Dermal fillers aren't just for fuller lips! Filler can also treat age-related wrinkles and add plumpness to facial contours.
Procedure takes 30-60mins
Results are immediate
Treatment lasts 6-18 months
What is dermal filler?
Dermal filler is a soft injectable gel which is based on hyaluronic acid - a natural substance that already exists in your body. Dermal filler not only adds volume to lips but can also helps to treat age-related wrinkles and add plumpness to facial contours.
Why use hyaluronic acid ?
Traditionally, collagen (sourced from bovine) was used (and still is used in some countries) as a permanent filler. Lot’s of studies revealed that collagen wasn’t actually that good for us and that you could get better results with HA.. so HA became the preferred dermal filler. HA is great because it can be reversed in case of a vascular occlusion, if the filler has been placed poorly and caused migration or if the patient doesn’t like it.
How long does dermal filler last?
There are a few things that can affect the longevity of filler. These include:
- Individual metabolism and lifestyle factors
- HA molecule size ( thin or thick)
- Product type
Depending on the product and placement of HA, it can last anywhere from 6-18 months. You may need multiple sessions to achieve your goal, but once you’re happy with the results you may only need to maintain once once or twice a year.
Are there any contraindications?
Yes, the following patients cannot have filler:
Pregnant and breastfeeding women
Patients with a known allergy to HA
Patients with active cold sores or facial wounds. If you do suffer from cold sores, and you intend on having filler injected in the peri oral area, please consult with your GP to see if you can have anti viral medication prescribed as a prophylaxis
How is dermal filler reversed / dissolved?
Hyaluronidase (Hyalase) is an enzyme that metabolises/breaks down filler. In the case of an emergency, (vascular occlusion or anaphylaxis), or if a patient needs the filler dissolved, we have Hyalase and other emergency medications & protocols to use in clinic.
I don’t want to look fake, how can I achieve a natural result?
Everyone’s face is unique and requires different amounts of filler. I tailor the dose according to your goals and my professional judgement. The goal is to achieve a natural result and I’d rather under treat you and top up at your follow up appointment, than over treat you. Rest assured, you will not leave my clinic looking like the patients that appear on Botched - I promise.