Dermal fillers are used to give volume and structure to the skin, plumping up deep lines. The most common areas treated are the nasolabial folds (side of nose to corner of mouth) and the lips. Marionette lines (from corner of mouth to chin) can also be treated.
Modern fillers are made from hyaluronic acid stabilized into a gel. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in most tissues of the body.
Please also note that only the leading brands of filler are used.
Please read through these frequently asked questions.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are a soft injectable gel consisting of stabilized, non-animal hyaluronic acid. The gel is tissue-friendly and closely resembles the hyaluronic acid that exists naturally in the body. It is long-lasting but not permanent.
Dermal filler treatments are widely used in medical aesthetics to add volume, plump up and reduce the appearance of lines and folds.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that occurs naturally in the human body and is central to regulating cell growth and renewal. HA has impact on a number of functions in the body, some of which are to bind water, lubricate the movable parts of the body (muscles and joints) and to maintain the elasticity of the skin.
How do dermal filler treatments work?
Due to the properties of hyaluronic acid, once injected an instant volumizing effect can be seen. There is a longer term binding with water which increases hydration. Unwanted folds and wrinkles can be “plumped up” to reduce their appearance, resulting in a smoother, more youthful looking skin.
Are dermal filler treatments safe?
The modern hyaluronic fillers are much safer then the early fillers which were an injection of liquid silicone. This was what was used in some high profile celebrity cases.
Fillers may be dangerous if injected into a blood vessel, which is why you should only allow trained medical personnel to undertake this procedure.
Bruising may occur and sometimes some minor swelling. Allergy is rare.
Occasionally a lump of filler may become apparent, which is usually dispersed by massage. However, an injection may be given to dissolve the lump.
Which areas can be treated?
The most common areas treated are:
Nasolabial folds (lines between the nose and corner of the mouth).
Marionette lines (from the corner of the mouth downwards).
Lips (Enhance the shape, definition and volume of lips).
What is involved with dermal filler treatments?
The dermal filler is gently injected into specific areas of your skin to reduce the depth of the skin crease. The exact depth and number of injections is customized to give you the most natural result. Different consistency/ weight of dermal filler can be used in different areas of your face to produce the most effective result.
The procedure takes about 15-30 minutes and the results are immediately visible. Patients can continue with their normal day after treatment.
You should leave the treated area alone for 48 hours to let it settle. We advise that you do not have a facial or similar treatment that may disturb the products or expose the newly-treated areas to strong sunlight for 2-3 days.
In the days after the treatment there may be some redness and minimal swelling, which normally settles in 1-2 days. Occasionally patients can suffer some bruising at the injection site.
How long do the effects of a dermal filler treatment last?
One of the great advantages of dermal filler treatment is that the effects are long lasting but not permanent. Duration depends on many factors, such as the area treated, individual’s skin type, skin condition, lifestyle and age. Generally the effects can last between 6-12 months.
Does dermal filler treatment need pain relief?
Some clients may experience the treatment as a mild discomfort. The lips are extremely sensitive and as such cause most discomfort. Ranges of dermal fillers containing local anaesthetic are available which ease any discomfort.
At Upper Denby dental local anaesthetic injections can be used to eliminate all discomfort.
What about lip enhancement?
Lip enhancement is an extremely popular treatment for those who are seeking to replace lost volume, enhance lip shape or to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
At Upper Denby we use only the Juvederm range of fillers. New Juvederm Hydrate and Juvederm Smile are specially designed products to create beautiful, natural looking results. Both products are hyaluronic acid based fillers, but developed for different treatments. Juvederm Smile is formulated to restore hydration and plumpness to the lips, which are lost with age, but without giving extra volume.
Juvederm Hydrate gives an especially soft result and is excellent for treating small lines around lips and helps to treat dry, flaking lip skin. The results gained are extremely subtle and are especially suitable for more conservative clients, who want a very natural look.