What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are made of biodegradable Hyaluronic Acid in a liquid gel form.
They are provided to qualified aesthetics practitioners in pre-filled syringes ready for injection.
Using a very fine needle into a crease line just a little under the skins surface, the gels create volume, lifts the skin smoothing out surface lines and wrinkles to give a fresher, younger looking appearance.
What does it actually do?
Hyaluronic Acid is the substance naturally present in our cells which keeps our skin smooth and supple. As we age, the levels of Hyaluronic Acid in the skin decrease and we lose moisture, leading to lines and wrinkles.
Dermal filler injections restore the skin volume and reduces wrinkles.
I want fillers in my lips but don’t want a ‘trout pout’…
Many patients are always worried about having a ‘trout pout’ after having lip fillers. The first 48 hours there will be swelling and bruising.
We will always advise you on what we think will look best and starting subtle is always what we suggest – we can always add to it at a later date.
Can dermal fillers be used alongside Botulinum Toxin?
Yes. Fillers are injected under the skin where as Botulinum Toxin is injected into the muscle.
Dermal fillers will break down naturally over a period of 6 to 9 months and can be used independently as a highly effective anti-wrinkle treatment, or safely alongside Botulinum Toxin.
Often we see patients who would like to reduce wrinkle lines however sometimes if the lines are too deep Botulinum Toxin will not be as effective, so using fillers to smooth the lines out is also an option.
Does it hurt?
Most patients report feeling a slight discomfort. Here at Crook Log Dental we want to make filler treatments as comfortable as possible.
First of all we use the smallest needle possible.
We offer a topical numbing cream to reduce the sensation of the skin.
Depending on where you are having fillers we can inject dental local anesthetic into certain areas to ease the pain.
What are the side effects?
Most patients treated with fillers get little or no bruising. In some cases within the first 48 hours there can be swelling but we recommend applying a cold compress over the treated areas of the face to reduce the swelling.
Some patients do not wish to return to work or go out after fillers as it may look bruised and slightly red.
There may be some areas that feel but do not look lumpy but within a week this should go down.
How long do filler injections last?
Depending on where they’ve been placed they can last from 6-9 months at which point you may wish to return for a further treatment.
Are dermal filler injections safe?
Yes, when the filler injections are performed correctly by an experienced practitioner they are regarded as a very safe aesthetic procedure, bad reactions to Hyaluronic Acid are exceptionally rare.