consultation.