Dermal fillers are aesthetic gel based treatments injected into the skin. They are specifically designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, contour the face and create volume. Some dermal fillers are also used to hydrate and revitalise your skin.
Dermal fillers are based on a substance that occurs naturally in your body – Hyaluronic Acid. Its normal function is to bind water so it acts as a lubricant and shock absorber in movable parts of the body, such as joints. It is also important for the transport of nutrients and in regulating water balance in skin. By boosting your skin with this naturally occurring substance, dermal fillers revitalise and add volume to the area instantly. This diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and giving a natural softer look. The gel we use is very tissue-friendly and closely resembles that which exists in the body.
How is the procedure done?
While Botox can be injected in a few minutes, facial dermal fillers take longer as we are "sculpting" the face with filler. This is an art and you need to inject a little and then look at the face and inject a little more. It is a slow process but if it is done carefully in the end it should give an excellent effect.
Dr Tara Kidd will evaluate your facial appearance and skin tone before performing any injections.
The skin will be cleansed with an antibacterial agent, and then depending on where an injection is placed, the patient usually has a topical numbing cream applied first and sometimes a numbing injection administered (especially for fillers in the nasolabial folds). The filler injections themselves usually take five to thirty minutes per area.
While not painless, the injections are usually easily tolerated. You may be offered an ice pack to reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort, although many patients find no swelling at all especially with the new generation of dermal fillers.
Recovery time varies for each patient and for each type of filler injected. You can resume most activities right away, but it is generally recommended that you avoid intense physical activity for the first 24-48 hours to minimize swelling and bruising.
How long does the result last?
Results are apparent immediately after the procedure, so you leave the clinic with an immediate improvement.
Most dermal fillers will last between six to 18 months, depending on which filler is used and how your body responds to the treatment.