Dermal Fillers

Overview
Dermal fillers are used to introduce volume back in to areas of the face that have lost volume during the ageing process

 

What are Dermal Fillers?

The underlying tissue of our skin that plumps up and helps us to look youthful starts to break down as we age. This often leaves us with unwanted laughter lines, smile lines, crow’s feet and deep creases over the area where movement occurs. But thanks to dermal fillers we now have a way of correcting these unwanted lines on our face.

Dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring substance found in the body) suspended in a gel. When injected underneath the skin, they improve the appearance of wrinkles and replace volume that has been lost due to the ageing process.

What can be treated with dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are used to add volume back into your face that is lost as you start to age. This can be in a number of different areas:

  • Cheeks
  • Naso-labial folds (nose-to-mouth lines)
  • Marionette lines (lines from the corner of your mouth to your chin)
  • Corners of the mouth that can sometimes make you look unhappy
  • Smoker’s lines (the vertical lines above the lip that appear when you pout)
  • The lip itself (either the body of the lip for fullness or the border for definition)
  • The nose (to reshape and straighten)
  • Tear troughs (the lines under your eyes that make you look tired)

What does the treatment involve?

Aurora Skin Clinics: Photo showing Dermal FillersYour dermal filler treatment will begin with an injectable consultation to determine the areas that you feel would benefit from added volume. Once the areas have been decided on, the brand or strength of the dermal filler to be used will be assessed according to your needs and your desired outcome.

During the procedure, topical anaesthetic (numbing cream) will be applied to the area that will be injected to minimise any discomfort of the injections. Once this has started to take effect the practitioner will cleanse the area and begin the treatment. This procedure will be performed using a very fine needle underneath the skin and followed with a very slow injection of a colourless smooth gel which immediately lifts static lines. Sometimes a little massage is required but this depends on the depth of the product we are using.

How long does the treatment take?

The dermal filler treatment can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on the number of areas to be treated.

How long will the effects last?

The results from this treatment will be seen immediately. The length of time these results will last differs between each individual, the type of dermal filler used and the area that is treated. Hyaluronic acid is something that our body naturally breaks up and those with a higher metabolism will break the product up quicker than those with a slow metabolism. If you have the dermal filler injected into somewhere with a lot of movement such as your lips, this will also result in the product being broken down quicker. However, on average the dermal fillers can last anywhere between 3 and 18 months.

With repeated treatments, the benefits of dermal fillers build up so that the effects will be greater and will stay for a longer period of time.

Before & After Photographs

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Price of Dermal Fillers

Prices start at £250 per syringe of filler

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are our most Frequently Asked Questions on dermal fillers that we have had from previous patients. If you have a specific question that you can’t see listed please contact us and we’d be happy to answer it for you.

VIDEO: How can you achieve a natural appearance with dermal fillers?

It’s really important that your aesthetic practitioner listens to what it is that you want to achieve and it’s also really important that your aesthetic practitioner has an artistic eye because it’s very important that you don’t put features into somebody that they didn’t have in the first place. So you’re actually enhancing their beauty and beautifying them to what they’ve always had, so you’re putting cheeks back to what they were originally and you’re enhancing lips. But it’s really important in order to keep a natural appearance not to put features in that people didn’t have in the first place.

VIDEO: What type of dermal fillers do we use at Aurora Skin Clinics?

When we talk about dermal fillers there are a number of different options for fillers. We tend to favour the use here of the hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. These are a temporary dermal filler. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is in your skin naturally and when we’re young we have lots of it and it’s what makes our skin plump and juicy. It’s also in our joints so it lubricates, it’s a hydrater. As we get older, along with collagen and elastin we start to lose the hyaluronic acid so the plumpness goes from our skin and that’s when we develop the lines and folds. So by using hyaluronic acid dermal fillers we can replace that substance into the skin and this is what brings about that nice youthful appearance again. It’s very safe. Because it’s in your skin naturally your body will recognise it as a natural substance so it’s very unlikely that you’d have a reaction to it. And because it’s temporary, as our face changes and as you age it’s a very good way of dealing with this rather than putting anything permanent into the skin. The stories that we had of people having trout pouts generally were more permanent fillers but with the use of the hyaluronic acid, it’s a much safer option.

VIDEO: What happens during your dermal filler treatment?

The treatments itself is performed by your aesthetic practitioner and can be done in as short a time as 30 minutes or may take longer depending on the filler used and the product placement. It’s using a very fine needle to inject the dermal filler underneath the skin and if it’s for fine lines it’s a shallow injection and if it’s for volume it’s a more deeper injection.

VIDEO: Can you have Botox and dermal fillers together?

Botox and filler treatments can be combined and you can have the two together. It’s not necessary to have them both together but they work alongside eachother because one will act on static lines and the other will act on dynamic lines. By that, we mean static lines are the lines that require more volume, dynamic lines are the lines that are moving. So if you do really want the ‘Rolls Royce’ of treatments, I would suggest you have them both together because then the effects will be seen and it will give you that WOW factor.

How long do dermal fillers?

This does vary from person to person, as the time a filler takes to degrade does depend on an individual’s metabolism. It will also depend on the area injected and the type of dermal filler used, but an average length of time could be anything from 6 – 12 months. It does seem that if you have the filler repeated in an area, it can then last longer each time.

Can dermal fillers be used for eye bags?

Dermal fillers are generally not used to treat “eye bags”. If there is an “eye bag” present then this would indicate loose skin and fat protrusion under the eye, which is a typical sign of ageing. If there is a significant amount of loose skin then eyelid surgery is probably the best solution.

If there is a depression or hollow under the eye, this may be helped by dermal fillers, but carried out by a specialist in this area. Sometimes just the use of a good eye cream can make the area look much better.

Can dermal fillers be used for a sagging jawline?

With careful placement, dermal fillers can help improve the look of a sagging jaw line, by using dermal fillers to restore volume to the mid face/cheek area a lift will be seen at the jaw line. A full consultation would be necessary to assess whether this treatment is right for you and the amount of filler needed.

If you would like to find out more information on Dermal Fillers or would like to book a consultation please give the team a call on 01844 318825 or fill out the contact form and one of the team will be in touch.