Reverse the signs of ageing, enhance natural features and gain a more refreshed appearance in this non-surgical procedure.
Dermal / Facial Fillers
Dermal fillers, also known as facial fillers, can be used in many areas of the face to fill and smooth lines, wrinkles, deep folds and improve the appearance of scars. Dermal fillers are often used in conjunction with anti-wrinkle injections to maximise results.
Pricing varies depending on the prescribed dosage, area treated and product, and starts from $300 for half a ml.
What to expect?
- Downtime: no
- Pain: mild
- Treatment time: 30-45 mins
Whats are Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid (HA) a naturally occurring collagen in our skin that stabilises structure in the skin and improves elasticity. HA stimulates skin cell renewal and fills the space of volume loss.
There are different thicknesses of hyaluronic acid filler used to treat different purposes, including adding volume, creating a lift, tightening or adding structure.
The procedure involves a small amount of the product injected into the selected areas using a very fine needle.
What part of the body?
We use dermal fillers on the:
- Lips – to rejuvenate ageing lips, create a plumper outline, correct downturned corners and smooth out lines
- Cheeks – to erase cheek folds, and replace volume loss in mid face area
- Jawline and chin – to subtly reshape the jaw for a more flattering definition
- Under eyes – to reduce dark circles
- Forehead – to smooth frown lines and reduce wrinkles
- Temples – to correct temple hollowing
Why you do it
Dermal fillers are used both to correct and postpone signs of ageing. The treatment helps to soften creases and achieve a better proportioned and fuller facial definition.
Results are immediately visible and optimal in 1-2 weeks. They can last up to 12 months depending on the area treated.
Possible side effects
Expect to have some swelling and redness. This can be treated with the gentle application of ice and is not indicative of the final result. Sleep on a soft pillow. Most swelling and redness should resolve in 3-7 days.
Mild lumpiness can be gently massaged smooth during the first 48 hours, but excessive massage can diminish the effect of the product.
Bruising is common especially with injections in the lips, corners of the mouth or around the eye. It can last a week to 10 days. Arnica, Hirudoid or Lasonil cream can help. Aspirin, anti-inflammatory medication, Vitamin E, Ginko Biloba or anticoagulants can make the bruising worse so avoid these at all costs.
You may also experience tenderness or mild-moderate pain, which usually resolves in 2-5 days.
If you have had a dental anaesthetic block, you will have lower facial numbness for 1-4 hours. Care should be taken when chewing or drinking hot liquids.
Lip fillers can reactivate previous cold sores. This can be avoided by taking Famciclovir tables at the time of injection. Dr Jan Mudaliar can write you a prescription if needed.
Blockage of a blood vessel is rare, affecting 1 in 1000 patients but it is very serious. If you notice changes to your skin such as pale, blue, mottled, painful or have visual impairment, notify us immediately. These side effects are usually immediate but can occasionally take a day to present.
Infection is rare, but any redness, tenderness or swelling should be reviewed by Dr Jan Mudaliar. Infection is usually apparent after a few days.
Because Hyaluronic acid is a collagen naturally found in the skin, an allergic reaction is very rare, affecting 3 in 1000 patients. If you do have an allergic reaction to the injections, you should notice immediate swelling and itching. However, after many months it is possible to get tender, swollen lumps or granulomas. If you notice any of these signs please contact the clinic immediately.
Injection sites take 12-24 hours to close, so make sure you wash your hands before touching your face.
There are a few things you can do to reduce the side effects:
- Take anti-histamines to reduce swelling
- Apply a cool compress for ten minutes every hour
After the treatment you will need to avoid:
- Excessive pressure or facing down for 24 hours
- Vigorous exercise for the first 24 hours
- Skincare products that contain AHA, retinols or vitamin C for 24 hours
- Other facial treatments including facials, waxing, IPL for 2 weeks
- Excessive sun exposure, hot or cold temperatures for 2 weeks
- Long-haul flights for 2 weeks
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