Hyaluronic acid injections – Cannes & Nice | Dr. Victor Médard de Chardon
Dr. Victor Médard de Chardon, qualified in injection and filler techniques (Paris V University) and a member of the QMed–Galderma Expert Group, uses injectable products which have been scientifically evaluated, and the efficacy and innocuity of which has been proven. This products are specifically: Restylane™/Perlane™ from laboratoire Q-Med™, Emervel™ from laboratoire Galderma™ and Juvederm™/Volbella™ from laboratoire Allergan™.
What are the objectives of a hyaluronic acid injection?
Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the skin. It concerns a molecule which attracts and retains water. An injection of hyaluronic acid increases the skin's hydration levels as well as the volume of the injected area.
Injectable hyaluronic acid can be injected, that is to say, to remodel certain parts of the face (injection of the lips, injection of the cheeks…), or to fill wrinkles, folds and other depressions in the face (injection of the under-eye area, lines, etc.) see photo on the right), or to hydrate the skin.
Is hyaluronic acid resorbable?
Hyaluronic acid is a biodegradable product, which explains its excellent tolerability. The durability of the result of hyaluronic acid injections is variable depending on the reticulation of the hyaluronic acid, the lifestyle of patients, skin type, age and the injection technique used.
From what age can an injection of hyaluronic acid be performed?
An injection of hyaluronic acid can be performed at any age:
- With the aim of facial rejuvenation: from 30-35 years old
- With the aim of enhancing facial features: hyaluronic acid injections can be performed earlier, when the issues are constitutional, i.e. not related to age (injection to enhance thin lips, injection of cheeks which are underdeveloped, etc.)
DETAILS OF AN INJECTION SESSION
The injections take place at the surgeon's office : Eden Palace, 145 rue d’Antibes 06400 Cannes
Anaesthesia: Contact anaesthesia (Emla) or local anaesthesia)
Technique for injecting hyaluronic acid: injection using a cannula or needle
Duration of an injection session: 10 to 45 minutes
INJECTING HYALURONIC ACID WITH A CANNULA VS A NEEDLE
Flexible cannulas (Softfil™ or Magic Needle™) do not cut the skin or underlying tissue. The needle tip is blunt and does not cause any trauma to the tissues. These cannulas are supple and flexible unlike sharp needle tips which are rigid and cause more trauma.
The advantages of an injection of hyaluronic acid employing a cannula (Softfil™ or Magic Needle™) are:
- A single injection site
- Less ecchymosis (bruising)
- Less pain
WRINKLES ON THE FOREHEAD filling wrinkles using hyaluronic acid is usually envisaged when a wrinkle persists following an injection of botox.
EYEBROW TIP: an injection of hyaluronic acid at the end of the tip of the eyebrow gives a slight lifting effect to the tip of the eyebrow.
TEMPLES: the temples become thinner and more hollow with age. An injection of hyaluronic acid gives a facial rejuvenation effect by restoring volume to the temples.
CHEEKS: the lateral malar unit of the cheek can be insufficient due to constitutional or age-related issues. A moderate injection of hyaluronic acid in the cheeks enables them to be redefined naturally.
DARK CIRLCES: dark circles give the face a tired look. Dark circles partly are party caused by a depression between the lower eye lid and the cheekbone and partly due to darker pigmentation. Treating dark circles with hyaluronic acid creates a less tired look due to filling the depression but does not usually act on residual pigmentation. Further information: injection of dark circles.
JUGOMALAR FOLD: with age, a fold starts to appear and begins to divide the malar region and the cheek (mediojugal fold). An injection of hyaluronic acid fills this fold and creates a rejuvenating effect on the face.
NASOLABIAL FOLD: with age the nasolabial fold starts to appear. This issue is accentuated by the weakening of the cheek over the nasolabial fold. An injection of hyaluronic acid enables the nasolabial fold to be filled. This can also be combined with a moderate injection of filler in the cheeks to give them a natural-looking lift and to further reduce the nasolabial fold. Photo showing example of result: photo before/after hyaluronic acid injection cannes nasolabial folds
JUGAL WRINKLES: wrinkles in the cheeks and at the corners of the mouth can be filled with hyaluronic acid injections.
MARIONETTE LINES: marionette lines are also known as puppet lines. These wrinkles are treated with filler injections.
OVAL OF THE FACE AND JOWLS: when facial ageing is in its early stages, the oval of the face and jowls can be treated with fillers (hyaluronic acid or radiesse). These injections enable the contours of the face to be harmonised and for a non-surgical mini face lift to be performed without scarring. At a more advanced stage of ageing, a face lift and neck lift is necessary.
LION WRINKLES: filling lion wrinkles (wrinkles of the glabella) using hyaluronic acid is usually envisaged when a wrinkle persists following an injection of botox.
NOSE: imbalances in the aesthetics of the nose can be improved by using filler injections (hyaluronic acid or radiesse). These injections represent a non-surgical medical rhinoplasty (correction of skin depressions, reduction of a slight bump on the ridge of the nose, correction of slight asymmetry or moderate augmentation of the projection of the nose). However, a rhinoplasty is usually surgical. Further information: rhinoplasty
LIPS: a moderate injection of hyaluronic acid in the lips enables the lips to be enhanced in a natural-looking manner, to redefine the contours or improve wrinkles. Photo showing example of result: photo before/after hyaluronic acid injection lips cannes
CHIN: an injection of hyaluronic acid in the chin improves the look of a receding chin or to fill a wrinkle between the chin and the lower lip. Photo showing example of result: hyaluronic acid injections in Cannes.
EYELIDS AND EYE AREA: with age or due to a constitutional issue, the upper eye lid can become hollow (giving the look of "sunken eyes"). Treatment for this issue is certainly not surgery of the upper eyelids using a blepharoplasty, which would exacerbate the appearance of sunken eyes. Rejuvenation of the eye area is obtained using an injection of filler (hyaluronic acid or lipostructure) on the upper eyelid and the inferior edge of the superior orbital rim.
- FOREHEAD WRINKLES
- TAIL OF THE EYEBROW
- DARK CIRCULES
- JUGULAR-MALAR GROOVE
- NASOLABIAL FOLD
- JUGAL WRINKLES
- MARIONETTE LINES
- FACIAL OVAL AND JOWLS
- FROWN LINES
- EYELIDS AND GAZE
and redness for some hours
Check-up at 15 days
RESULTS AND MAINTENANCE OF AN INJECTION
Result from a hyaluronic acid injection: the result is immediate. This is slightly over-corrected due to mild oedema which disappears in 48 hours.Maintenance of the result: the hyaluronic acid injections are performed once a year.
Photo showing an example of the result : photo before after hyaluronic acid injection
RESULT OPTIMISATIONWith the aim of harmonious rejuvenation of the face, the hyaluronic injections may be combined with other techniques for treating wrinkles or restoring volume:
• Facial rejuvenation surgery: face lifts, eyelid surgery, lipostructure (injection of fat)
• Facial rejuvenation without surgery: Botox injections, peels or laser for the treatment of fine facial wrinkles, KTP laser KTP for the treatment of rosacea