Dermal fillers are used to introduce volume back in to areas of the face that have lost volume during the ageing process
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are clear, sterile gels made from hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is found in all living tissue where it binds to water, producing hydration, softness and volume to the skin. As we age our own HA becomes less efficient, leading to the loss of natural elasticity and volume. There are a huge variety of fillers on the market but at The Face Firm I offer the fillers that have the largest safety profile, such as Juvederm and Juvederm Voluma. These fillers also contain lidocaine, a local anaesthetic, making the treatment almost entirely pain-free.
What can be treated with dermal fillers?
I currently offer fillers in the following areas:
Naso-labial folds (nose-to-mouth lines)
Marionette lines (lines from the corner of your mouth to your chin)
Corners of the mouth that can sometimes make you look unhappy
What does the treatment involve?
At your initial consultation we will determine the areas that you feel would benefit from added volume. Once the areas have been decided on, the brand or strength of the dermal filler to be used will be assessed according to your needs and your desired outcome. During the procedure, topical anaesthetic (numbing cream) will be applied to the area that will be injected to minimise any discomfort of the injections. Once this has started to take effect I will cleanse the area and begin the treatment. This procedure will be performed using a very fine needle underneath the skin followed with a slow injection of a colourless smooth gel which immediately lifts static lines. Sometimes a little massage is required but this depends on the depth of the product I am using.
How long does the treatment take?
The dermal filler treatment can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on the number of areas to be treated.
How long will the effects last?
The results from this treatment will be seen immediately. The length of time these results will last differs between each individual, the type of dermal filler used and the area that is treated. Hyaluronic acid is something that our body naturally breaks up and those with a higher metabolism will break the product up quicker than those with a slow metabolism. If you have the dermal filler injected into somewhere with a lot of movement such as your lips, this will also result in the product being broken down quicker. However, on average the dermal fillers can last anywhere between 3 and 18 months.
With repeated treatments, the benefits of dermal fillers build up so that the effects will be greater and will stay for a longer period of time.