What is a Dermal Filler?
Dermal fillers are substances injected into or just under the skin and lips to restore volume and contours to the face. Fillers mainly consist of HA or hyaluronic acid. Always ask your medical practitioner which dermal filler they are using and ask as many questions as you like before treatments.
What is Hyaluronic Acid (HA)?
HA occurs naturally in the body, and forms part of the matrix supporting the function of our skin and joints. It can also be considered our skin’s internal moisturizer, absorbing a lot of water and hence being responsible for our skin’s hydration.
Which HA fillers do you use?
Here at Hush Aesthetic Clinic there are several brands available – Juvederm, Restylane and Teosyal are some common names. The area to be treated will largely dictate the filler we will use. Some fillers provide a longer duration of result as well as a greater lifting effect and your practitioner will be able to advise you on the correct one for your treatment. Some dermal fillers can treat very superficial lines and wrinkles.
There are speciality fillers for the under-eye area and are specifically designed for use in this area. There are also dermal fillers referred to as skin boosters which can aid in skin rejuvenation. Whenever possible we use fillers containing a local anaesthetic agent, making the treatment more comfortable.
Which areas can be treated with HA fillers?
HA fillers can be used in many different parts of the face and body but the most common areas that we treat are the cheeks, nose, chin and of course lips.
What does HA filler treatment involve?
Prior to treatment you will have a thorough consultation to discover your main concerns and priorities. We will also take a medical history to make sure fillers are a safe and appropriate treatment for you. Photographs will also be taken as a record. We may also mark our target areas and treatment plan on your face and take a further photograph as a personalised treatment record.
For some areas we may apply a local anaesthetic cream to numb the area whilst we talk. Treatment itself takes around 15-30 minutes. It involves injection of small amounts of a clear gel into or just below the skin.
Are the results instant?
HA fillers instantly add volume to a treated area, however the final effect should not be judged for 2 weeks after treatment. Immediately after treatment you may have redness and some swelling in the area. Furthermore most HA fillers absorb large amounts of water over the following 1 to 2 weeks, and so the effect can be further enhanced during this time.
How long do HA fillers last?
Most HA fillers will last between 9 and 12 months in most areas of the face. You should expect a lip treatment to last a little less – between 5 and 6 months – since we use our mouth so much causing the filler to degrade faster.