Commonly known as 'fillers' , 'filler' or by area e.g. 'lip filler'
What is dermal filler?
Dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar chain molecule found in all skin and soft tissues throughout the body, identical across species. Hyaluronic acid attracts and binds water in the skin, providing volume and hydration, but also ‘cushioning’ and supporting collagen and elastin fibres and providing a medium, or carrier, for chemical messages between the cells. This action helps soften fine lines and wrinkles, adding volume and contour to facial features such as the lips that have lost their fullness due to ageing, sun exposure, illness, etc. Facial rejuvenation can be carried out with minimal complications.
These dermal fillers are injected into the skin with a very fine needle. The products produce a natural volume under the wrinkle, which is lifted up and smoothed out. The results can often be seen immediately. Treating wrinkles with these dermal fillers is fast and safe and leaves no scars or other traces on the face. Dermal fillers contain NO animal or human product.
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How much does dermal filler cost?
Prices start from £250
How do I prepare for my dermal filler appointment?
Does dermal filler hurt?
When administered by a trained professional you should experience minimal discomfort. The dermal filler products that I use contain lidocaine , a local anaesthetic substance, that numbs the skins nerves in the area being treated. When the numbing agent wears off , around 1 hrs time, you can experience some mild discomfort so I would advise over the counter pain relief such as paracetamol. Areas that are more sensitive , like the lips, can mean you may feel more discomfort following the procedure but this can be easily managed with pain relief as mentioned.
Is dermal filler safe?
Yes, when administered by a trained professional with a license to practice which I have. The products that I use, such as Juvederm, have undergone extensive testing to ensure the safety of the product. Hyaluronic acid , the main substance in dermal fillers, naturally occur in our body so work well with your own skin.
Dermal fillers are manufactured, usually through fermentation and cross linking with proteins to produce a clear, sterile gel for injection into the skin. In the UK, there are over 160 brands on the market due in some part to weak regulation. Not all hyaluronic acids are the same, each brand has a range of ‘tissue tailored’ products designed for specific results. One size does not fit all. At this clinic we use only tried and tested brands. If you have a particular brand you prefer, please discuss with us. Leading and well established brands include Restylane and Juvederm.
Dermal fillers are safe, but not risk free, the nurse practitioner will discuss all the risks and benefits with you at consultation and again prior to treatment.
How long will the treatment last?
Longevity does vary between products, and between individuals, but most will last between 6 months and 18 months. If you choose not to maintain the results with further treatment, your skin will return to its pre-treatment state over time.
Am I suitable for dermal filler?
The practitioner will take a detailed medical history to ensure you have no conditions that might increase risk of unwanted side effects, consultation is also important to discuss your expectations and whether or not this treatment is able to meet them.
Is it painful?
Most leading brands also contain a local anaesthetic and we will apply strong topical anaesthetic cream, or ice, prior to treatment to numb the skin. Treatment need not be painful.
Can dermal filler be removed?
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