As the skin ages, its production of collagen and elastin slows, which is what gives it a less elastic and supple appearance. Dermal fillers help to compensate for this, plumping out the skin cells to reduce or eliminate the creases and folds of age without invasive surgery. Dermal fillers are quick and safe, and have effects that can last for months without further maintenance. Pricing varies as to your prescribed dosage and area.
The Benefits of Dermal Fillers
As we age our faces 'deflate' - areas become flatter or sunken. It is caused by the decreased ability of the body to produce enough collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin allows the skin to return to it’s normal tight and plump state. Once volume is lost in the face, it can give you a hollow and sunken appearance.
By targeting these areas with fillers, we can restore the volume lost and enhance areas whilst still looking natural. Dermal fillers can also be used to fill deep folds and help to improve the appearance of scars, fine lines and creases. The dermal fillers used contain Hyaluronic Acid, which is a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body, helping to keep our skin hydrated and looking more youthful.
Commonly Asked Questions About Dermal Fillers
How Does It Work?
Dermal filler injections contain hyaluronic acid (HA) – a naturally occurring substance in the skin that stabilises structure, attracts and binds water, and improves elasticity. HA fills the space of volume loss and stimulates skin cell renewal.
Common facial areas which are treated with dermal filler injections include the cheeks, lips, chin, jowls, jawline, temples and tear troughs as well as the neck, décolletage and hands.
What Do I Need to Do For Preparation?
Avoid blood-thinning and anti-inflammatory medication (e.g. aspirin ibuprofen, fish oil, and St John’s wort) one week prior
Advise your clinician if you:
- Are taking blood thinners
- Using ibuprofen
- Had recent minor dental work (e.g. scale and clean)
- Have a long-haul flight booked within the next two weeks
- Have an auto-immune condition
What Is The Procedure?
Prior to your first treatment, our doctor will consult with you to assess your suitability for dermal filler and discuss any concerns or questions you may have.
The procedure involves a small amount of the prescribed product being administered into the selected areas using a very fine needle, or in some instances, a cannula. The injections may sting for a few seconds, and in some instances a numbing agent will be used.
Who Is Not Suitable?
- Is hypersensitive to ingredients including hyaluronic acid, lidocaine, amide-type local anaesthetics and strep type-A gram-positive bacterial proteins
- Currently has an active skin infection, cold sores, sunburn, eczema, psoriasis or a healing wound
- Currently has concurrent febrile status (e.g. flu, cold, sinusitis, UTI)
- Has had major dental work in the past four weeks, or scheduled in the next four weeks
- Has a history of hypertrophic scarring
- Is pregnant or breastfeeding
- Is under 18 years of age
- Has had a rhinoplasty. In this instance, the client will need written authorisation from their treating surgeon
If you are unsure, please contact your clinic.
What Are The Risks?
There are the common risks, which are swelling and bruising, which occur with a high proportion of treatments. Whenever the skin is penetrated by a needle there is a risk of infection. The rare but important risks include vascular occlusion, nodules and blindness.
Keep the injection site clean
Take anti-histamines as required to reduce swelling
Apply a cool compress to the site for ten minutes every hour, on the day of treatment but do not apply ice
Avoid facial treatments immediately after treatment