What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers come in two varieties: semi-permanent and temporary. Temporary fillers such as JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® are made with hyaluronic acid, a sugar molecule that’s naturally occurring in the body, particularly the skin. Hyaluronic acid is what gives the skin its suppleness, smoothness and a healthy glow.

Youthful skin is abundant in hyaluronic acid, which is why younger people have few lines and wrinkles. Over time, the skin’s natural hyaluronic acid starts to decline, causing it to lose volume and start looking less youthful and plump.

Dermal filler injections can restore facial volume loss due to age. Additionally, a new generation of specialized fillers allows injectors to sculpt and correct facial structures to enhance a patient’s appearance.

How do dermal fillers work?

Hyaluronic acid molecules can attract and retain 1000 times their weight in water. When injected under the skin, dermal filler gel can smooth lines and wrinkles, fill in hollow areas and lift sagging skin.

Recent availability of high-tech hyaluronic acid materials made with denser cross-linked technology can be injected structurally along the jawline to mimic bone, in the nose area to raise the bridge or for chin augmentation. These new fillers can last up to 24 months depending on the product and where it’s placed.

What areas can dermal fillers treat?

  • Cheeks
  • Tear troughs
  • Marionette lines
  • Jawline
  • Lips
  • Cheekbones
  • Nasolabial folds (laugh lines)
  • Jowls
  • Chin

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FAQ’s

A. After a thorough assessment of your aesthetic goals, the injector administers dermal filler directly into the skin. Results can be seen immediately; however, since hyaluronic acid draws water, it can take up to 48 for the full plumping effect. Areas such as lips can experience considerable swelling so it may take up to a week to see the final outcome. The procedure normally takes 30-60 minutes.
A. For most people dermal filler injections are very well tolerated. A topical anaesthetic can be applied to minimize pain and optimize patient comfort, particularly prior to performing lip injections.
A. Yes. We pride ourselves on only using dermal fillers with a proven safety record. Furthermore, our advanced injection technique using a micro-cannula (blunt tip needle) has improved dermal filler safety even more.

Hyaluronic acid is extremely safe because it occurs naturally in your body. There is very little risk of developing an allergic reaction. Even those with extremely sensitive skin can have hyaluronic acid injections. In the unlikely event that a patient would like to have their filler reversed, it can be instantly dissolved with the enzyme hyaluronidase.

Occasionally, minor and rare side-effects can occur, including:

Redness at the injection site
Bruising (this is minimized with the micro-cannula)
Asymmetry or lumps
Infection/inflammation
Necrosis (extremely rare and can be reversed with hyaluronidase)
Blindness (also extremely rare – only 100 cases worldwide have ever been reported)

Cost normally depends on the type and amount of dermal filler used. Another consideration is which area of the face you’d like to treat (e.g. cheeks, tear troughs or full face – a procedure known as the soft-lift).

During the initial consultation, your injector will create a bespoke treatment plan specifically for you and the exact cost of your treatments will be provided ahead of time. Keep in mind that our prices are competitive and your treatments will be performed by a highly skilled and experienced physician.

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