WHAT ARE THEY?
As the skin ages, it gradually loses some of its collagen, hyaluronic acid and fat. These are the materials that prevent the skin from becoming droopy or saggy. Dermal fillers help to restore our skin to its former youthful appearance. Material is injected into the skin in areas where it needs to be plumped up again and made to look firmer.
Which one do you use?
There are many kinds of fillers and new ones are coming onto the market every day. They are generally made from either collagen or hyaluronic acid. They last between 6-12 months. Some common brand names include Teosyal, Restylane, Hydrafill, Juvederm and Radiesse. We use Teosyal, which is an Award Winning 100% hyaluronic acid based dermal filler. We use it as it is a non-animal product, it causes less pain and swelling on injection, it is very versatile and it has a superb safety record. Furthermore, it is temporary, giving you the chance to reassess your needs in 6-12 months. Over 600 000 syringes were injected before January 2008. Less than 1 in 20,000 reported any side effects, all of which were temporary and mild.
Which areas can be treated with dermal filler?
- Nasolabial lines (nose to cheek lines)
- Diagonal lines from corner of mouth (marionette lines)
- Vertical lines around mouth (smokers lines)
- Frown lines
- Horizontal brow lines
- Scar treatment (including acne scars)
Does it hurt?
The injections usually last under 5 minutes. The needle used is incredibly fine and pain is usually not an issue especially after the numbing cream.
What are possible side effects of dermal fillers?
These are incredibly safe injections. There may be slight redness and swelling at the injection site. Occasionally there may be some minor bruising. This generally subsides over 72 hours. Lumps at the injection site are avoided by massaging the product in.
When will I see results and how long will it last for?
The results are visible immediately. The degree of correction is dependent on the patient's wishes and the amount of product used. The result usually last 6-12 months.