Creating a foundation with dermal filler: best technique to treat a saggy face
Our understanding of dermal filler has come a long way. Since hyaluronic acid injectables were first introduced in the 1990’s, the way we treat aging skin has evolved. One important lesson we learned, as an industry overall, was that simply chasing volume loss with filler didn’t always produce the most natural looking results.
After years of trial and error we realized a few things. One, in order to help patient look younger we must take into account how the face ages. Specifically we need to address the changes that occur in the soft tissue, fat and bone. Two, in order to create a pleasing result, we must target these different anatomical levels using specialized fillers of various density and molecular composition.
MD Codes™: A New System for Creating Consistent Results
As with any new medical procedure there’s always a learning curve. Dermal filler was no exception. After patients ended up looking “puffy” instead of younger, it became clear that there was a right and wrong way of doing filler. Particularly, there was a need for a universally accepted technique for injecting filler with the goal of restoring a more youthful appearance to the aging face.
Enter the MD Codes™ system. Developed by a Brazilian Plastic Surgeon, this technique improves clinician success rates by reducing variability from one injector to the next. By targeting specific medical points on the face – hence MD Codes – volume loss and sagging skin can be lifted and facial features enhanced in a more predictable manner.
How Dermal Filler Can Help you Look Younger
Using MD Codes, an experienced injector can lift sagging facial features, while improving volume and rejuvenation in the following key structural areas: cheeks, jawline, temples and others.
Furthermore, your doctor may use a combination of traditional needles or cannulas to achieve the desired results. A cannula is a blunt-tip needle that delivers the hyaluronic acid with less bruising and swelling. The MD Codes technique uses both types of needles to achieve balance and harmony in facial structures.
The following concerns can be treated non-surgically with dermal filler:
- Volume loss in cheeks and cheekbones
- Nasolabial folds, also known as laugh lines
- Tear troughs (under-eye area)
- Marionette lines (creases that run down the corners of the mouth)
- Thin or or aging lips, as well as upper lip lines (smoker’s lines)
- Hollowed out temples
- Along the jawline
MD Codes™ Goes One Step Further
Another important lesson we learned as injectors is that simply treating the above concerns with filler didn’t always make patients happy after the treatment. That’s because simply smoothing out unwanted lines, folds and creases didn’t fix the problem. Dissatisfaction post treatment was high becasue patients were expecting to look more youthful, not merely to eliminate isolated flaws.
The MD Codes system is so popular with injectors and patients alike because it takes on a more holistic approach. The fundamental premise of the treatment is to reverse the emotional attributes of aging, such as looking tired, sad or angry. At the same time, the goal is to have patients leave the clinic looking and feeling more happy and relaxed, in addition to less saggy and deflated.
Give us a call at 613-342-0220 to find out more about the MD Codes, dermal fillers and any special offers here at BrockvilleMediSpa. We invite you to book a personalized consultation with Dr. Steyn or Nurse Vicki. Look better without looking different!