Each individual has their own concept of beauty and their own unique aesthetic goals. Dermal fillers are a type of aesthetic treatment that may be used to achieve a wide range of different effects across the face. They are commonly used to fill (reduce facial lines and wrinkles); to volumize (add volume to the cheeks, chin and lips); and to lift (enhance and maintain facial shapes and contours).
Dermal filler results are visible on the day of your treatment and continue to improve over the next two to four weeks as the product gradually attracts and absorbs water. Your results will vary, depending on your current ageing process and your individual body’s response to treatment.
Expect treatment to take about 15 to 20 minutes – or, if you plan to go ahead with treatment on the same day as your consultation, allow 45 minutes for your whole visit.
Face fillers, otherwise known as dermal fillers, are small injections of gel, typically made up of hyaluronic acid, that fill in wrinkles and add volume to soft tissue. You can have dermal fillers in different parts of your face: around the eye, cheeks, mouth and jawline, as well as lip fillers administered directly into the lip tissue.
Fillers basically restore lost volume to your face and plump areas, so that deep-set lines are smoothed. Why is this needed? As we get older our bodies stop producing collagen and elastin, both of which contribute to the youthful look. Experts argue over when we start losing collagen, but the generally agreed age is 25. Pretty young, right? Your collagen and elastin levels then decline at a rate of about 2% per year. Your body will have stopped producing it altogether by your late twenties.
It depends how your body reacts and which hyaluronic acid is used, but most face fillers will last between six and 18 months.
‘It’s easy for clients to confuse side effects to reactions, so it’s extremely important to understand what side effects can be expected,’ says Dr Loong. ‘Temporary side effects – those that are completely normal after facial injections – can include; swelling, redness and tenderness.’ ‘It’s completely normal to experience a little bit of discomfort, redness and bruising after the procedure. Reactions generally occur immediately after the needle injection and can include; redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising and tenderness at the injection location.’ ‘These reactions are generally mild to moderate and usually disappear shortly after injection, usually resolved a few days after the injection into the skin.’
‘There may be a slight discomfort whilst the filler is being injected into the face. But we minimize this by applying an anaesthetic cream before treatment. To provide further relief and alleviate as much pain as possible, our fillers contain a pre-mixed local anaesthetic.’