Facial fillers or Dermal fillers are substances used for the correction of wrinkles, scars and skin depressions, improving facial volume, as well as lip enhancement
Facial dermal fillers are injected into the skin to create volume. Dermal fillers offer a quick and easy plumping effect for wrinkles and deep folds such as the nasolabial lines (the line that runs from the nose to the corner of the mouth) and the marionette lines (corners of the mouth). They are also very effective for increasing lip fullness or softening upper lip lines and stopping lipstick bleeding.
The most common facial filler is a naturally occurring substance. One dermal filler is thicker than another and therefore may create more volume and last slightly longer.
How does it work? / The Procedure
The facial filler is injected just beneath the skin surface giving an immediate plumping or filling effect. The facial filler is injected with a very fine needle. It smooths out wrinkles, scars, lines and plumps out lips depending on where you are being injected.
Most areas are tolerated quite well with the use of ice or a numbing cream. The lip area can be more sensitive and an anaesthetic cream or a dental block (local anaesthetic), similar to what is used at the dentist, can be used to numb the lip area. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes.
After the procedure
After the procedure there can be some swelling, redness and bruising (see How to cover bruising under FAQ). There may also be mild tenderness over the area treated. These effects usually settle within the next few days. The lips may take a few extra days to settle.
How long does it last?
Usually lasts 3-18 months depending on the area, filler thickness and the individual.
They are relatively safe. Rarely a hypersensitivity or allergy can occur.
New Products: There are always new products released on the market which I personally evaluate. I will only recommend products that I feel are effective and have a high safety profile.
Permanent Fillers: Although the idea of a “permanent” filler may sound attractive, these materials may shift, clump, or cause inflammation or infection, sometimes many years later, and cannot be removed except by surgery. The permanent fillers currently available have a significant risk of scarring and infection and at the present time I do not feel confident using them.
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Are there any side effects?
Side effects may include redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising or tenderness at the injection site. Inflammatory reactions may last for up to two weeks in rare cases. After a lip enhancement, your lips may be swollen for several days. Treatments should not be used in or near skin sites where there are or have been active skin disease, inflammation or related conditions. Nor should it be injected into an area where a permanent implant has been placed. Treatments are not suitable for pregnant or breast-feeding women. During your pretreatment consultation, you should thoroughly discuss your medical history with your practitioner.
I am pregnant or breast feeding, can I be treated?
No. Please contact Dr Tauber for a consultation to discuss when it will be safe for you.
Are there any risks?
Millions of treatments have been carried out since the launch in 1996. Some common injection-related reactions might occur after an injection which resolve within one or two days after injection. These reactions may include redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising or tenderness at the injection site. Inflammatory reactions may last for up to two weeks in rare cases. After a lip enhancement, your lips may be swollen for several days.
Will I lose time off my work or job?
You can expect slight redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, itching and/or bruising following treatment. This is the same as you might expect with any type of injection. However, the discomfort is temporary and generally disappears after a few days. Usually you can return to work the following day. With lip enhancement, it is wise to choose your treatment time with care since your lips may become swollen and appear slightly uneven for a few days.
Does it hurt?
Some people may experience the treatment as a mild discomfort. There is anaesthetic in the filler which reduces the discomfort. A local anaesthetic cream is often used. Another form of anaesthesia, a dental block, can be used to numb the area when enhancing lips.
What areas can be treated?
Treatments can be used to smooth out facial lines, create fuller lips and shape facial contours, such as cheeks and chin. It is a subtle approach to enhancing looks naturally. The most common areas treated are:
Around the mouth area
Cheeks and chin (shaping)
Between the eyebrows (the glabellar lines)
From the nose to the angle of the mouth (the nasolabial folds)
Around the eyes
Wrinkles on the face
Back of hands
How long will it take?
The treatment is very quick and often takes less than 30 minutes. The treatment benefits can normally be seen instantly and our treatments do not affect facial expression. No skin test is required because our treatments do not contain any animal-derived ingredients.