Dermal Fillers

We use sterile gels that consist of non-animal based hyaluronic acid, a molecule that occurs naturally in the human body and one of the main components of the extra-cellular matrix within the skin. This molecule has excellent water-holding capacity (it can retain 1,000 times its own weight in moisture) and gives the skin youthful plumpness and tone. As we age the level and quality of the hyaluronic acid in our body decreases. The skin loses its elasticity, becomes drier and less plump. By replenishing the declining levels of the body’s naturally occurring hyaluronic acid, skin’s structure can be restored and lines and folds can be corrected.

In addition, the gels contain 0.3% lidocaine a local anaesthetic agent to minimise discomfort and post treatment bruising. This treatment is temporary and can last anywhere from 4-6 months up to one year.

 

Dermal fillers are commonly used to treat cheeks, marionette lines, thin lips, lip lines, nasolabial folds, jowls and sagging skin.  Dermal fillers can also be used to restructure facial features such as the nose, chin and jawline.

Important information for before and after your treatment

Before your appointment:

  • To minimise the risk of bruising, please avoid having caffeine containing drinks (e.g. coke, tea, green tea, coffee & pre-workout drinks) and alcohol 24 hours before your treatment.  Some supplements such as Ginkgo Biloba, St. John’s Wort, and vitamin E can also increase the risk of bruising.

  • Filler injections should be avoided weeks before and weeks after COVID vaccination.

  • Botox treatment should be avoided at least week after receiving COVID vaccination.

After your filler appointment:

  • Do not touch the face or apply cosmetic products including makeup to the treated areas for the rest of the day. This includes lip balms and lipsticks. It is fine to wash your face at night as you would do normally.

  • Avoid strenuous exercise or temperature extremes (eg saunas/ steam rooms) for at least 48 hours or until any swelling has resolved.

  • Apply ice (wrapped in clean cloth/ gauze) for 10 minutes every hour if swelling is significant.

  • Swelling is normal and will increase over the 1-3 days after treatment before improving.

  • Care not to bite or burn the lips until any numbness has worn off.

  • Swelling can be uneven and discreet tender lumps may be felt within the lips.

  • The lips may feel tender and lumpy for a few weeks.

  • If you experience SIGNIFICANT and WORSENING pain, see skin on the face which looks pale/ blue or mottled or have any other concerns you should contact us immediately.

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