Dermal fillers can help to restore your skin to its former youthful, fuller appearance. As your skin ages, over time it loses some of its collagen and fat. These are the materials that prevent your skin from sagging. This means your skin becomes wrinkled. The filler is injected into the areas of skin where it needs to be plumped up again and made to look firmer.
It can also be used to adjust the contour of the lips (lip enhancement). The treatment can have an enormously positive effect on your appearance. Fillers come in different thicknesses. In general, the thicker the filler product, the deeper it will be injected into the dermal layer of the skin. This helps to plump out fine to deep lines and wrinkles. There are various kinds of safe, natural and man-made or synthetic materials used as dermal fillers that have been specially developed over the years for injection into the skin.
How much does it cost?
From £195 – £325 depending on areas covered.
Which wrinkles can be treated?
Almost any, but the most commonly treated areas are the lines around the nose and lips and the smile lines.
Are there different types of fillers?
There are many different brand names of dermal fillers. However, in the UK the most widely used products are based on hyaluronic acid. At Truro Dental Care we most commonly use the Juvederm Ultra range. The best option for your particular treatment will be discussed with you at your consultation.
How long does the treatment take?
The procedure takes about 30 minutes.
How long does the treatment last?
Facial enhancements usually last for about 6-9 months and Lip enhancements for 6-12 months.
How soon will I see the effects?
Immediately, but it is most noticeable within 24 – 48 hours.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects are very rare, but can include the following:
- Inflammatory reactions (redness and swelling) which may last a week or so.
- Cases of necrosis in the glabellar region, abscesses, granuloma and delayed hypersensitivity have been reported after hyaluronic acid injections.
Are the injections painful?
Some people find them uncomfortable but we use local anaesthetic cream, injections or even sedation to make the treatment as pain free and comfortable as possible.
What if I do not have any top ups or I don’t like the effect?
Because Dermal Fillers are gradually absorbed into the body, the correction of the wrinkles will fade away in time, so you can have all your wrinkles back looking as they did before treatment.
Can Dermal Fillers be used with Botox?
Yes, often to great effect. However it should not be used simultaneously with laser treatment, deep chemical peels or dermabrasion.
Can anybody be treated with Dermal Fillers?
Almost, but treatment should be avoided in the following cases:
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Autoimmune disease (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis)
- Anticoagulant therapy
- Drugs that inhibit hepatic metabolism (cimetidine, beta-blockers)
It is important you inform us about any medications you may be taking.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”
The vast majority of people who undergo the treatment are extremely pleased with the result. There are times however, when the final appearance may not be what you are wanting or expecting. The aim of a Juvederm treatment is just for an improvement, not perfection, and it is important to maintain you expectations at a realistic level.