Use of Cosmetic Fillers and Other Ways to Decrease Signs of Aging and Boost Your Confidence

As of today there are more Canadians over the age of 65 than Canadians under the age of 15. Thus, for many of the older population, the idea of aging can oftentimes be a scary and difficult concept to grasp. Fortunately, there are many different ways that one can go about in effort to prevent or slow down the aging process.

vegetablesPerhaps the simplest and most natural way to prevent the signs of aging is to eat healthy; particularly by introducing a variety of vegetables and fish into your diet. Antioxidants such as Vitamin A, C and D not only prevent and repair damage to your skin, but they also have added health benefits such as decreasing the risk of heart disease, providing protection against eye problems and mood disorders, as well as boosting your immune system; whereas Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish help to prevent wrinkles and facilitate the skin’s hydration. Some of the best food sources of the aforementioned antioxidants come from salmon, carrots, spinach, sweet potato, kale, oranges, and strawberries – and not only are they good at hindering the evolution of aging, but they also taste great too!

Paying close attention to your sleeping patterns is also extremely important. Not getting enough sleep will only result in you feeling and looking tired. As such, getting an average of 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep each evening is also beneficial in combating the effects of aging, and will leave you feeling more rejuvenated.

sunscreenOther important and necessary preventative measures of aging are the use of moisturizers and sunscreens, and several cosmetics companies even offer the two in a combined formula. Using moisturizer and sunscreen will not only leave your skin feeling much smoother and more hydrated, but they will also protect you from ultraviolet sun rays which can be dangerous to the skin and lead to other health problems (such as skin cancer) down the line. There are many different types of moisturizers and sunscreens to choose from based on different skin types, so it is best to speak with a physician or licensed beauty consultant to find what is best suited for you.

Lastly, another anti-aging option that has become increasingly popular over the years for those wishing to reverse the effects of the skin’s maturing is the use of cosmetic fillers. These include Botox, Juvederm and Restylane. Dr. Ali Ghahary, a physician at Brentwood Medical Clinic, administers cosmetic fillers to patients who are seeking to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, increase the skin’s volume, and have a more youthful appearance overall. The effects of cosmetic fillers can be long lasting and are a great way to boost one’s confidence. If this is something you think you would be interested in or would like more information on cosmetic fillers, contact Dr. Ghahary at today.

Aging and the Benefits of Cosmetic Fillers

Aging and the Benefits of Cosmetic FillersAging is a natural process as we get older that involves everything from increased infection susceptibility to bones that break more easily. However, one of the most noticeable changes of the aging process is oftentimes seen on the skin. As we age, our skin loosens and becomes thinner, making lines and wrinkles more visible. While most individuals would previously turn to facial serums and other similar products in effort to reduce the effects of aging, Canadians are turning to other minimally invasive procedures, with the most popular being cosmetic fillers.

Similar to serums, cosmetic fillers are geared towards reducing the effects of aging by adding volume to problem-areas (lines, wrinkles) and giving you a more youthful appearance. Not only are these cosmetic fillers far less invasive than other surgical procedures, but they are also inexpensive and can provide lasting results depending on the type of cosmetic filler that is used. It is important to note that while most cosmetic fillers strive to have the same or similar outcome, not all cosmetic fillers are alike, nor do they contain the same components.

The most popular cosmetic filler on the Canadian market today is Botox, otherwise known as Botulinum Toxin, and is used on a variety of patients. The most common use for Botox is to treat frown lines that appear around the eyes or on the forehead by injecting small amounts into the problem-areas in order to relax the muscles. However, Botox is also a popular choice due to its ability to relieve other non-cosmetic complaints such as muscle spasms, excessive sweating, and migraine headaches. Alternatives to Botox include Dysport and Xeomin.

dr ali ghahary	You also may have heard of brands such as Juvaderm and Restylane. These are hyaluronic-acid based fillers. Similar to Botox, hyaluronic acid based fillers work to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, as well as provide a more youthful appearance to the skin. Hyaluronic-acid is a natural substance that is found within the human body, thus making these types of fillers safe to use (and with less side effects) in comparison to calcium-based fillers or poly-l-lactic acid based fillers, which may require a series of treatments and even local anesthetic prior to being administered.

Overall, cosmetic fillers are a perfect, easy and economical way to not only enhance and revamp one’s appearance, but they can also boost your self-esteem in the process.

If you are interested in trying cosmetic filling agents, contact Dr. Ali Ghahary at today.

Cosmetic Dermal Fillers

dermal fillersCosmetic fillers such as Botox have risen over 700% since 2000, and other fillers such as ones containing hyaluronic acid have jumped 18% since 2012. More and more Canadians are opting to use cosmetic fillers as opposed to cosmetic surgery due to how quick and easy they are to administer. Several kinds of cosmetic fillers are available in many Canadian clinics.

Cosmetic fillers are used to help diminish fine lines and wrinkles, as well as to restore volume and provide a more youthful appearance to the face. Generally, as we grow older, our subcutaneous fat in our face diminishes over time. This means that the facial muscles start to work closer to the surface; therefore, crow’s feet and smile lines become more obvious. Additionally, the skin on the face stretches, which only serves to add to volume loss. Sun exposure, lifestyle, and even heredity also play a role in how our skin ages. This is why people turn to the use of cosmetic dermal fillers. They have many different uses and can be injected to enhance shallow contours, plump thin lips, improve the appearance of scars and soften wrinkles and creases. For more information on lip injections, read ‘The Best Lip Enhancement Treatment for Every Age’.

With the innumerable toxins in our environment, it is no wonder that so many people are experiencing early sigs of aging. Cosmetic fillers can help to reverse those signs, or add value to any facial rejuvenation regiment or surgical procedure.

Dermal Fillers Procedure

If you choose soft tissue fillers, then the first step is to evaluate facial appearance and skin tone, paying particular attention to problem areas. The points that will be augmented are marked as appropriate injection sites. Next, an antibacterial agent is applied to the marked injection sites. Sometimes, a very cold instrument, a local anesthetic, or an anesthetic ointment is used to reduce pain. The injection is then given, which usually takes only a few seconds per site. Finally, once results are satisfactory, the area is cleared of any markings. Sometimes, an ice pack is offered to reduce swelling and discomfort. The whole procedure takes no more than 15-20 minutes.

Dermal Fillers Recovery

Recovery is not lengthy, as there is no downtime. Most activities can be resumed right away. However, it should be noted that your initial appearance after having an injection may include the following:

  • Over filled” appearance at the areas of injection
  • Temporary redness or numbness at the injection sites
  • Mild bruising or swelling in the areas

These minor concerns can be alleviated with ice to the area, but they generally improve within a few hours after the treatment.

Cost of Dermal Cosmetic Fillers

Reversing the signs of aging can be costly, especially if one chooses a surgical method such as a facelift. Cosmetic fillers can be a much more cost efficient approach before resorting to surgery, however. In general, the average cost for cosmetic fillers is between $450 and $1000, depending on type and location. Health insurance typically does not cover these costs.

At Brentwood Medical Clinic, Dr. Ali Ghahary administers cosmetic fillers to patients. If you are interested in cosmetic fillers or would like more information on them, contact Dr. Ghahary via e-mail at

Differences Between Cosmetic Fillers

Cosmetic FillersCollagen filling agents have been the preferred choice of cosmetic fillers for Canadians in effort to help reduce lines and wrinkles for over a decade. Thee fillers are also regularly used to add volume in various areas of the face and/or lips. Over time, cosmetic medicine has developed with significant advancements and new forms of treatment have become available. Some of these specific injectable treatments contain hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the skin and it provides a more youthful look.

Dr. Ali Ghahary, a physician in Canada, offers different methods of these cosmetic filling agents to patients at Brentwood Medical Clinic. Below is a look at the benefits and risks of some of the injectable filling agents that are readily available in clinics across Canada today.


Most individuals wanting to remove lines and wrinkles from their face will often inquire about collagen-based fillers. Collagen is one of the best-known treatments and is undoubtedly something that many have heard of. Collagen is a natural substance that is found in your body. Collagen begins to get lost as you age. This lack of collagen in the body can cause your skin to lose its elasticity, and wrinkles will form as a result. Cosmetic forms of collagen, which is often sourced from cows, helps reverse the aging process. It is important to note that some can be sensitive to collagen and develop an allergy, so it is important to consult your physician before commencing any treatment containing collagen.

Alternatives to collagen such as hyaluronic acid fillers, as discussed below, can yield similar results but have less of a risk of allergy. Because of this, hyaluronic acid fillers are more commonly used in medical practices today due to their safety. Also, it has been found that collagen does not last as long as other fillers in comparison to those composed of hyaluronic acid or other synthetic material. This is due to the body breaking down collagen more quickly – typically three months after your initial treatment.

Hyaluronic Acid:

While collagen has provided great cosmetic perks for several years, many physicians have made the switch to hyaluronic acid-based fillers. This is due to hyaluronic being a safer filling agent. Also, no allergy pre-testing is required. Hyaluronic fillers also last much longer – and, unlike collagen treatments, hyaluronic acid can actually help to vitalize and stimulate the production of the skin’s collagen.


Calcium-based fillers are vastly different to collagen or hyaluronic acid fillers. They contain calcium hydroxylapatite (otherwise known as CaHA) which is a natural substance found in the body and assists in the health of your nails and teeth. Calcium fillers provide volume enhancement, and similar to hyaluronic acid it also helps the body produce collagen. Calcium-based fillers can last up to one year, making fewer treatments required.

To Conclude:

In conclusion, the use of synthetic and collagen-based fillers have become commonplace in Canada and society today. These types of fillers offer a fairly inexpensive way to help you look and feel your best.

If you are interested in discovering more about the process of any of the aforementioned fillers, get in touch with your general practitioner to discuss the best treatment options available for you.