Facial Aesthetics » Dermal Fillers
There is a difference between the botulinum toxin and dermal fillers. The former relaxes the muscles whereas the fillers fill and plump up lines, wrinkles and grooves to make the skin look more youthful. Fillers usually consist of sterile hyaluronic acid gels made from non-animal sources. As we age the skin's natural hyaluronic acid is lost giving rise to the appearance of lines, wrinkles and folds. Injecting fillers into the skin acts to replace the hyaluronic acid that is lost with age. They are also used for lip enhancement and for shaping facial, hand and neck contours.
The injections, which only take a few minutes, are usually administered after a local anaesthetic has been applied either directly onto the skin, or incorporated into the syringe containing the filler. This serves to reduce or prevent any discomfort. The effect of the treatment is visible immediately. Depending on the area treated, skin type and the injection technique, the filler effect can last between 6 and 12 months (usually 6 months for lips). Follow-up treatments will help to maintain the plumped up look over time.
Dermal Fillers are used to treat fine lines, wrinkles and folds, usually around the lower half of the face, such as around the mouth. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced in our bodies to provide elasticity and volume to our skin. As we get older the level of Hyaluroinc acid naturally depletes. Most Dermal fillers are a biodegradable hyaluronic acid gel. These products are suitable for areas such as the lines from the nose to the mouth, giving a filled, relaxed look and reducing wrinkles and lines. Alternatively they can be used for the lips giving a plumper fuller look.
Is treatment painful?
Treatment can be uncomfortable. To prevent this, an anaesthetic cream on the skin is used to reduce discomfort but for a total pain-free treatment a simple local anaesthetic (like a dental injection) is offered for treatment if desired. Yet now some collagen fillers have local anaesthetic in the injection, so you will feel minimum discomfort.
How long will it last?
Treatment usually lasts for 6-9 months. It is not permanent. How long a treatment lasts is variable and depends on your lifestyle and muscle activity. Most patients choose to have a follow up treatment between 6-12 months after the initial procedure.
Are there any potential complications?
Dermal fillers are extremely safe. After injection some common injection related reactions may occur: swelling, redness, pain, itching and tenderness. These usually resolve spontaneously within 2-3 days after injection in the skin, and within a week after injection to the lips. You may initially feel some firmness in the area treated, this will soften over subsequent weeks. Other types of reaction are rare.
Post treatment advice
We advise no extreme cold or heat exposure post treatment. Also no exercise and you can start your make up regime the following day.