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Everything You Need to Know About Dermal Fillers*

Thinking about maybe treating yourself to some fillers?

Want to get younger, smoother, plumper, skin?

Dermal fillers are the way to go. In this article, we cover hot topics like what areas can be treated with fillers, what the different types of fillers are, whether the cosmetic injections hurt, if they’re safe, permanent vs. nonpermanent filler… And so much more.

These cosmetic injectables have become popular over the past few decades as a great way to refresh your face without the complications and downtime that can be involved in undergoing invasive surgery.

You can usually be in and out of a filler injections appointment in under an hour, and for many procedures, you are able to continue about your day normally afterward.

If you’re thinking about a refresh to make you look younger, read on to find out more!

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are a substance placed just under the surface of the skin to plump it out. They are injectables that are generally placed in the face to make the face appear younger by  restoring lost volume, filling in wrinkles, and making the skin appear smoother. Most of the time, they are temporary, lasting around 6-12 months.

Who gets facial fillers?

We think the question might be – who doesn’t get them! Face fillers have become more and more popular due to their relatively low cost, low risk, and medium reward outcomes.

Cosmetic fillers are popular among both men and women from around the age of 25 and up, or in younger people who are after plumper lips.

Where can I get fillers?

You can get fillers pretty much anywhere that you’re experiencing volume loss or wrinkles. Fillers for the face are the most common, but you can also get places such as your neck and hands done, too. Here are some of the most common placements for dermal fillers.

Lip Fillers

A plumper lip can make your lips look truly kissable, or just give you a little more volume after they’ve gone down a little over the years. When we get that loss of volume and more wrinkled lips, a touch of lip filler can bring them back to life.

Lip fillers can also be carefully placed to shape the lips more, giving you a cupid’s bow, or plumper midline, etc. if you so wish.

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Fillers to rejuvenate and refresh your face

Cheek fillers

As we get older, our faces start to drop with the effects of gravity. One place where this is particularly noticeable is in the cheeks. Volume loss at the top of our cheeks can make us appear older and less attractive. Adding cheek filler will help to restore the youthful look and gives an instant cheekbone lifting effect. This is one of the most common placements of fillers.

Under eye fillers

Under eye filler is what’s known as tear trough filler. If you have problems with dark circles under your eyes, under eye bags, or a pronounced lower eyelid, then under eye fillers can correct these. Placed in the under eye area that is deepest, eye filler smooths the skin so that you no longer have these unsightly complaints.

Wrinkle fillers

If you’ve ever wondered how to get rid of frown lines, or how to get rid of smile lines, then this may be your (temporary) answer! Injecting fillers into your lines and wrinkles effectively makes them all but disappear, and used in combination with a muscle relaxant such as Botox, you can prevent them from recurring. Wrinkle fillers can be used in the nasiolabial folds, between the brows, on the forehead, and other areas where wrinkles occur, including the neck.

Nose fillers

Otherwise known as a non-surgical nose job, if your nose has some lumps and bumps that you’d like addressed (rather than a full on nose reshaping) then you may be able to use filler injections to achieve this. The fillers will smooth out the bumpy parts temporarily, leaving you with a nice new shape.

Commonly asked questions about dermal fillers

How long do dermal fillers last?

Just how long do fillers last? Each type of dermal filler lasts a different amount of time, ranging from 3 months to up to 5 years. Have a browse through the different types of fillers below to check them all out.

What are the different types of fillers?

Different fillers are used in different areas. Whether you’re after the best wrinkle filler, one for your cheeks, or a lip boost, they’re all here. unfortunately we are not allowed to use the name of the fillers (TGA rules in Australia). But there are many well known companies that produce a range of fillers. Our boutique practice has focused on the fillers that we feel are best in the market.

Collagen fillers

Collagen injections have been a mainstay when it comes to fillers for several decades now, also the popularity of using it has decreased. Collagen is a naturally occurring substance in the body which makes our skin appear plump, and the production of this substance decreases as we get older. Collagen is not as widely used anymore because the effects wear off more quickly than other, newer fillers. Because collagen is a naturally occurring substance, the body breaks it down more readily, so the effects will be short lived – only lasting for up to 3 months.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Juvederm is a Hyaluronic Acid filler, which draws water to the area it’s injected in and thus plumps it up. There are many different forms of these fillers from many companies. Fillers for fine lines and wrinkles and lips which last around 6 months to a year, and one to give a lot of extra volume, generally used in the cheeks, which lasts up to 2 years. The substance is able to be dissolved if the effects are undesirable.

poly-l-lactic-acid formula fillers

This works differently to all the fillers mentioned about. It’s poly-l-lactic-acid formula stimulates collagen growth and works to increase the thickness of your skin in the injected area. Sculptra needs around 3 sessions with 4 to 6 weeks in between to actually work, the results are seen gradually, and the effects last up to 2 years. There is no agent available to dissolve the substance.

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Are there any permanent fillers?

Implants

You do have the choice of putting implants in your face to make it appear more full. However, if the loss of plumpness is due to soft tissue loss, rather than genetic facial shape reasons, then fillers are a better option. Cheeks and chins can be augmented with implants, however, soft tissue loss in the area around the implants may look strange. Inserting implants is a full cosmetic surgery that occurs in a hospital and the effects are permanent. They are able to be removed via further surgery if needed.

Fat transfer

You also have the choice of doing fat transfer, or fat grafting, from other parts of your body – whether it’s the bust, stomach, back, or butt. The effects of fat grafting last far longer – making them a fairly permanent filler (3 to 5 years plus) if the fat takes to your face, although there is the risk that the fat will not “stick”. There is no reversal for this procedure either.

Silicone

Silicone was once popular for injecting in the lips because it is a permanent filler. However this filler has the potential to migrate, traveling around the face – which would be fine if it was temporary and dissolved, but because it is permanent it can be an issue. Silicone is no longer a recommended facial filler for this reason.

How much do fillers cost?

Dermal fillers cost from a couple of hundred dollars through to thousands of dollars, depending on the type that you get, what area/s you are placing it, and how much filler is needed. Hyaluronic fillers are the most cost effective fillers on the market, whereas fat grafting costs significantly more due to the fat harvesting process that is involved.

Do fillers hurt?

Fillers may only hurt when they’re going in – you may feel mildly uncomfortable afterward, but it shouldn’t hurt. As for the procedure, generally, a numbing cream is applied to the area to make it less painful. If you go without the cream, then it will hurt. Dental blocks are often used when undergoing lip fillers which injects local anesthetic into the face so you don’t feel any pain from the filler. The lips are more sensitive than other parts of the face, and so this is why this technique is used.

How long does an appointment for fillers take?

Your appointment for injectables won’t take long! In fact, the process itself will generally take under 30 minutes, unless you are having multiple areas treated at once. Combine this with your assessment beforehand, any time for numbing agents to work, and waiting to check that you’re okay afterwards, and the whole thing will only take around 1 hour.

Do I need to take any time off work?

You do not need to take any time off work. If you come in for a lunchtime appointment, then if you experience bruising – which is more likely when getting the under eye area treated – you might like to take the afternoon off if you are concerned. In the vast majority of cases, this isn’t necessary.

Will there be much bruising and swelling?

Bruising and swelling are common when you are treated in the under eye area due to the delicate skin in the area. This should subside within a week. There may be slight bruising and swelling if you have been treated in a different area, but it should go away within a day or two.

Are dermal fillers safe?

Dermal fillers are for the most part safe – especially Hyaluronic Acid fillers. The biggest risk that you run is in seeing a practitioner with limited experience and knowledge – that’s why it’s always best to see a clinic which specialises in facial injections and not just your GP! Fillers need to be put in exactly the right place so that damage and skin necrosis doesn’t occur Even with incorrect placement, you are able to dissolve Hyaluronic Acid fillers, or they will simply dissipate over the coming months. Hyaluronic Acid fillers are also anti-allergenic, so the risk of having an allergic reaction to the substance is much lower.

Should I combine other therapies with fillers?

Sure, if that’s the best course of action for your situation! Fillers are often used in combination with a muscle relaxant when addressing wrinkles and fines lines. While the fillers for face fills in the lines, the muscle relaxant stops the muscle from moving back into that position, so the lines won’t occur again. Another effective combination is laser resurfacing with fillers. The laser resurfacing will smooth the skin, help to remove fine lines, and even out your skin tone. The fillers will then plump up and fill in after that. Check in at your appointment to see what would be best for you!

Dermal fillers Newcastle and The Hunter Valley

Ready to have a smoother, more youthful face? Then it’s time to book in for an appointment at our Newcastle or Hunter Valley skin clinic. You can either choose to have a facial rejuvenation consultation without any procedures done if you’re still assessing the situation, or dive right in and book an appointment for a particular area of your face. Call us at Specialist Skin Solutions on (02) 4934 1540 to book your appointment with our skilled therapist. We can help in assessing what techniques, fillers, areas, and/or complementary therapies and products are going to work best for you to restore that youthful look.

*Disclaimer; There is no guarantee of specific results and the results can vary from patient to patient. Before and after photos demonstrate individual results only.

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