What is it?
Dermal fillers are a soft tissue filler injected into the skin to help fill in facial wrinkles, restoring a the surface to a smoother profile. Most dermal fillers are temporary because they are eventually absorbed by the body. Rather than just smoothing or tightening skin, dermal injectable fillers aims to change the facial profile to a younger one. The injection of filler materials under the skin can fill in deep folds, such as nasolabial folds (also called "bracket lines", running from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth), create plumper lips and improve the aesthetics from the hollow around cheeks and eyes. Collagen used to be the standard filler, but now hyaluronic acid used and is more popular.
The fillers tend to be applied around the following areas (click the image on the right for example treatment areas):
- Soften lines and folds around the face
- Around the mouth (Marrionette Lines - the long verticle lines that circumscribe the chin)
- Around the eyes
- Around the forehead
How much does it cost?
This depends on how much is injected. The number of units you'll need will depend on how active your muscles are. This treatment starts at around £200.00. An in depth consultation will be required to assess the required amount as some areas, such as the marionettes can require 2-3 syringes of filler injected over a 2-3 week period due to the loss of volume in this area. It is important to ensure the correct amount is used to give the very best results.
Is it painful?
Anesthetic is not usually required as the injections are very tiny causing little discomfort. The sensation can be a stinging as the solution is injected but only lasts for a few seconds.
How long does it take to work?
Results are instant with filler and will continue to improve over the few weeks after the treatment.
Can you tell I have had it done?
After the treatment, there may be some slight redness and bruising, which need to be taken into consideration but this will usually subside within a few hours. Make-up should not be worn for a minimum of 12 hours after but mineral make-up is perfectly safe to use immediately after the treatment.
How long does it last?
The effects of the facial injections typically last from four to six months, dependent on the product used but they can last longer with ongoing treatment.
Could anything go wrong with it?
As with all injectable treatments there is a minimal risk of infection, redness, bruising, hypersensitivity or vessel occlusion.
It's important to consider the ongoing cost of keeping up with the treatments to ensure that you get the best return on your investment in the long term.
(Click on the below images to see some of our treatments, before and after):