What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are colourless gels that provide a safe and effective treatment for restoring a youthful appearance to the skin. This is achieved by reducing the looks of moderate to severe wrinkles and folds, restoring the natural contour and firmness of the skin for a smoother and plumper aesthetic.
What is the main ingredient in dermal fillers?
The active ingredient is Hyaluronic Acid, a natural element which is found within our living cells, making it a safer alternative to silicone and older collagen fillers. As we age, we produce less of this natural acid and this leads to dehydration, a lack of volume and deepening of wrinkles and lines. Restoring Hyaluronic Acid levels to the skin can help to achieve a significant reduction in static wrinkles for a refreshed, youthful aesthetic.
What can dermal fillers be used to treat?
This is a safe and effective treatment for restoring a youthful appearance to the skin, with results that are long lasting and without pain. Dermal fillers can be used to reduce the appearance of deep folds and wrinkles, augment the appearance of lips and improve signs of acne scarring. It also be used to treat smile lines, sunken cheeks, décolletage, tear troughs and cheekbone enhancement.
What is involved in the treatment?
You will first need to meet with our team for a consultation to determine if dermal fillers are the best treatment for your skin needs. If this is the case, your skin will be prepared by applying anaesthetic cream to support your comfort during the process, then small amounts of dermal filler will be injected into your skin via a fine needle. This will be delivered in a clinically safe and hygienic environment, and after-care advice will be provided to ensure you remain safe after the treatment.
What happens after the treatment?
There will be some swelling, redness and maybe bruising at the injection site for a few days following the treatment, in which case a cold compress and paracetamol can be used to ease any short-term painful side-effects. Patients are however usually able to start seeing the beneficial results of dermal fillers instantly. It is normally recommended that you avoid vigorous exercise and sun exposure for a day or two days after the treatment.
How long do the results last?
The effects of dermal filler treatment will usually last between six months to a year. We will work with you to achieve a natural look, as we only inject the amount of dermal filler needed to achieve this type of look.
Where should I get treatment?
Dermal filler treatment is available throughout the UK but it is important that you choose a qualified skin specialist who will take the time to consider the results you want to achieve and why. They will then be able to inform you whether or not dermal fillers are the best treatment to complement your appearance, taking into account factors such as your face, facial symmetry and budget.