Overview (Dermal Fillers):
Dermal Fillers are a common treatment for wrinkles and for enhancing the shape of lips and cheeks. Charles Nduka only uses temporary fillers made of substances found naturally in our skins- principally Hyaluronic Acid. This substance holds water within the skin and is synthesised in a laboratory to ensure reliable results. Different types are available,supplied in pre-filled syringes, (e.g. Juvaderm, Juvaderm Ultra, Volbella, Volift, Restylane).
Fillers add volume to your skin without affecting your natural expression. It is non-permanent and is absorbed naturally over time – it’s your choice when to have further treatment to maintain the effect. Combination of fillers with muscle-relaxing injections can further enhance the final result
In addition to being a method to reduce wrinkles, Charles Nduka uses hyaluronic acid fillers to smooth and soften out wrinkles, crows feet, laughter lines, some types of sunken scars, cheeks and lips.
Mr Nduka favours using temporary fillers as he feels that permanent fillers can leave the face looking unnatural in the future – lips of a 30 year-old will not be appropriate at 60. A more natural alternative is fat transfer for deeper folds and wrinkles.
Mr Nduka teaches other surgeons how to perform cosmetic injections at his popular course, Expert Cosmetic Training and occasionally invites patients to be models on the course.
How does the treatment work?
A single treatment usually takes around 15-30 minutes. The injections are made using a pre-filled syringe equipped with a very fine needle. A local anaesthetic may also be used to eliminate discomfort around sensitive areas. The clear hyaluronic acid gel is deposited in specific layers of the skin (the dermis) to create fullness and to replace what age and the environment have taken away.
How long does the treatment last for?
This depends upon the degree of correction required, local muscle activity, your age and lifestyle as well as on the injection technique . Clinical trials indicate that Juvederm Ultra ® and Restylane ® are effective for four to six months. The fact that the effect is not permanent is a great advantage. It allows a natural-looking result to be maintained whilst your face ages over time.