How our skin specialists can help you achieve your desired look:
Dermal fillers offer the ultimate treatment to restore and enhance the structure of the face. Our specialists have the highest level of training and expertise to offer dermal filler in a safe, confidential medical environment. The combination of science and art knows no boundaries. For the discerning patients who want or need a freshen-up but want to maintain a natural element to their appearance, we assure you that your treatments will achieve the best possible result.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are an effective treatment to replace or add volume to the face. Volumisation may be sought to enhance existing features (e.g. lip and cheek augmentation) or replace volume lost during the ageing process. Volumisation with dermal fillers is an effective anti-ageing treatment. Dermal fillers are often used for facial rejuvenation in combination with muscle relaxant injections, and appropriate skin surface treatments, such as peels, laser and skin care.
Types of dermal filler
There are a number of different types and brands of dermal filler that have varying properties. They are generally divided into temporary and permanent subtypes.
- Temporary Fillers
These days the most common type is made from hyaluronic acid, a complex sugar structure that is found naturally in the skin and other body tissues. Hyaluronic acid filler is a colourless, injectable gel, which holds water to hydrate the skin, add volume and cushions the skin where needed. Hyaluronic acid fillers are considered safest as allergic reactions are rare and the filler can be dissolved using further injections if required.
Hyaluronic acid fillers generally last between 6 and 24 months depending on the site treated and specific product used.
- Permanent Fillers
Types include liquid injectable silicone (LIS), polyacrylamide gels (PAAG), polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). These are non-resorbable and remain in the tissues permanently.
What can be done with fillers?
Many issues can be addressed with dermal fillers. Examples include:
- Smoothing of facial wrinkles
- Restoration of shape and volume to the face (eg cheeks, temples, jawline)
- Filling of furrows or deep lines in the fac
- Correction of hollowness/shadows under the eyes (tear troughs
- Lip augmentation and smoothing of lines around the lips
Lifting of depressed scars (eg acne scarring)
Nose, brow, chin and forehead – shaping or enhancement
Full face soft lift older face with significant volume loss
What is involved in dermal filler procedures?
You should first be assessed by your injecting practitioner to discuss appropriate treatment options and expected outcomes, specific to your concerns and objectives.
Dermal fillers are usually delivered to the superficial and deep layers of the skin via small injections.
Many fillers contain local anaesthetic, which relieves discomfort during the procedure. Other pain relief such as topical anaesthetic cream, nerve blocks and ice may be used where necessary. Pain and discomfort, however, varies between the treatment site and patients.
The results are immediate and the effect is generally long-lasting.
Are dermal fillers safe?
Hyaluronic acid fillers are generally safe if injected by an experienced and highly trained professional with knowledge of facial anatomy and how to manage potential complications should they arise.
What are the potential side effects and complications of dermal fillers?
Side effects vary and may be minimal but can include: Redness, swelling, tenderness, small bruises and/or lumps at injection sites. Less commonly extensive bruising and swelling may occur.
Complications are rare but should be discussed in detail with your practitioner prior to any procedure. These can include infection, abscess, blocking of the blood vessel (causing damage to surrounding tissue or very rarely permanent visual loss), skin pigmentation change, nodules, asymmetry and under or over-correction.
Are there any reasons not to treat with dermal fillers?
Contraindications to dermal filler include:
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding
- Previous allergy or adverse reaction to the product or local anaesthetic agent
- Unrealistic expectations
- Active infection at injection site