1. In a nutshell what are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are an anti-ageing, aesthetic treatment which revitalise your skin. Dermal fillers create volume, and boost your natural shape whilst reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
They work by plumping up the skin to produce volume and `fill out’ lines and wrinkles.
Dermal fillers consist of a substance called hyaluronic acid; a non-harmful substance natural to the human body. The hyaluronic acid is chemically altered to produce a gel which creates the filler.
Dermal fillers are a non-surgical option to boost your skin, and reverse the effects of ageing.
2. Which areas can be treated with dermal filler?
At Dental & Skin the areas we treat with dermal filler are:
Lip volume, lip definition, nasolabial folds, cheek volume, chin Marionettes, lip lines, tear troughs, jawline and nose rejuvenation.
3. How long do dermal fillers last for?
The lasting effects of dermal filler does vary from patient to patient, depending on how fast each individual patient’s’ body dissolves the filler.
However, the most common time for filler to last for is between 6-12 months.
We would recommend a top up treatment every 6 months to maintain optimum results.
4. What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that exists naturally in the human body. It plays an important part in the transmission of nutrients as well as in the movement of joints.
Hyaluronic acid helps to maintain collagen levels, and is an excellent moisturiser for the skin.
It’s ability to keep the skin looking moisturised, create volume and boost elasticity all make hyaluronic acid an excellent anti-ageing product.
One of the greatest advantages of hyaluronic acid are their reversibility. If a patient requires for their cheek filler to be dissolved, this is easily done by injecting a substance called hyaluronidase.
Injecting hyaluronic acid can only be carried out by a trained practitioner, this is because only a trained doctor can estimate how much filler would need to be injected.
5. What are the risks/side effects?
At Dental & Skin we rarely experience patients with severe side effects after dermal filler treatment.
Side effects from the product itself are extremely rare, however, patients may experience side effects from the injection itself.
These side effects can include: redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising or tenderness at the injection site. After lip enhancement, lips may swell for up to a week, but this typically reduces after two to three days. The risk that more serious complications occur are very rare with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers.
6. What will happen in my appointment?
At Dental & Skin we offer all patients a free consultation. This is where we will assess your skin, desired results and expectations from treatment. We will then offer our advice on which filler is best suited to your treatment needs.
Before we go ahead some medical history, and consent forms will need to be filled out.
The dermal filler will then be injected into the skin in small amounts, using a fine needle. The treatment time usually lasts between 15-30 minutes long.
After treatment has been carried out we will offer our patient a review appointment to complete treatment notes and assess results in a few weeks time.
7. Will I experience any pain?
We find that most patients undergoing dermal filler treatment do not experience any pain. This is because the product we use contains Lidocaine which is a local anaesthetic.
The exception to this, can be when having dermal filler injected into the lips. This is due to the nerves in the lips being highly sensitive. When injecting into the lips we can use a local or topical anaesthetic to make patients more comfortable.
8. Pre and Post Treatment Advice
We would advise patients before treatment to avoid anti-inflammatory painkillers. Doing this will reduce the likeliness of bruising or swelling.
After treatment patients should: avoid direct sunlight, wear sunscreen, avoid heavy exercise for 24 hours and avoid alcohol for 1 to 2 days.
If patients do experience any bruising or swelling after treatment, this can be reduced by applying an ice pack.
9. What are the different brands of dermal fillers?
There are many different types of dermal fillers on the market. At Dental & Skin, we only use trusted and evidence based brands of fillers.
Juvederm is a popular brand of filler that can be used on all skin types.
Juvederm is one of the more natural, smooth looking filler that produces long lasting results.
Patients who are treated with Juvederm require little down time, and can resume normal activities. Other skin treatments can also be carried out with Juvederm.
Juvederm is made up of hyaluronic acid, natural to the human body.
Restylane is a great option for patients who want to build up volume and smooth out facial contours. This is because when injected, the doctor can mould the filler to the desired shape, and the patient can guide them too.
With Restylane you are less likely to experience any lumps.
Restylane is a good choice if you are concerned about your smokers lines.
Restylane is made from hyaluronic acid, which dissolves naturally into the human body.
Restylane does not contain an anaesthetic. Therefore for patients who are susceptible to pain, a local anaesthetic is often necessary.
Perlane is a great option for patients who are concerned about the deeper wrinkles or lines on their face. This is due to Perlane being a denser molecule and so restoring greater volume.
Perlane produces minimal bruising, however, most patients do not find this painful.
The results from Perlane often last longer than other brands of filler, and is most commonly used on the cheeks and lips for deeper lines.
Perlane is not a great option for patients who want to treat their fine lines.
13. Belotero Balance
This brand of filler is a great option for patients who have mild to severe lines and wrinkles.
This filler is most commonly used to treat the mouth and lip area.
There is very little down time with Belotero and patients can resume their normal daily activities.
Belotero is not a good option for patients who have allergies.
14. Why dermal filler treatment at Dental & Skin?
At Dental & Skin our doctor has a Masters in Restorative & Aesthetics with over 10 years experience in the field.
We offer free consultations and will provide patients with all knowledge prior to any treatment.
We offer many brands of filler and work with our patients desired results and expectations to provide excellent results.
We work around your busy schedule with evening appointments and review appointments.