Dermal fillers are injectable gels (hyaluronic acid) which can be strategically placed to enhance specific facial features, improve proportions and harmonise the face by treating areas such as the lips, cheeks, chin and jawline.
From our mid 20s onwards we start to lose volume in our faces from collagen and fat loss, and changes to the underlying bone.
Dermal fillers can be placed to restore this lost volume and soften lines that are associated with ageing. They are often combined with anti-wrinkle (botox) treatment to maximise results.
There is limited down time and immediate results, which can last between 6-18 months.
I only use FDA approved fillers with a an excellent safety record. The specific filler selected will be determined by your desired outcome and the area to be treated.
What are the benefits?
Smoother, youthful, tighter looking skin to turn back the clock
Many areas can be treated in one appointment
Non surgical, procedure with minimal downtime
The majority of modern day dermal fillers, and the fillers that I use, are made from a sugar called Hyaluronic Acid (HA) of bacterial origin. HA is naturally present in abundance in the body and its main purpose is to attract water to plump out or sculpt tissue. It is gradually broken down by the body naturally.
There are many dermal fillers on the market. They come as injectable gels, of varying viscosity to suit different tissue types and achieve different outcomes. It is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
I exclusively use the best, high quality and FDA approved dermal fillers including Restylane, Juvederm, Belotero and Teosyal.
- Soften nasolabial lines (nose-mouth lines)
- Soften the marionette lines (mouth-chin lines)
- Enhance the lips
The results from facial fillers usually last anywhere between 6-18 months.
It depends on many factors such as the amount of filler used, the product, the persons metabolism and the area being treated. Areas of higher movement, the lips for example, will have a shorter duration than those of less mobile areas, such as the the nose.
The area to be treated is fully disinfected and a strong topical anaesthetic (numbing cream) is applied. The filler is then placed with a combination of a needle and a cannula (a blunt tube which glides through the tissues). I like to use a cannula where possible as this makes the procedure more comfortable, safer, and causes less bruising and swelling for a better post treatment experience.
A strong topical anaesthetic (numbing cream) will be used to minimise the pain and we will reassure you throughout the procedure. Most dermal fillers also have local anaesthetic in them.
The most common are redness, swelling and bruising and these should be expected.
Rarer risks will be thoroughly discussed with you at consultation.
Alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin C + E, St Johns Wart, Gingko Biloba.
You may experience some numbness or tingling and have some mild bruising (which can be covered with make up the following day), redness and swelling. Many clients leave with little signs of having any treatment done other than some slight redness.
Results are immediate, though we say that ‘final’ results are at usually 2 weeks later, to allow for the area to be fully settled.
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