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What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers such as are soft, mouldable gels that are injected under the skin to immediately repair and plump up various skin lines, depressions and folds in the skin. They produce instant results and are almost painless.

What happens during the procedure?

They are injected as a simple office procedure, with local anaesthetic already in the filler and only take a few minutes. Recovery is immediate and any temporary skin redness fades quickly.

What do dermal fillers do?

Fillers do three things:

  • Fillers immediately plump up and add volume to creases, depressions, folds, and scars or flatten age lines in many areas of the face.
  • Fillers stimulate collagen. Additional firming, plumping and replacement of the previously lost tissue occurs because of the stimulation Dermal Fillers have on the body’s own collagen production. They are made of natural skin products and stay in position for a long time, becoming part of the natural skin structure.
  • Fillers act as a cushioning pad at the base of the previous fold or wrinkle that you have corrected. This therefore prevents the future deepening of these folds from repeated muscle action, such as smiling and frowning. The skin is unable to crease as sharply as it did before treatment.

As a result of these three factors, repeated maintenance injections of these dermal fillers in the folds of the skin can be gradually layered or added to a foundation of a build-up of new skin. These areas gradually repair and thus prevent future ageing with less frequent maintenance top-ups required.

Are dermal fillers safe?

Yes. All of our dermal fillers are completely safe and allergic reactions to these substances are extremely rare. There is no risk of the gel separating from your tissue in the area injected and as long as the correct aftercare recommendations are followed you won’t have any problems at all.

Which areas can be treated?

Dermal fillers can be injected anywhere where volume is required to fill in or plump up a fold, a sagging structural feature or a fine line, wrinkle or depression or to lift and replace ageing features.

Most common sites for dermal filler injections are:

  • Frown lines, grooves and folds around the mouth, the smile lines and the jowling lines, and the tear trough hollows under the eyes.
  • Lips.
  • Forehead and temple.
  • Cheekbones and chin in the case of a recessed chin.
  • Nose – alter the shape of your nose.
  • Jawline – achieve a more youthful structure to or create a more angular, lifted and filled jawline.
  • Surgical scars or indented post-acne scars on the face or anywhere on the body.

How long does a dermal filler treatment take? Are they painful?

No. The actual injection time is approximately a minute and so is over very quickly. The fillers all have a very quick acting and strong local anaesthetic mixed in with the gel.

The local anaesthetic is just in the line that the filler is injected into and remains numb for 20 minutes or so. Thus procedures are quick, comfortable and there is no pain afterwards or even after the local anaesthetic wears off. The area can be tender to touch but even this settles down after a few days.

Is there any downtime?

In most cases people can return to their normal daily activities straight away, although often a camouflage powder is required to mask minor temporary redness. Bruising can occur but this can be minimised with careful attention to detail and post-treatment pressure on the needling points.

Swelling is apparent for a few hours but is usually not a discomfort. It settles relatively quickly depending on the site of the injection, the skin type of the client and the amount of product injected.

The only procedure that is usually done after work allowing more time for the swelling to reduce is a lip enhancement.

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