Injectable fillers are a semi-permanent product that can be injected into the soft tissue of the face to provide an immediate non-surgical enhancement without any downtime. They are often placed in the dermis (deepest layer of the skin) to reduce wrinkles and improve the contour of the skin. They can also be placed deeper in the soft tissue to provide volume. Fillers are slowly broken down but will last from 12 to 24 months depending on how much is used and your unique metabolism. There are many available fillers but those widely used are made from hyaluronic acid, collagen, poly-L-Lactic Acid, Hydroxylapatite and polymethlmethacrylate.
Following consultation and assessment the area to be treated is agreed with you. Based on knowledge of the injectable products and your unique facial structure and expectations, I will advise you as to your best options for fillers. The filler is mixed with local anaesthetic and injected into the appropriate areas. It is done in the outpatient clinic and takes around 15 minutes.
Treatable Areas Include
Nasolabial folds, lips, vertical lip lines, Marionette lines, cheeks, tear trough (hollows under the eyes), temple depressions and deep and fine lines and wrinkles throughout the face.
Fillers can also be used to treat HIV-related lipodystrophy.
What Are The Potential Risks of Fillers
Bleeding and swelling at the injection sites may be seen immediately following injection. Swelling usually settles over the first couple of days. Very occasionally the contour may be a little irregular. Other risks of infection, haematoma, damage to nerves and blood vessels and reactions to fillers are extremely rare.