What is it and how does it help?
Dermal filler injections no longer use animal collagen, but safer, longer-lasting materials such as Calcium Hydroxylapatite that do not require prior testing for allergy. CHA dermal filler is a thicker gel and lasts longer, and may be preferred for larger areas such as plumping up sunken cheeks and treating deeper furrows and lines. CHA dermal fillers are generally best for the mid to lower face except the lip.
How does it work?
The procedure involves multiple fine injections to the treatment area. Anaesthetic may be required depending on the region. A cream anaesthetic applied 15–30 minutes beforehand may be helpful. Many patients find the application of ice alone sufficiently numbing to reduce the injection discomfort to a manageable level. At the completion of the treatment, the doctor/ nurse may need to massage the treated area to help mould the dermal filler into place.
What is the difference between CHA fillers and other fillers?
CHA dermal filler is a thicker gel and lasts longer, and may be preferred for larger areas such as plumping up sunken cheeks and treating deeper furrows and lines. The other dermal fillers do not last as long but are available in varying degrees of consistency, making them more versatile. Thicker dermal fillers can be used for deeper lines such as the cheek furrows, while thinner dermal fillers can be used on finer lines such as the crows feet around the eyes and smokers lines on the upper lip. Other dermal fillers are preferred for lip enhancement and shaping. CHA dermal fillers are generally best for the mid to lower face except the lip.
What can CHA fillers do for me?
Deep lines & furrows
- Nasolabial furrows (side of nose to corner of mouth)
- Marionette lines (corner of mouth to jaw)
- Elevate down-turning of mouth corners
Loss of skin volume
- Hollow or sunken cheeks through weight loss, illness or disease
- HIV & other disease related wasting of the face
- Back of hands
Other shaping procedures
- Cheek bones
- Jaw Line
- Contour correction of defects (acne, trauma, surgical)
Are CHA fillers suitable for everyone?
We do not treat:
- Pregnant or breast-feeding women
- Children under the age of 18 without parental consent
- Any area where current significant skin disease or infections such as cold sores at the site of treatment
- Individuals with a history of collagen/ scarring/ connective tissue disorders
- Any emotional, mental or medical condition that may impair judgement
- Anyone with a history of significant adverse reactions to filler injections
- Proven allergy to the constituents of the CHA filler
- Patients preferring a shorter-lasting filler may be better of with alternative fillers such as the hyaluronan filler