Dermal Fillers FAQs
What Happens During a Dermal Filler Treatment?
During filler treatments, a practitioner injects small amounts of filler under the skin. The treatment is quick and painless, and lasts under an hour.
Some treatments will require filler to be injected in multiple areas of the face. With more areas treated, the treatment will take longer. Treatments focusing on just one area of the face can be as quick as a few minutes.
How Can Dermal Fillers Enhance My Appearance?
Dermal filler products are known for their efficacy in improving the appearance of wrinkles. However, they are effective in many more ways.
As well as effectively treating wrinkles, medical professionals can use fillers to restore the face’s balance, symmetry and youthful proportions. By adding volume and providing additional structure to the scaffolding of the skin, fillers lift drooping areas and tighten folds and creases.
Dermal fillers are an incredibly customisable treatment. Using a range of fillers in different areas, they can improve the appearance of the skin in many ways and treat various aesthetic complaints.
Below are some of our most popular targeted treatments for dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers can be used to add definition and enhance the size of the lips. Lips can appear thin or lose volume over time due to many factors, such as sun damage, smoking, genetics or the natural ageing process. Dermal fillers can be an excellent solution for those looking to reduce the appearance of thin lips and boost confidence.
Cheek fillers are a very versatile treatment, primarily used to improve the appearance of sagging, gaunt cheeks and reduce or remove smile lines and wrinkles. However, they are also helpful for a variety of other aesthetic complaints. These fillers can also be used to camouflage facial asymmetry, improve the appearance of marionette lines, and strengthen a cheek contour, giving a more chiselled look. Medical professionals can even use them to disguise dark undereye shadows when placed near the nose bridge in the ‘lid-cheek junction’.
Under-eye fillers are a great solution to improve the appearance of tear troughs and under-eye dark circles. If a patient has dark circles caused by hyperpigmentation, fillers may not improve their skin’s appearance. However, dark circles and tear troughs are often caused by skin laxity as a result of sun exposure or age. For these, dermal fillers injected to add volume and evenness can yield excellent results.
Often referred to as a liquid facelift or liquid brow lift, fillers injected into the browline are an effective, non-surgical means of rejuvenating the appearance of the brow. These dermal fillers will subtly lift the eyes and brow.
Upper eyelid fillers
Hollowing of the upper eyelids, also called the A frame deformity, can be very ageing. Fillers can be injected into this region to restore a youthful appearance. With upper eyelid fillers, filler is injected into the area above the upper eyelid and below the brow bone. This adds volume and restores the fullness that gets lost due to genetics or age.
The non-surgical rhinoplasty, also referred to as the ‘liquid nose job’ and simply ‘nose filler’, is becoming increasingly popular. It is a great option for those looking to change their nose and facial features without the downtime of traditional rhinoplasty. By injecting dermal filler above and below bumps, the procedure makes a ‘hooked’ or ‘drooping’ nose look more straight. Injecting filler in and around the tip of the nose can also make it look thinner and more lifted.
Nasolabial line fillers
Fillers injected into the nasolabial area can significantly soften the appearance of nasolabial folds and smile lines. Dermal fillers can also be used in other areas of the face to lift similar creases and folds in the mouth, nose and jaw area.
When injected along the jawline, fillers add structure to the face and give the illusion of a more defined jaw. This also gives the illusion of a slimmer, longer jaw.
Dermal fillers to improve the appearance of scars
Dermal fillers are an effective way of reducing the appearance of scarring. Thanks to the volumising effect they have on the skin, they can dramatically improve the appearance of the skin to make it virtually unnoticeable. Filler is expertly injected into the scar site to push up the skin at its base. This means that the scar will be flush with the skin’s surface, making it much less noticeable.
By hydrating the skin, dermal fillers also improve the tone and texture of a scar, making it less noticeable. The hydrating and collagen-boosting effects of dermal fillers can even have a long-term impact even on the appearance of recessed scars. Collagen works to naturally repair the area over time, which means that while fillers may not entirely erase a scar, they can significantly improve its appearance.
For the most effective scar removal treatments, multiple dermal filler procedures are recommended. With each treatment, the fillers will further stimulate collagen production and improve skin hydration, contributing to the long-term appearance of the scar.
What Are Dermal Fillers Made From?
At NEO Health Clinic, we only use non-permanent, high-quality dermal fillers that are based on naturally occurring substances.
We use only FDA approved fillers from widely-respected brands. These use hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) bases. Both of these ingredients are either found in the body or mimic substances that naturally occur in the body.
Different fillers are suitable for different areas of the face and body, so the specific filler you will receive will depend on your treatment. Commonly-used brands include Juvederm, Restylane and Teoxane. These fillers are naturally broken down by the body over time and can also be dissolved with a dissolving substance, if necessary.
What Are Hyaluronic Acid Fillers?
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar naturally found in and produced by many tissues of the body. From hydration to mechanical protection, its natural functions vary greatly. It is primarily found naturally in connective tissue, neural tissue and epithelial tissue such as the skin. In the skin, this substance is vital for the production of new cells and tissues. It provides support to the scaffolding blocks of the skin and controls the balance of nutrients and moisture. As we age, the levels of this in the body naturally decrease. For this reason, skincare products such as serums and moisturisers often contain supplements of it.
Injectable dermal fillers are an excellent way to replace your reduced levels of this substance. Fillers provide the anti-ageing and rejuvenating effects in a much more efficient and beneficial manner than topically-applied products. These immediately-evident benefits have made the use of these fillers incredibly popular during aesthetic treatments. Popular fillers using this ingredient include Juvederm and Restylane.
What Are Calcium Hydroxylapatite Fillers?
Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) is a compound which occurs naturally in human bones. It is bioproduced for use in fillers, meaning that it is synthetically produced by humans. This means that it is also vegan-friendly. For use as a synthetic, injectable filler, it is added to an aqueous solution.
CaHA is especially effective as a filler thanks to its stimulation of natural collagen production. This makes it the perfect choice as a filler substance, since collagen helps to improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. With CaHA injections, treated skin continues to show improvements in texture and elasticity. It gives the skin a noticeable glow and sustained youthful appearance even months after treatment.
CaHA is FDA approved, meaning that it has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to improve the appearance of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and lines. One of the most common calcium hydroxylapatite-based fillers used in the UK is Radiesse, which we used in NEO Health Clinic for its immediate, long-lasting results, low-risk procedure and zero downtime. Both this type of filler and hyaluronic acid fillers contain lidocaine. Lidocaine acts as an anaesthetic to make the treatment more comfortable.
Are Fillers Safe?
Fillers are a well-tolerated substance with a high safety profile. Each product we use has undergone rigorous clinical testing, and research to further improve their benefits is continuously ongoing. Dermal fillers can be unsafe when administered by inexperienced or unqualified practitioners. At NEO Health Clinic, patient safety and satisfaction is our highest priority, so we have a very high level of regulation.
All procedures are performed exclusively by highly trained, board certified medical professionals within the setting of our aesthetic clinic. The most common fillers that we use can be easily dissolved. This means that, in the unlikely event that something should not go as a patient desires, we can easily dissolve the filler using an enzyme called hyaluronidase. We can then repeat the treatment to correct it, if necessary.
How Long Do Fillers Last?
Typically, fillers last from six months to a year. However, the level of activity and movement in the area injected with filler is a determining factor in how quickly the product will be broken down. Filler in areas with little facial movements, such as the under-eye area, will last longer. Conversely, areas of high movement, such as the lips, will be broken down quicker, requiring regular repeat treatments to maintain the desired appearance. The amount of filler used will also determine how long the results last. Areas like the cheek are dense. This means that more filler can be safely injected, which will naturally take longer to break down completely.
How Often Should Dermal Filler Treatments Be Repeated?
Dermal fillers are most effective at improving the appearance of the skin when scheduled as repeated treatments up to twice a year. Filler treatments stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen. The more treatments you undergo, the more your body will produce collagen, meaning that your skin will look more naturally plumped and healthy. After multiple treatments, the appearance of the skin can appear to be dramatically improved, meaning that less frequent treatments are needed.
Who Can Get Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers can safely be used with most patients. Those not suitable for dermal fillers include those with a history of reactions to dermal fillers, those with bleeding disorders, pregnant or breastfeeding women or those with known allergies to the ingredients of fillers.
Are There Any Adverse Effects Associated With Dermal Fillers?
As a safe, minimally-invasive treatment, dermal fillers do not typically cause any significant side effects. However, it is normal to experience bruising and swelling around the treated area. These are unlikely to last more than two weeks.
What Is The Recovery Time For Dermal Fillers?
You will usually be able to resume most of your daily activities immediately after your treatment. This varies between different patients and treatments, but generally, as minimally invasive treatments with no side effects, dermal fillers require no downtime.
How Should I Care For My Skin After A Filler Treatment?
While dermal fillers are relatively non-invasive, it is advised to follow your practitioner’s guidelines to ensure you get the optimal results from your treatment. Below are some general guidelines for caring for your skin after a dermal filler treatment.
- Touching your skin after treatment
It is best to avoid touching your face for 6 hours after a treatment. This is because excessively touching the treated area can disturb the filler. Some practitioners also advise against sleeping on your face shortly after your treatment, since it can put pressure on the treated area. However, if it is unavoidable, patients should not worry; it is unlikely to have a noticeable effect on your fillers.
- Physical activity
You should avoid intense physical activity for the first 24-48 hours after your treatment to minimise swelling and bruising.
- Eating and drinking
After lip filler treatments, it is recommended that you wait until the topical anaesthetic applied during the treatment wears off before eating. This is to avoid biting down on your lips and disturbing the fillers. It is also best not to wipe, pucker or contract your lips in the first 24 hours after your treatment, as this can also disturb the treatment. In order to minimise the appearance of bruising, patients are advised to avoid alcohol for 24 hours after a treatment, since it acts as a blood thinner.
- Makeup and skincare
Your face will be cleaned directly after your treatment, but you should avoid vigorously cleansing after this. It is also best to avoid applying makeup on the day of your treatment. You should also avoid intensive at-home or salon treatments such as facials, facial waxing, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion for two weeks after your treatment.
What Should I Expect From A Consultation?
The consultation is a key part of your treatment.
During a consultation, a board certified dermatologist will address any concerns the patient may have. They will also use this time to understand any pre-existing conditions they might have that could affect their treatment. Your consultation will allow you to communicate your desired results from your dermal fillers to your board certified practitioner. They will advise you on the specific filler treatment that is appropriate for you and will help you manage your expectations.
We perform thorough, in-depth consultations before all treatments to fully inform patients of the upcoming procedure and risks.
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