What are Dermal Fillers?
As we get older, the skin on our face and neck begins to lose collagen and elasticity. This inevitably leads to sagging and the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. One of the most popular ways used to combat the signs of ageing is with Dermal fillers.
We can provide experienced and effective dermal filling injections in Melbourne for you.
Dermal fillers are a highly popular cosmetic treatment used by cosmetic surgeons for rejuvenating and enhancing the appearance of the face and neck. Dermal filling injection procedures restores lost volume and improve contours and facial shape. They can also smooth out wrinkles and promote new collagen growth too.
Where are Dermal Fillers Used?
Some of the most popular areas that are treated with dermal fillers are:
Forehead - Soften horizontal forehead lines and folds
Lips - Used as a lip filler to achieve fuller and more defined lips
Temple - Restore volume to sunken temples
Cheeks - Used as a cheek filler to add volume and lift to the cheeks
Jawline - Sculpt and define the jawline and chin
Jowls - Strategic injections along the jawline and cheeks to lift the sagging skin
Tear troughs - Reduce dark circles and sunken eyes
Nasolabial folds - Soften lines running from the nose to the mouth
Marionette lines - lines that extend downward from the corners of the mouth
Dermal fillers can also be used on the back of the hands to plump up the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and veins. Other dermal fillers can be used to fill in depressed scars, making them less noticeable.
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Benefits of Dermal Fillers
Immediate Results: They are a walk-in, walk-out, non-surgical procedure with no downtime. You can simply book your appointment at our dermal filler clinic in Melbourne. On the day you come in, and once the procedure is complete, you will be fine to go about your day.
Non-Surgical Procedure: Provides a non-surgical option so no scalpels are used, and no stitches are required
Preventive Anti-Ageing Treatment: Prevents lines and wrinkles on your face from getting worse. Fillers have been used as a preventative anti-ageing treatment for decades.
Reversible Results: If someone is not satisfied with their results or if there are complications, certain types of dermal fillers (like those based on hyaluronic acid) can be dissolved
Customisable Treatment: Can be tailored to provide a subtle or more dramatic change and meet the specific needs and aesthetic goals of every patient
Types of Dermal Filler Injections
Different types of fillers can offer varying results. Most dermal fillers are made from a clear gel composed of a naturally occurring material found in the skin. These fillers differ in thickness, viscosity, and longevity. The finer the filler, the shorter the lasting time frame. Finer fillers are administered on areas where the skin is also quite fine itself, and smoothness is critical.
The four types of dermal fillers Melbourne patients can choose from include :
- Hyaluronic Acid Fillers (HA): Australia's most commonly used dermal fillers. HA dermal fillers add volume, smooth wrinkles, and enhance facial contours.
- Calcium Hydroxylapatite Fillers: Treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and volume loss.
- Poly-L-lactic Acid Fillers: This filler is used to stimulate collagen production and is often used for facial volume restoration and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and folds.
- Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) Fillers: Often used for deep wrinkles, acne scars, and facial contouring.
What are Dermal Fillers Made From?
Dermal fillers can be made from various materials, such as hyaluronic acid, collagen, and calcium hydroxylapatite. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are popular as it attracts water which leads to increased volume. Hyaluronic acid is also commonly used in moisturisers and is easily reversed by injecting an enzyme hyaluronidase if the fillers have been done incorrectly by an inexperienced clinic.
Calcium hydroxylapatite fillers contain calcium particles suspended in a gel that the body absorbs over time while stimulating collagen production.
It is common for fillers to be blended with a local anaesthetic to reduce the pain sometimes experienced due to the procedure.
There are also permanent fillers made from silicone, polymethylmethacrylate and polyacrylamide compounds, but they can only be reversed through surgery. These fillers contain tiny PMMA microspheres that remain in the skin permanently, providing structural support.
Chelsea Cosmetics does not offer permanent fillers as they are a riskier alternative.
How the Procedure Works
- Consultation: The process begins with a consultation between the patient and a qualified cosmetic doctor. This is where the patient discusses their concerns and desired outcomes.
- Assessment: The patient's skin is examined to identify areas for treatment and suitable dermal filler options.
- Informed Consent: Detailed information about the procedure is given, including potential risks and side effects, and the patient provides their informed consent.
- Prepping the Area: The treatment area is cleansed thoroughly to remove any makeup, dirt, or oils.
- Numbing: Topical numbing cream or local anesthesia is applied to minimise discomfort during the procedure.
- Injection: The dermal filler, usually made of hyaluronic acid, is injected into the targeted areas with a fine needle or cannula.
- Moulding and Shaping: The filler is massaged and moulded to achieve the desired shape and symmetry.
- Monitoring: The patient is monitored for any adverse reactions or complications.
- Aftercare: The patient is advised on post-treatment care, which may include having to avoid certain activities and using ice packs to reduce swelling.
- Follow-Up: A follow-up appointment is scheduled to assess the results and address concerns.
FAQs About Dermal Fillers
The amount of filler injected into the skin during a procedure can vary based on the individual's needs and the specific areas being treated. However, injecting approximately one millilitre (1mL) of filler into the required areas is common.
Dermal fillers will typically last anywhere from six months to two years. It's important to note that each person's body processes fillers differently, so the longevity of the results may vary. Factors influencing how long the fillers last include the specific product used, the area of the face or body treated, the patient's metabolism, and lifestyle habits.
In Cheeks? Cheek fillers will normally last between 6 months to 18 months. Some newer types of fillers may even last up to 24 months.
Under Eyes? Dermal fillers used for the under-eye area (often referred to as tear trough fillers) generally last between 6 to 12 months
It usually takes about two weeks to settle fully. Immediately after the treatment, there can be a little swelling, redness, or bruising, which is normal and generally subsides within a few days to a week. During this period, the filler gradually integrates with the skin tissues. By the end of two weeks, any initial swelling should have subsided, and the filler should have settled into its final position, giving a clearer picture of the final result.
The cost of dermal fillers in your cheeks can vary significantly based on several factors. These include the type, brand, amount of filler required, and the specific area being treated. To get an accurate price, don't hesitate to get in touch with our office.
Some of the most common risks and side effects are:
- Bruising: Bruising can develop at the injection site, which is usually temporary and resolves on its own.
- Swelling: Mild to moderate swelling is common and typically subsides within a few days.
- Redness and Tenderness: The treated area may become red and slightly tender for a short period.
- Allergic Reactions: Although rare, some people may have an allergic reaction to the components in the filler
- Infection: There is a risk of infection at the injection site if it is not taken care of. This can be minimised by using sterile techniques and following post-treatment care guidelines.
- Nodules or Lumps: Small lumps or nodules may occasionally form under the skin.
- Asymmetry: There is a possibility of uneven distribution of the filler, resulting in asymmetry, which is usually corrected with additional treatment.
- Movement: The filler material may shift from the intended area, leading to an unnatural appearance. Cosmetic injections applied using the best techniques by an experienced provider will minimise the risk.
- Granulomas: In rare cases, the body may respond to the filler with the formation of granulomas, which are small nodules of inflamed tissue.
- Tissue Damage: Incorrect injection depth or technique can potentially cause damage to blood vessels, nerves, or surrounding tissues.
Dermal fillers work by adding volume and shape to facial areas, while anti-wrinkle injections reduce wrinkles by temporarily paralysing muscles. The choice between the two usually depends on the specific cosmetic goals and the areas of the face that need treatment.
Dermal fillers are a quick, non-surgical procedure requiring minimal downtime, which makes it a convenient option for those looking to achieve a more refreshed appearance. The effects of dermal fillers are also temporary, typically lasting 6-18 months, depending on the type of filler used.
When dermal fillers are administered by a qualified professional, they are considered to be a safe procedure with a low risk of complications.
Contact Chelsea Cosmetics Melbourne
Chelsea Cosmetics is a leading provider of dermal fillers and is highly experienced with non-surgical facelifts and all injectable cosmetic procedures. We are always available to answer any questions you may have.
Maybe you just want to understand if dermal fillers can help you reverse the signs of ageing and achieve the look you want. To find out, just take the first step and book a one-on-one consultation at our clinic in Templestowe, Melbourne.
Our team will assess your situation and discuss what you want to achieve out of the procedure. They will also explain any risks and expectations with you before any treatment is planned. This is so you have all the information to make a well-informed decision.
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