Treatment Explained

SFMedica offers a wide range of non-permanent fillers including the most popular Hyaluronic Acid and synthetic Calcium HydroxylApatite (CaHA) based fillers. Treatment is quick, safe and results can be seen straight away.

In most cases a topical application of a numbing cream is sufficient to make treatment comfortable. However if more sensitive areas (e.g. lips) need to be treated or individuals have a low pain threshold then a dental block or an anaesthetic injection can be used for a completely pain-free treatment. Nowadays most HA based fillers have integrated pain relief (i.e. lidocaine) for a more comfortable treatment experience.

The duration of effect varies among individuals depending on age, the treated area, the thickness (i.e. grade) of the product, the quantity of filler injected, the quality of the skin as well as general health and lifestyle. With the newer generation fillers such as Juvederm Ultra, however, the beneficial effects can be expected to last up to one year, or even longer, up to 18 months, in the case of volumising fillers such as Juvederm VOLUMA or Restylane SubQ.

SFMedica doctors use stabilised HA-based aesthetic products of non-animal origin manufactured by the leading companies such as:

  • Restylane - First soft tissue filler to be granted FDA approval

We also prefer monophasic (e.g. Belotero) to bi-phasic fillers. Bi-phasic fillers consist of HA particles suspended in HA fluid. Their particles are of various sizes and shapes. However particles may be too large to enter the required dermal space. In this case the HA fluid fills the space instead, but quickly breaks down leaving an unsupported region of soft tissue and a deposit of particles within the skin making it look and feel lumpy.

Dr S. Foutsizoglou also uses Radiesse™ which is a unique dermal filler that stimulates collagen formation. It is made from synthetic calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres (30%) suspended in a water based gel carrier (70%). The tiny spheres are composed of calcium and phosphate ions that also occur naturally in human tissue. The gel carrier provides the initial correction and then macrophages dissolve gel carrier and fibroblasts form new collagen providing natural long-lasting results.

Radiesse™ is 100% biocompatible and is FDA approved for the correction of moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles and for restoration of the signs of facial fat loss (lipoatrophy) in HIV patients. In Europe, Radiesse™ is CE-marked for plastic and reconstructive surgery, including soft tissue augmentation and nasal correction.

Radiesse™ can also be used for hand rejuvenation.

Our primary goal is to restore the balanced fullness of the youthful face, with the first step being the selection of the right product for the area and problem to be treated. Prior to your treatment a thorough consultation will be carried out and a medical questionnaire will need to be filled in to identify any potential contra-indications such as hypertrophic scarring or known hypersensitivities. Our experienced doctors will guide you in the choice of the right filler depending on the indication, and your needs and expectations.

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