Introduction to Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers (sometimes known as wrinkle fillers) are injected into or under the skin to reduce the appearance of lines and restore lost volume, leaving you with more youthful and rejuvenated skin. They are commonly used for enhancing the lips, shaping and restoring volume in the cheeks and filling out lines and wrinkles on the face.
Dermal fillers can also be used after reconstructive surgery to smoothen out defects and help you regain your confidence.
Am I suitable?
Many of our patients come to us as they are unhappy with the effects of ageing on their skin. Lost volume, wrinkles and fine lines can appear with aging and dermal fillers can be used to target those areas, resulting in a more youthful appearance. Some patients also come to us after reconstructive plastic surgery to fill defects and regain their confidence.
The procedure and risks
Dermal filler treatments are carried out by highly skilled practitioners at Sthetix using advanced techniques for facial rejuvenation. They are available in different formulations: temporary, semi-permanent and permanent.
The consultant plastic surgeons here at Sthetix believe that the use of artificial permanent fillers can lead to long-term problems that are extremely difficult, and often impossible, to treat. Therefore, as a group of professionals we have decided not to use artificial permanent fillers in our practice. However, the exception is when a patient’s own fat is used by harvesting it from one area of the body and moving it to another. This method is known as fat transfer and you can read more about this procedure here.
Temporary fillers are made of hyaluronic acid (a natural substance produced by the body) and these fillers come in different forms (from relatively runny liquids to thick gels). The different forms are used in different areas of the face and body.
For example, a thick consistency filler (such as Voluma®, Restylane Sub-Q® or Belotero Volume®) can be used to replace volume lost with age (and can last 6-12 months), whereas softer fillers (such as Juvederm 3®, Restylane® or Belotero Intense®) are used for shaping and enhancing lips and filling deep lines (and can last from 6-9 months). And finally, very soft fillers (such as Juvederm Hydrate® or Belotero Soft®) are used for smoothing fine wrinkles on the surface of the skin (and can last up to 6 months).
Any injectable treatments carry risks and the dermal filler treatment is no different. The potential risks of this procedure include: itching, bruising, rashes and swelling. Other potential risks include movement of the filler over time, very rarely death of tissue or allergic reaction. Before the procedure, your surgeon will discuss the various risks in depth with you to ensure you make an informed choice.
Dermal fillers can also be used alongside other treatments for complete facial rejuvenation and this is known as a non-surgical facelift or liquid facelift.
When will I see results?
Results are instant but may continue to settle for up to two weeks.
How long does it take to recover?
Most patients who have dermal fillers can go back to work the day after the procedure.
Will there be bruising?
Bruising is the most common risk after injection of fillers. Roughly speaking, around 1 in 20 injections will result in a significant bruise.
Can you remove these fillers if don’t like the result?
The hyaluronic acid fillers can be dissolved by use of an enzyme.