What is a Dermal Filler?
Dermal fillers are quite different from anti-wrinkle injections.
Dermal fillers add volume to the skin and enhance the appearance of certain facial features.
As we age, the collagen in our skin loses volume and causes the skin to be thinner and less capable of self repair. Additionally, the body’s storage of hyaluronic acid also depletes with age causing folds and wrinkles and a more sunken appearance of the facial features to develop. Injecting dermal filler therefore restores this lost volume.
The most common form of dermal filler is made of hyaluronic acid. This is a substance which is naturally found in your body. It consists of a clear, injectable gel of various thicknesses and viscosity. It gradually breaks down over a period of time and fillers therefore are of temporary effect… though the continuous development of the products in this range mean that the effects of them in some cases can last several years.
Why is consultation so important?
Whereas Botox© injections are quite scientific in their application – dermal fillers are quite ‘artistic’… A good practitioner must have a keen eye for what is required and an in-depth knowledge of not only facial anatomy but that of the hundreds of various dermal filler products on the market.
Correct product selection is essential for a truly customised and tailored treatment. At our Clinics, with over ten years experience – our Senior Practitioner and Medical Staff pride themselves in extensive product knowledge and ethical protocols regarding treatments.
You could not be in safer hands!
Because of this, our Clinics literally stock hundreds of different types of Dermal Filler – all pharmaceutical grade and CE certified. Your treatment plan will be extensively discussed with you at consultation – and prices determined once a decision is made upon which products and amounts will be used.
Is there any downtime following a dermal filler treatment?
Not generally – other than the typical possible reactions of bruising and swelling, treatments with dermal filler is generally non-invasive and most people can return to their daily lives/work almost immediately. In the case of lip fillers some additional swelling may occur in the first 24-48 hours, this is transient in nature and generally not self-limiting in any way.
How quickly should I expect results?
Results can be seen immediately following treatment but continue to develop in the first few weeks after treatment. Dermal fillers plump, soften and swell in the first 2-4 weeks following their initial administration and true results are seen 4-5 weeks post treatment. Results can further be enhanced with additional treatment – but we should recommend waiting at least this amount of time before making that decision.
How long can I expect the treatment to last?
All depends on the amount and type of product used and the area treated. Some softer products in delicate areas may only last 6-9 months with the majority lasting from 9 months up to 2 years. Subsequent treatments build upon each other and once an area is treated 2-3 times it is not uncommon for this result to last several years (area/product dependant).
What complications, if any, can arise and how can they be managed?
One of the best things about hyaluronic acid dermal fillers is that they are not permanent. However, further peace of mind can be given by the fact that complications can be reversed and dissolved by the correct administration of Hyalase – a prescription medication available at the clinic by our in house medical staff. We are however proud to say, we have never had to reverse any of our own work!
Clinical over-sight is a priority in our Establishments – all of our treatments are backed up by appropriate medical staff.
What dermal filler treatments are offered at the Clinic?
Our ethos in the clinic is that ALL dermal fillers should remain NATURAL enhancements of our Clients own features. They should be used to restore soft tissue loss and volume on the face and in certain circumstances sculpt and define facial features.
The following list gives an overview of the number of possible treatments offered at our Clinics…
Lip Enhancement/Vertical Lip Lines
As a professional establishment we firmly believe that lips can be both natural and full without looking ‘over filled’ and ‘sausage like’… Our Clinics stock over 20 different brands of dermal filler suitable for lip enhancements and our thorough consultation process means we take great pride in achieving the look preferred by our clients – within clear ethical and professional boundaries.
It is our belief that beautiful lips are created with small subtle adjustments over a period of time. Dermal filler in this area can also be used to restore loss of volume around the mouth area itself – rectifying vertical lip lines (lip stick bleed lines) and balancing top and bottom lip projection.
Skilled injection techniques in the cheek area can create high definition cheek bones that contour the face and can likewise be used to naturally lift sunken cheeks and restore youthful facial volume without the appearance of ‘over filling’… (otherwise known as ‘pillow face’)
Placement of the dermal filler using both cannula and pocket filling techniques involve placing the product above the periosteum (bone) and such techniques used create safe, natural results… with minimum downtime.
Jaw and Chin Contouring
Jaw contouring is the perfect dermal filler treatment if the client desires a stronger, more defined jawline or would like to mask the appearance of jowls… Chin contouring uses dermal filler to reshape and define the chin to improve the balance of facial features.
It is often combined with a jaw contouring treatment to elongate and sculpt the face to create a greater definition of the facial features. A cannula technique is used for safety, minimal bruising and downtime.
Often one of the key features of the way we age comes with loss of volume at the temples. More than any other sign of ageing, loss of volume here can make both men and women look aged, tired and sometimes even unwell. By placing volume here, we can not only restore the volume to the upper face, well placed temple filler creates an immediate lifting effect.
Adding volume to the temple also tends to accentuate the brow, creating a brow lift because placing the filler deep in this region provides more structure to the underlying skin.
These are also known as Nose-Mouth lines – this is a subtle but effective way of restoring lost youthful facial volume without actually changing the dynamics of the face at all.
These wrinkles are often associated with droopy mouth corners and are commonly referred to as ‘puppet lines’.
Clients who desire to have these lines corrected often refer to themselves as looking miserable and this treatment is often commonly combined with lower face Botox© in the oral commissioners to lift up the corners of the mouth.
Depending on their depth and the possibility of combining them with other fillers (such as jaw/chin filler or filler above in the nasolabial folds), fillers in this area can also help reduce the appearance of jowls.
Dermal filler can be used to even out bumps, improve and sometimes straighten the nose. Without the surgical downtime, cost and recovery period associated with surgery, liquid rhinoplasties are rapidly becoming popular alternatives for both men and woman alike.
Tear Trough Filler
A tear trough often looks like a hollow tunnel or ‘half moon’ under the eye – making the eye appear very tired. Because of the lack of volume in this area the eye will also often appear dark and skin on the superficial dermis can appear dehydrated and ‘crepey’.
Correct restoration of this area with a specific dermal filler and cannula technique can beautifully restore this area to its previous youth… and help alleviate most if not all of these ageing issues.
It is worth noting it is both skilled technique and correct product selection that are both vital to the success of this treatment and the treatment is often combined with cheek filler in the malar pad region to correct the sunken appearance of the cheek area to give the most effective result…
This is otherwise known as:
The combined application of two different dermal fillers of various viscosity to restore volume to the under eye and cheek area, both providing volume and lift to the clients ‘Mid Face’.
These use a range of dermal fillers of varying types and including a range of techniques to ‘lift’ and enhance the face, in a similar way to a facelift, but without the cost or downtime.
Areas normally treated include all of the tear trough, cheek enhancement and the correction of lower facial loss, lines and lifting of the mouth/cheek area.
This is generally more suitable for the more mature client with moderate/severe loss of facial volume and ageing around the cheek, mouth and jowl area. It is worth noting that anything from 5-10 ml of filler can be used for this treatment and multiple purchase discounts apply.
Guideline prices only – owing to product type, amount and treatment variations.
CONSULTATION IS VITAL.
1ml syringes –
from £125 – £150 from £180 – £275
(*Speciality Treatments such as Tear Trough, Liquid Rhinoplasty, Temple Enhancements and Chin Contouring carry a small surcharge owing to the face they are very advanced, skilled procedures. They also often require speciality products)
(*Discounts applied to multiple syringe treatments)