What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal Fillers are used to increase the volume and definition of certain areas of your face. The fillers are made from a variety of materials, listed below.
- Collagen – approximate effect 3-4 months
- Hyaluronic Acid – several types for different applications – approximate effect 4-6 months
- Calcium Hydroxyapatite – approximate effect about 18 months
- Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA) = SCULPTRA – injections given over several months, approximate effect up to 2-3 years.
Selection of the most appropriate filler will depend on the area to be treated and the length of time over which fillers remain.
How does it work?
Dermal Fillers are a popular treatment which combines local anaesthetic and the filler material. Fillers are injected into the skin in a series of small injections which may take up to 30 minutes to complete.
The result of filler treatment will give your face natural volume, leaving your skin hydrated and youthful.
What areas can be treated with Dermal Fillers?
The most popular areas that fillers are used to add volume are lips, cheeks and the bridge of the nose. It can also be used on lines, wrinkles, around the forehead, eyes, mouth, chin, neck and hands to make them appear smoother and younger looking.
We will listen to you during your consultation and then make our recommendations accordingly.
Does it hurt?
Modern filler materials either have local anaesthetic within them or have local anaesthetic added to them before injection. This means that there is only a small amount of initial discomfort at the start of treatment. Anaesthetic effects normally last 20-30 minutes after completion of the filler procedure.
Are there any risks using Dermal Fillers?
There are potential risks to all medical treatments. Those specific to the type of filler to be used will be fully discussed before treatment. Complications are rare with modern filler materials.
If you suffer from any allergies or are taking any medication, this will be discussed at your consultation.
Some risks may include:
- Bruising at injection sites
- Filler moving from the intended area of treatment.
- In Rare cases – the filler may form lumps under the skin.
- In Rare cases – the filler can damage a small blood vessel.