Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Dermal fillers are the answer for those who don’t wish to undergo surgery to reduce the unattractive signs of ageing. As people age, vital components of the dermis are reduced, diminishing skin appearance. These components include collagen fibres, hyaluronic acid, and elastin. The skin, therefore, loses its elasticity and becomes sunken in places. Wrinkles, creases, and folds appear on the skin causing considerable distress to the ageing individual.
Restore Lost Volume and Fullness
Dermal fillers return to the face whatever fullness and volume it has lost, creating a youthful look. Available in gel form, they are injected into the skin. They can improve conditions such as the following:
They can also be used to improve recessed scars or a weak chin, and to perform lip enhancement. Non-surgical rhinoplasty is also performed with dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers are available under different brand names such as Juvederm, Hylaform, Radiesse, and Perlane. The surgeon would determine whether a single filler or different fillers used in combination, would be required to achieve the desired aesthetic effect. How long the filler lasts would depend on factors including skin structure, age and lifestyle. Generally, their durability ranges from three months to three years.
Centre for Surgery also has Sculptra, a type of filler which stimulates collagen growth. This can help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and increase volume in the face.
You will be considered an appropriate candidate for dermal fillers if you:
Prior to having dermal fillers, it is recommended that you stop smoking for at least four weeks, in order to achieve the best results possible.
Dermal fillers are a non-surgical day case, so you will be able to leave and return to your normal day-to-day routine directly after receiving the fillers.
Before you have the dermal fillers, your skin will be cleaned with a hibiscrub. The dermal fillers are then injected into the necessary site. The surgeon may make four or five injections in total. However, this will vary depending on the appearance of your skin and your desired outcome.
If there is any bleeding after the dermal fillers have been injected, you may be given ice to help numb the area and stop the bleeding.
As this is a non-surgical procedure, you can expect to have a minimal recovery period.
It is normal to experience redness, bruising and swelling in the first 24 hours following the injections.
You will also be encouraged to avoid excess sun and heat exposure, alcohol consumption, and strenuous physical exercise in the first 24 hours.
The dermal fillers are injected into the middle skin layer, adding volume and fullness. The dermal filler connects with water molecules to help maintain volume in the injected areas. This helps to make skin look more youthful and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
You will be eligible for dermal fillers if you:
Dermal fillers are fully approved with CE marking. They are approved for the treatment of mild, moderate and severe wrinkles in the face.
Results are immediately visible, continually improving for up to two weeks after the treatment.
Anywhere from three months to three years. If you seek a more method of facial rejuvenation, please consult our pages on cosmetic surgery procedures of the face.
The recovery period is minimal. Any mild to moderate swelling will resolve a few days after dermal filler treatment.
Most people report that there is minimal to no pain when receiving dermal fillers. If need be, topical or a local anaesthetic can be applied to numb the area.