Dermal Fillers

What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are non-surgical cosmetic treatments used to bring a more youthful appearance by restoring volume or fullness to the face and lips. They work by reducing or eliminating lines, wrinkles and folds in the skin and the effect is seen immediately after treatment.

As skin ages, both naturally and because of other factors such as sun damage, smoking, and poor diet, we lose collagen, fat and other natural moisturising substances from our skin. These can be thought of as the natural 'scaffolding' that keeps it looking young and feeling firm. With less of these, our skin becomes thinner and we start to see lines, wrinkles and folds developing. This is usually more noticeable on our faces.

Put simply, dermal fillers are used to restore that lost volume in the face by plumping out lines, wrinkles and folds.

What are dermal fillers made of?
Various kinds of safe, natural and man-made materials are used as dermal fillers; these have been specifically developed over the years for use in the skin.

In our practice we use dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid. These are non permanent fillers and last 6-12 months. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally throughout our bodies: in our skin, bones, joints, and eyes. It acts as a lubricant and moisturiser due to its ability to attract and store water. Hyaluronic Acid is clinically produced, usually from bacterial, not from animal or human sources.

Most people can benefot from the treatment How are fillers supplied?
Dermal fillers are supplied in a pre-filled sterile syringe for injection.

Is the treatment uncomfortable?
A local anaesthetic cream is used to make the treatment as comfortable as possible. For treatments near the mouth, such as lip treatments, your practitioner will freeze the area with an injection which is similar to a dental anaesthetic.

Are there any adverse effects?
Most people can return to their normal daily life immediately after the treatment. However, your practitioner will explain the possible side effects during the initial consultation.

The commonest side effects are related to the fact that you have had injections in the area being treated, they typically last only one to three days.

These side effects can include slight bleeding and mild bruising, swelling may also occur around the area. If you have lip treatment swelling can last 3-5 days, otherwise it is transient.

Allergic reactions to dermal filler treatment are rare but can include: redness, itching, swelling, and hardness, or small bumps under the skin.These side effects may last for weeks or months and sometimes longer, fortunately they are very rare.

If you have a history of cold sores, dermal filler treatment in that area might cause them to break out again.Your practitioner may prescribe a course of anti-viral tablets (e.g. acyclovir) immediately after the treatment and for a few days afterwards, to reduce the possibility of a recurrence.

How long do dermal fillers last?
The length of time that dermal fillers last depends on the type of filler used and the area injected. On average, you would expect the results of a Hyaluronic Acid dermal filler to last around 6-12 months.

As the dermal filler is gradually broken down and the level of volume you gained lessens, you can choose to have the area 'topped-up' to retain the effect. However, if you decide not to, the advantage of non-permanent dermal fillers is that the area will gradually return to how it was before the treatment. 

Look younger with dermal fillers Can anyone have dermal filler treatment?
Whilst most people can benefit from this treatment, there are certain medications and conditions that preclude its use.Your practitioner will ask a number of questions to ensure that dermal fillers are appropriate.

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding you would be advised to delay treatment until breast-feeding has finished, this is simply a precaution.

What to do next?
Please make an appointment to discuss the options for skin rejuvenation with our trained dental professional. Dermal fillers can be complemented by other treatments such as Botox.