Dermal fillers are biocompatible substances that are injected into the face for two main purposes; 1. To restore volume to the face that is naturally lost with ageing 2. To reverse or soften wrinkles by hydrating, lifting and tightening of the skin.
Dermal fillers can also be used to define and create contours in the face e.g. creating lip and jaw definition.
We use Hyaluronic Acid dermal fillers which is a naturally occurring substance in the skin which is known to attract water and help hydrate the skin. They are fully reversible fillers and can last between 6 months and 2 years, depending on the type of filler used, the location it is injected and the individuals metabolism.
Dermal Fillers can be used almost anywhere in the face, however there are some main indications for the use of dermal fillers in the face which provide the most safe and effective outcome.
– Lips – as we age lips decrease in volume and we lose definition of the borders. Fillers can be used to restore volume in the lips and recreate a nice defined border e.g. the cupids bow.
– Cheeks – we can restore volume in sunken cheeks and tighten overlying skin.
– Around the eyes- We can help decrease the dark circles around the eyes, as well as soften the tear troughs, creating a smoother transition between your lower eyelids and your cheeks.
– Temples – we can restore volume lost in the temple region. Hollow temples is a subtle sign of ageing and creating roundness to the face in this area can help restore a youthful contour as well as support the eye brows and the cheeks.
– Nasolabial folds – These are the folds between your nose and your mouth on either side of your face that can become more pronounced as we age. Dermal filler can be used to restore volume to this area, therefore lifting and tightening the skin and softening the folds.
– Marionette lines – these lines can form from the sides of the mouth and run down to the side of the chin – much like the Nasolabial folds. Fillers can again restore volume to this area, lift and tighten the skin and therefore soften or reverse the lines.
– Chin – augmentation of the chin can help restore balance to the face from both frontal view and the side profile.
– Jaw – dermal fillers can be used to help define the angle of the jaw and create a smoother line from the jaw to the chin which is often lost or sagging as a result of ageing. This can be performed in a slimming way for females, and also can be used to create a squarer jaw for males.
These are just some of the indications for dermal fillers, however an individualised approach based on your own face and your desired results will be discussed.
Like all medical procedures, even non invasive procedures carry some risk. General possible side effects can include pain, swelling, bruising and redness at the injection site. Usually these side effects are temporary and localised to the area of injection.
More serious risks or potential complications although very rare needs to be explained and discussed with your doctor. Examples of these are infection, immune reaction to the filler and accidental blocking of a vessel causing damage to the skin. These risks and potential complications will be explained by your doctor.
Dermal filler injections are performed safely everyday in Australia by trained professionals. Dermal Fillers are doctor only prescription treatments.
– You are advised to stop any blood thinning medication or supplement in the days leading up to treatment – only in consultation with your treating Doctor.
– No strenuous exercise or activity for 12 hours post procedure is advised.
– No direct firm pressure to the treated area for 24 hours post treatment e.g. facials or sleeping on your face.
– You can used simple analgesia such as paracetamol post procedure for mild pain.
– You can used cool packs to reduce swelling and chance of bruising, as long as it is applied softly and carefully.
– No make up is advised for 2 hours post procedure.
– Otherwise you can resume normal activity straight after dermal filler treatments.
– A review at 2 weeks post treatment may be necessary if your Doctor advises, however this is not always necessary
– Please always reports any unexpected increasing redness, swelling or pain post treatment to your doctor.