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Dermal Fillers

As we age our skin loses volume and elasticity. We also have a decrease in the production of collagen and elastin.  These factors, along with environmental factors such as sun exposure, smoking and stress, contribute to the development of wrinkles and the loss of youthful facial fullness.

What are dermal fillers made of

Most dermal fillers on the market today are made from a natural substance which helps to soften lines and provide facial fullness and contours. This substance occurs naturally in our bodies and in all living organisms. It cannot be mentioned by name due to TGA regulations in advertising. This group of dermal fillers also has the additional  benefit of attracting and retaining moisture while improving the skin’s structure and elasticity.

How does it work

While injections to reduce wrinkles relax our dynamic lines, dermal fillers are used to fill static lines. The filler is injected under the skin to fill and plump areas where there is volume loss and wrinkles. Treatment with dermal fillers has a two-fold effect; the needle piercing the skin stimulates collagen production and the filler plumps and hydrates the skin.

Treatable Areas

The most common areas to be treated with these products are:

  • Lips – to enhance the size of the lips, to define the lip border (prevent lipstick bleeding) or fill in (smoker’s ) lines
  • Cheeks – adding volume or enhancing cheek bones.
  • Nasolabial folds – to soften the lines between the nose and 
    corners of the lips
  • Marionette lines – to diminish lines between the corners 
    of the mouth and chin.
  • Tear troughs – to fill the hollows under the eyes
  • Scars – lifting of depressed scars
  • Back of Hands – to rejuvenate wrinkled skin
  • Decolletage – to rejuvenate wrinkled skin
  • Temporal hollows – to lift the area adjacent to the eyes
  • Highlight Brows
How long do dermal fillers last?

Treatments will typically last between six and twelve months, depending on the area treated, the  patient’s lifestyle and skin type. However, recent studies indicate that because the filler restructures collagen and elastin within the skin, the interval between subsequent treatments may increase with repeated treatments.

Safety and side effects

The effectiveness and safety of the non-permanent fillers has been tested in clinical trials for more than a decade in over 70 countries. The fillers used in our treatments are manufactured free from animal proteins and the risk of allergy is correspondingly very small. After the procedure there can be some swelling, redness and bruising. There may be mild tenderness over the area treated. These effects usually settle within a few days.