Cost: £150 – £300 per session
Treatment Time: Under 1 Hour
Recovery Time: No Downtime
Longevity: 6 – 12 months for HA fillers
Popularity: >10 Million treatments globally in 2017
Everything You need to know about Dermal Fillers
What is Dermal Fillers?
Fillers, or Dermal Fillers, are injections used to fill out wrinkles and creases in the skin, and to increase the volume and definition of the lips and cheeks.
Why do people have Dermal Fillers?
People choose to have dermal filler treatment to add volume, alter the contours of the face, and/ or to fill in wrinkles. Generally, dermal fillers are used to fill wrinkles below the nose, while Botulinum toxin injections are used to erase wrinkles above the nose. Most common sites for dermal fillers are Glabellar wrinkles (or the Elevens refer to the lines and creases between the eyebrows), tear trough (areas under our eyes), cheek volume, lip volume, marionette lines (also known as nasolabial folds or laugh lines are creases or folds that run vertically from the corners of the mouth down to the chin) and chin wrinkles.
Ultimately, most people see dermal fillers as a way to get a fuller, smoother and more youthful appearance, resulting in an external look which matches with how they feel inside.
Am I a good candidate?
If you believe you have lines or wrinkles around your mouth, eyes or forehead, or would like to enhance the volume in areas such as the cheeks, jaw line or lips or you have scars and depressions in the skin resulting from acne, injury or congenital imperfections, then you may want to consider dermal fillers.
However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is not advisable to have filler injections since the effects on the baby aren’t known.
What are my options?
Filler treatment takes only a few minutes and doesn’t require anesthesia though some fillers contain a local anesthetic like lidocaine to enhance comfort. The results are visible immediately following the procedure and can be temporary, semi-permanent, or permanent.
Temporary Fillers: these are Collagen-Based Fillers (Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that adds strength and structure to the skin), or Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers (Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance and primarily used to promote fullness and volume) or Calcium Hydroxylapatite Based (Calcium Hydroxylapatitea is also naturally occurring material and is usually found in bones). Effects of collagen fillers last from 2-4 months and HA fillers last from 6-12 months
Semi-Permanent Fillers: these typically contain thicker substances, such as the biodegradable synthetic filler known as poly-L-lactic acid. These types of soft tissue fillers are used to treat deeper facial lines, and the results last for 12-18 months.
Permanent Fillers: these are made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), which are microspheres that are not absorbed by the body. The filler also contains collagen and is only recommended for thick-skin areas such as the nasolabial folds. It is not recommended for any areas around the eyes or for the lips. The results last for up to five or more years.
What should I look out for?
Non surgical is not non medical, and hence it is essential that you find an appropriately educated, trained and experienced healthcare professional for your treatment. Filler injections are relatively low risk in the hands of a good medical practitioner.