What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal Fillers are clear gels made from a substance called Hyaluronic Acid (HA). HA is found naturally in the body, where its main role is to attract water and provide hydration to the skin. As we age, our body’s levels of HA begin to diminish, our skin loses fat, collagen and other important elements often resulting in a loss of facial volume and support. Some of your facial features may begin to look a little unbalanced or asymmetrical, or there may be areas of concern that don’t have the smooth contours or defined shape that you would like. Dermal fillers can be used to add volume and enhance facial contours, restoring a youthful appearance to areas that hollow, wrinkle and sag.
Hyaluronic acid containing injectable gel that replaces lost volume and restores youthful contours to the skin by smoothing away moderate to severe wrinkles and folds. The products are injected directly into the skin in small amounts by an ultra-fine needle. It also brings water to the surface of skin to keep it looking fresh and supple.
Possible treatment areas:
- Temporal hollowing
- Cheek augmentation & enhancement
- Tear troughs
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
- Lip enhancement
- Lip augmentations
Why have dermal filler treatments?
With age, lifestyle factors, genetics and weight loss, our facial structure can begin to change, often resulting in facial hollowing, volume loss or sagging making us appear older and unrested. Dermal filler treatments work to smooth and soften deep wrinkles, restore volume loss, enhance cheekbone contours and improve definition in the lower face such as the jawline or chin.
What areas can be treated with dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are most commonly used for lip enhancement to add volume and create symmetry, smooth facial lines and wrinkles, and shape facial contours such as the cheeks, chin and jawline. Results are natural-looking and immediate.
- Lips – lips may appear thin or flat, unbalanced or asymmetrical, have an undefined lip border or cupids bow
- Tear Troughs – ageing can lead to volume loss under the eyes, accentuating tear troughs and giving the appearance of dark circles under the eyes
- Temples – temples can begin to appear sunken or hollow
- Cheeks – As we lose volume in the fat pads under the skin, cheeks may start to appear flatter or even sunken
- Nasolabial folds – With the loss of volume around the cheeks, the skin may start to droop or sag over the line between the nose and mouth
- Marionette lines – As our skin ages and loses firmness and elasticity, lines and wrinkles may start to appear along the jawline, around the chin or around the mouth
- Scarring – scarring such as acne scars, chickenpox scars or surgical scars can be filled with dermal fillers to create a smoother appearance
- Hands – can restore a smoother, hydrated and more youthful appearance to the hands
Frequently Asked Questions:
How long do dermal fillers last?
The effects of dermal fillers are long lasting but not permanent. Treatment results can last 6 to 18 months depending on many factors such as lifestyle, age, the type of product being used and the location. After your initial treatment, follow up sessions are usually recommended to maintain results.
Can I resume normal activities immediately after treatment?
Immediately after your treatment, you may experience some mild erythema (pinkness) and localised swelling in the area treated which usually subsides within the first 24 to 72 hours post treatment. Cold packs are recommended to reduce the risk of bruising and to reduce swelling.
We advise against all strenuous physical activity for the first 24 hours and to avoid any active ingredients such as Vitamin A and AHA’s, facial treatments such as laser, chemical peels or skin needling for a minimum of 14 days post dermal filler treatment unless otherwise instructed by your medical or health professional.
Do dermal filler treatments hurt?
Everyone’s pain receptors respond differently to pain and discomfort. With dermal filler treatment, you can expect to experience some minor discomfort at the injection site, however this is minimised with the use of topical anaesthetic and cold packs. Some dermal filler products also contain local anaesthetic to improve patient tolerance.