What are dermal fillers and how do they work?
As we get older the amount of the naturally occurring, highly moisturising agent hyaluronic acid in the skin decreases. This causes the skin to become more fragile and causes the formation of wrinkles as the tissues sag over time.
Dermal fillers treatment comprises hyaluronic acid that is injected under the skin to enhance facial features and plump and fill lines and sunken areas.
What happens at my consultation?
Our clinician will take you through a full consultation to understand what look you hope to achieve from the treatment, and which product would work best for you. At this point she will suggest how much product you are likely to need. If you are both happy to go ahead with treatment, you will take a seat in the reclining treatment chair and the fillers will be injected into the agreed upon areas with an ultra-thin needle.
What are dermal fillers made of?
Most commonly, fillers are primarily made of hyaluronic acid in a smooth gel. We use premium brands such as JUVEDERM®, which has different ranges to be used in different parts of the face. Most of the fillers also have a local anaesthetic mixed in with them to make the treatment more comfortable, although we always use numbing cream alongside this.
On which areas can dermal fillers be used?
They can be used to treat a range of skin concerns such as lack of volume and shallow to deep wrinkles and folds such as smile, marionette and lipstick lines and those at the corner of the mouth, chin and neck. They can also be used to plump up areas such as to create lush and full lips and fill out sunken cheeks.
Types of dermal fillers
- Cheek fillers
- Tear trough fillers – revine your under eye areas, reduce under eye bags/hollowness
- Lip fillers – restore volume and add plumpness to lips
- Chin fillers
Are dermal fillers safe?
Yes, they are very safe if administered by a fully trained and certified professional, such as our clinician. As with all treatments, there can be side effects. The most common include: bruising, redness, swelling, pain or itching.
Can dermal fillers be reversed?
Yes, if you change your mind or the effect isn’t what you were wanting/expecting, dermal fillers can be dissolved by an injection of an enzyme called hyaluronidase.
How long will it take to work?
The benefits will be immediate, although you may experience some swelling at first. The effects should settle down within a week or two.
How long do dermal fillers last?
Depending on the type of product used and the area treated, the effects can last from 6-18 months.
Will dermal fillers hurt?
Dermal fillers are administered with minimal discomfort due to the needle being ultra fine. We are also one of the few clinics who routinely use dermal fillers containing a local anaesthetic to further reduce any discomfort. During the procedure you may experience a slight stinging sensation but this usually subsides almost instantly. After the procedure there maybe some slight swelling which is rarely noticeable and reduces within 24 hours. The great thing about dermal fillers is that there is minimal downtime and you can return to your usual activities straight away.
How long will the treatment take?
The treatment usually takes 30-45 mins, depending on the area being treated.
Are dermal fillers just for women?
No, they are also very popular amongst men.
Check out The Elegant Guide to Dermal Fillers here.
Juvéderm Ultra™ (lasting around 6 months) from £250
Juvéderm Vycross™ range (lasting around 12 to 24 months) from £390