Face: Dermal Fillers
Why would I consider Dermal Fillers?
Dermal Fillers are generally used for two reasons:
- to correct the facial signs of aging
- for lip enlargement
These are temporary and used to decrease the evidence of aging by filling lines, expanding tissues to decrease small lines or volumising the face.
Common areas treated:
- Cheek Volumizing
- Tear Troughs
- Nasolabial Folds
- Marionette Lines
- Established Frown Lines
- Established Lines
Younger and older patients benefit from both dermal fillers.
How is it done?
These are office-based treatments typically without the need for local anaesthetic blocks.
Local anaesthetic blocks are typically used for lip injection.
- Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers augment the lip and expand the underlying tissues, significantly reducing fine lines in the lip and mouth region.Adding volume to areas is typically done with deep injections such as to the cheeks and zygoma
What type of filler is used?
A hyaluronic acid derived from a non-animal source is used.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring protein that is found in the body in areas such as joints. The exact human amino acid sequence has been determined and bacteria are have been programmed to produce human hyaluronic acid, which is then purified and processed.
Although this hyaluronic acid has the exact amino acid sequence of human hyaluronic acid, it is not derived from another human, nor is it derived from an animal. A similar process is now used to produce human insulin.
Apart from the philosophical advantage of not being animal derived, I have also found hyaluronic acid provides good longevity in treatment terms. Alterations made with this treatment generally last approximately a year depending on the product, area injected and individual variations.
What can I expect?
Give an immediate result as they fill the dermis straight away. Longevity of result is individual, on average results last 12 months.
How long does it take to recover?
Office-based injection does not have a recovery time as such. You may experience slight redness and swelling overnight.
What complications can occur?
Although every endeavour is made to avoid complications, sometimes they do occur and it does not necessarily imply an error has occured.
With office-based injection, significant complications are rare.
Bruising can occur. An allergic reaction to hyaluronic acid based products is possible, but rare.
Vascular occlusions can rarely occur and can result in small areas of skin necrosis and scar, alteration in vision and blindness.
What other procedures are often performed at the same time?
Other office-based injections, such as wrinkle relaxers, are often performed at the same time.
What does it cost and will private insurance help?
Dermal fillers start from approximately $550 AUD.
A cost guide can be requested from my office on 9126 9218 (+61 8 9126 9218).
Alternatively, we can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I get more information?
If you have specific questions, or wish more information on specific procedures, please contact my office for a complimentary appointment with my nurse / patient liaison officer.