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Know everything about dermal fillers from Dr Andrew Ordon, Hollywood’s favourite cosmetic surgeon

We spoke to Dr Andrew Ordon, Hollywood’s best cosmetic surgeon and co-host of the Emmy award-nominated show ‘The Doctors’ about dermal fillers and how to get them.

The last few years, thanks to social media and also perhaps The Kardashians, our obsession with looking flawless just seems to be rising. Whether it’s having wrinkle-free skin or simply wanting those Angelina Jolie lips – there’s no denying that cosmetic procedures, especially non-invasive ones like injectables are becoming increasingly popular. So if you’re considering popping into a clinic to get that quick dermal filler treatment, it is crucial you do your research. Lucky for you, we just made your life a lot easier.

Although he specializes in aesthetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgery (think body contouring and butt lifts) he is also an authority on fillers. Additionally, Dr Ordon recently launched the Beverly Hills Sunset Surgery Center in Dubai, and frequently visits the clinic – so if you’re on the hunt for the best cosmetic surgeon and happen to be in the city, keep a lookout for his availability.

In the meantime, we asked him questions on getting fillers, how to go about getting your first one and making sure we go about it the right way.

What kind of solutions do dermal fillers provide?

Fillers enhance lips, think Angelina Jolie and the Kardashians. Dermal fillers add volume to the cheeks, chin, and temples – a good example for that is Cardi B. Dermal fillers also help remove acne pockmarks, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, lines and other scars, and reverse the signs of the ageing process.

What should you consider before getting dermal fillers?

You need to know that fillers are temporary, so don’t expect dramatic results forever. Furthermore, expect some bruising and swelling right after they are done, it’s common. Be patient for the final results. Don’t just go to any dermatologist for fillers, research more and do your homework on expert dermas who understand ageing issues and are known to do it well.

If a bride-to-be wants to get lip augmentation, how long before the wedding should she go in for the treatment?

A bride-to-be should do her lip fillers and botox around 3 to 4 weeks before the big day. That way, there is enough down-time.

Between hyaluronic acid, fat and collagen, which compound is the most effective and why?

All three options have their place. HA is best for fine lines and wrinkles and moderate volume enhancement. Fat is a better option. It’s more permanent and will give you more volume enhancement.

Any tips for before and after the treatment?

Before: Stop using Aspirin and Ibuprofen and avoid Vitamin E, Fish oil, and certain supplements. And it’s best if you’re not on your period. After: Ice the area, ‘elevate’, and don’t exercise for a day or so. ‘Elevate’ here means that one should ideally sleep with their head in an elevated position after getting the treatment, for at least the first 24-48 hours.

Typically, how long is the procedure?

Typical dermal filler procedure will take 15 to 30 minutes, including the use of numbing cream.

Do fillers move once injected?

Fillers do not move. Silicone can migrate, that’s why it’s a bad idea to use any non-approved injectables.

How long do they last?

HA fillers will last 3 to 6 months. Sculptra and Radiesse last 6 to 12 months. Fat should last longer – months to years.

Any myths you’d like to bust about fillers?

There are many common myths one follows. That once you start getting fillers done, you have to continue. Not true. Most women also think that they are dangerous and makes you look unnatural – if done from a good surgeon, they can enhance your features.

Under-eye fillers to correct dark circles/tired-looking eyes haven’t been approved by the FDA. What is your take?

HA fillers work well to fill under eye tear troughs to lessen the appearance of bags and lower eyelid dark circles. You need an experienced injector for this, someone who uses a blunt cannula for the injection. My take is that it is safe and effective.

Any risks one should be aware of?

Risks include bruising, swelling, asymmetry, and allergic reactions – it also depends on your personal health chart. So make sure you do your homework and consult the right doctor for this.

How much is enough? AKA Overfilling.

You need an experienced injector who understands proportions and natural results. You need to be honest about what your goals are. It is better to under-do than over-do. You can always get more. That way you avoid unnatural results.

How do you correct an overfilled face?

You can correct overfilling with an enzyme called Hyaluronidase that breaks down HA. A good massage and time will alleviate this problem.

Hanadi Merchant-Habib

A girl with an unhealthy obsession with Gucci shoes, Hanadi loves anything and everything fashion. A fashion writer by profession, she’s also addicted to working out at her favourite studio, Physique 57. In her spare time, she’s usually hanging out with her little daughter which often includes playing dress up!