Fillers

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FACIAL FILLERS

Facial fillers are gels made of hyaluronic acid. Unlike neuromodulators, they do not have a physiological effect on muscles and wrinkles, but instead are used to add volume to areas of deflation or hollowing and to provide a lifting force to soften lines in the face. 

Our Kitchener facial fillers are temporary solutions to aesthetic concerns and provide camouflage, volume and projection. Dr. Brace never uses permanent fillers as they are associated with permanent complications and problems. 

There are many different filler brands and products within each brand. Fillers differ in how stiff the gel is, how much water they absorb, how much lift they provide, and how much inflammation they cause. All hyaluronic acid fillers are dissolvable, but this may be difficult and require multiple sessions.

FILLER BY DR. BRACE

When selecting a cosmetic filler injector, it is important to ensure that they have meticulous training, extensive experience and the proper safety measures in house and in place should a complication occur. 

Dr. Brace specializes in surgery of the face. Through vast experience with cosmetic surgery, as well as cancer and trauma surgery, Dr. Brace’s intimate knowledge of facial anatomy and filler expertise is rivaled by few colleagues who share his training and similar experiences. Dr. Brace spent a dedicated year of training at the Ohio State University learning the art of facial fillers as part of his facial plastic surgery fellowship. With hundreds of cases of facial filler and thousands of syringes of experience, he brings unrivaled expertise to Guelph and the surrounding communities. 

The art of facial filling requires an artistic eye, an intimate knowledge of the facial anatomy, and detailed understanding of the products being used. Proper product selection and placement is key for natural, safe, and beautiful results. Unnatural results occur when too much filler is used in an attempt to correct a facial feature better treated by laser or surgical modalities. 

Who is a candidate for facial filler treatment?

Filler is used to camouflage or augment areas of the face where volume has been lost, is genetically absent or where deep lines have developed. Filler is safe in men and women and all skin types. There are no contraindications to filler treatment aside from allergy to the filler or lidocaine mixed with these gels.

The following are common treatment areas for filler:

  • Deep lines between the eyes that do not resolve with Botox or Dysport
  • Hollowed temples to reduce sunken appearance
  • Hollowed and skeletal appearing upper eyelids to frame eye
  • The tail of the eyebrow to create a lifted brow
  • Cheeks and cheek bones to frame eyes and lift jowls and nasolabial folds
  • Tear troughs and lower eyelid hollows to minimize shadows and darkness
  • Nasal bridge to camouflage a bump or create a straighter looking nose
  • Nasal tip to create more nasal projection
  • Base of the nose to create the illusion of nasal rotation
  • Nasolabial folds to reduce depth and create smooth transition to cheeks
  • Upper lip skin to reduce deep lines
  • Lips to increase height or size, to reduce wrinkles, to accentuate borders, to create stylized ‘keyhole’ lip appearance
  • Marionette lines
  • The corners of the mouth to provide support and lift from a downturned position
  • Chin to increase projection and improve neck
  • Jawline to enhance definition and sharpness
  • Prejowl grooves
  • Deep acne scars to reduce shadowing
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PROCEDURE

After consultation, a discussion of aesthetic goals, limitations of treatment, amount of product required and any pertinent risks; if you are a good candidate for filler, Dr. Brace will take baseline photographs to document your facial appearance. He will then have you sit in a semi-upright position and will cleanse your skin with antimicrobial wash. The target treatment areas will then be marked. Ice is usually applied pre-treatment. In some cases topical lidocaine numbing cream is also used but is not always necessary.

Dr. Brace will select the appropriate products to give you the best filler result possible. These are injected with a tiny needle in some areas, and with a cannula in others. Some products are placed deeply on bone; others are placed just below the skin surface. Dr. Brace will explain the procedure as it is happening and prepare you before any needle insertions.

Once the injections are complete, Dr. Brace will massage the product as required and provide gentle pressure on any areas of pin-point bleeding. Ice will be provided. In many cases an immediate post-procedure photograph will be taken and compared to the before photograph. 

Bruising is uncommon but tends to be a higher risk when treating lower eyelids, lips, and nasolabial folds. You will be able to drive and carry on with your day in most cases. If a bruise does occur, Dr. Brace will offer pulse dye laser treatments to accelerate the resolution of the bruise. The laser treatment is usually done 2-3 days after the injection.

It is not uncommon for swelling to appear around the area of injection for the first 2-3 weeks. Gentle massage and ice is all that is required in these cases. Lips, and lower eyelids are at greatest risk for swelling.

At the 2-week mark, Dr. Brace’s office will contact you to ensure that you are happy with the results. If there is any left-over product from the treatment Dr. Brace will see you back to augment other areas as desired or to touch up any minor asymmetries. If you wish to learn more, contact us today and schedule a consultation to receive some of the best results after facial fillers Kitchener has to offer.

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690 Woolwich St. #2
Guelph, Ontario, N1H 3Z1

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients,

All in-office treatments, procedures, and appointments have resumed. At Guelph Facial Plastics we are committed to protecting the safety of our patients, staff, and the general public while maintaining our high standard of quality care. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the following changes to our patient care practices in accordance with all provincial and Public Health recommendations:

  • We will be pre-screening all patients that are scheduled to come into our office. We will ask patients to stay home with symptoms of COVID-19, chronic lung disease, severe asthma, serious heart conditions, and uncontrolled type 1 diabetes.
  • The timing of patient visits has been adjusted in order to limit the number of people in the office at a given time and to allow for enhanced disinfecting and cleaning protocols we have put in place in between patients. We have also enhanced the air filtration quality in our space to provide patients with surgically clean air.
  • You must call from your vehicle upon arrival before entering the clinic. We request that patients come on their own to all appointments unless absolutely necessary. For your safety, all of our staff will be wearing masks when interacting with patients in the office and routine hand-washing is required.
  • We request that you wear a mask. Hand sanitation stations will be available upon entering and throughout the office.
  • We are pleased to continue to offer virtual visits as an option for non-urgent appointments.
  • Cosmetic surgery has not resumed at Guelph General Hospital, however, we are pleased to offer our patients the option of undergoing surgery at a Clinic 360 - a fully-equipped private surgical center.

We look forward to continuing to help our patients look and feel their best! We encourage you to reach out to our office now to schedule your appointment.

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