Dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid. When we are young the skin contains a lot of hyaluronic acid which helps to keep the skin smooth and elastic.
As we age we lose hyaluronic acid and hence the ability of the skin to retain water this leads to drier, thinner and more wrinkled skin.
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that occurs naturally in the body and attracts water helping to keep the skin hydrated which gives it fullness.
Lines, wrinkles and folds can be smoothed out by using dermal fillers. Dermal fillers boost the skin's hydration and restore volume.
Before any treatment is undertaken a consultation is required to check there are no contraindications to you having the treatment. The consultation will assess your face and the areas you perceive as needing treatment and discuss what is achievable and recommended. The consultation and treatment will normally last for approximately 30 minutes.
The effects tend to last between 6-12 months
The dermal filler is injected using a fine needle. Discomfort is minimised by using a topical anaesthetic (numbing cream) prior to any injections. A dermal filler containing a local anaesthetic may be used to make the treatment experience more comfortable.
Dermal fillers have been extensively used for over 13 years. The hyaluronic acid closely resembles our own hyaluronic acid which means that the risk of inflammatory reactions is low.
Common side effects
Immediately after treatment you may notice some swelling, redness, slight discomfort, tenderness, itching, bruising - this is completely normal following an injection and will normally resolve within a few days.
Other types of local reactions can occur but are rare.