Juvederm®, Restylane®, Belotero®, and Teoxane Teosyal® and RHA®, are stabilized forms of hyaluronic acid used in the correction of lines, wrinkles, volume loss and folds of the facial skin. These proven non-allergenic, natural cosmetic dermal fillers are used to restore volume and fullness to the skin, thereby improving its appearance. Injectable fillers may also be used to enhance the appearance of the lips and some types of scars.
Some patients are reluctant to have fillers due to seeing people who have had fillers injected with poor technique and who have an obvious over-filled appearance. We provide our patients with a balanced and natural appearance that keeps you looking like you. If larger volumes are needed, then we will often administer these over two or three visits to help achieve a more natural end result.
How are fillers used?
Fillers is one of the more difficult treatments to master. Achieving consistent excellent results is both an art and a science. It requires an eye for what areas need to be augmented, an excellent understanding of facial anatomy, the ageing process and the various filler materials available. Fillers are injected through an ultra fine needle or blunt cannula beneath the surface of the skin, into the deep skin layers or more commonly into the underlying superficial or deep fat compartments. The filler replaces and restores volume to these fat compartments, and and restores more youthful contours to the face.
Do filler injections hurt?
Your comfort is paramount to us, so we use a variety of methods to help minimise any discomfort depending on the location and type of filler being used. These include using blunt tipped cannulas, using filler with local anaesthetic mixed with it, using topical anaesthetic and using local anaesthetic nerve blocks. In our experience, most people find fillers to be quite comfortable when these techniques are used.
Are filler injections safe?
When performed by an expert, filler injections have a very good safety record. There is a small risk of bruising, swelling or redness at the site of injections which usually subside over a few days. Very rarely there is a risk of a blueish discolouration to the skin, palpable lumps or bumps, allergic reactions, and damage to deeper structures such as nerves. In certain areas, there is a small risk of the filler material blocking a blood vessel which can lead to an area of ulcerated skin, scarring and in extremely rare cases, blindness. These rare but serious side-effects can be effectively minimised with good technique highlighting the importance of having fillers performed by a medical specialist.
We only use safe, biodegradable and bio-stimulative filler material, such as hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxyapatite in our treatments.
How many treatments will I need?
The duration of a filler treatments, depends on a number of factors including the type of filler, the location and how quickly your body dissolves the material. Most patients will experience a noticeable improvement for 9 – 18 months after filler application, before it gradually wears off.