What are dermal fillers?
As we grow older our facial skin thins, we naturally develop lines and we see a change in our facial structure.
Crow’s feet, smile and forehead lines become more prominent as we lose subcutaneous fat. This is a result of the loss of our natural collagen production (which acts as the main support protein), elastin (which keeps our skin firm) and hyaluronic acid (which helps maintain the volume and shape of our skin).
Dermal fillers are used to replace the loss of these natural elements and help reduce the visible signs of aging. For dermal fillers, Sydney, Miranda, and Sutherland Shire residents can turn to the expertise found at our conveniently located clinic.
Dermal filler procedures (or facial fillers) are injectable substances made up of biocompatible elements. They are carefully injected into or below the skin to restore volume to the area and fill outlines giving you a youthful appearance. Dermal fillers are often used as an alternative to plastic surgery, as a way to boost facial rejuvenation. At Shire Aesthetics And Vein Clinic, we have a range of fillers available which are either temporary or semi-permanent.
Types of dermal fillers
All of our dermal fillers are made up of biocompatible elements that are neither harmful nor toxic to our bodies.
Hyaluronic acid – a naturally produced acid that is found in your skin and cartilage. They generally last between 6-12 months.
Calcium hydroxylapatite – a mineral (a natural substance) found in our bones that usually lasts up to 18 months.
Poly-L-lactic acid – a biodegradable synthetic material that’s often used in other medical products (like dissolvable stitches), that last up to 18 months.
Who is the ideal candidate?
The ideal candidates for dermal fillers are:
- Physically healthy
- Realistic about the goals for their preferred appearance
- Maintainers of good skin health
- Looking for an alternative to invasive surgery
- Those wishing to counteract the ageing process
Benefits of getting dermal fillers
Injecting dermal fillers can be used for a number of different purposes and facial features.
Contouring your face, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles or revitalising your skin as well as minimising the appearance of skin damage following accidents/trauma. Below are the main benefits of dermal fillers:
- Boost your self-confidence
- Remove scars
- No recovery time unlike invasive surgery
- Give you a younger-looking skin
- Immediate results
- Minimal downtime
- Long-lasting results
- Only mild swelling
- It will give you a look of natural beauty
How dermal fillers are performed?
Dermal fillers are carried out using a very fine needle that is inserted into the treatment area. The injection itself takes a few moments per treated area.
What the treatment involves
You may be unaware of how dermal fillers work. So you’ll have an initial consultation to discuss treatment options for your desired outcome. Then the appropriate injection sites for the filler will be determined. The injection sites will then be cleaned with an antibacterial agent and an anaesthetic agent in injectable form or topical cream will be applied to the area.
Should a topical cream be used, it needs to be applied for approximately one hour before treatment with plastic occlusion (cling wrap). Many of the modern facial fillers are premixed with local anaesthetic agents to help reduce discomfort. The injection itself takes a few moments per treated area. Depending on the number of areas treated, the procedure will take between 15 and 60 minutes.
How many dermal fillers injections will I need?
Which dermal filler treatment you desire will determine how many injections you need as the number varies for different treatments. Depending on the treatment you’ll need between 1-6 syringes of filler.
How long does it last?
Most facial fillers last between 6 and 18 months depending on the quantity of filler used, the quality of the skin, and the patient’s lifestyle.
What areas can dermal fillers be used?
Dermal filler treatments can be used for many different areas of the face and serve a number of purposes, not just to create a youthful appearance. Below are the areas they can be used:
- Enhance shallow contours
- Improve the appearance of recessed scars
- Reconstruct contour deformities in the face
- Softening facial creases
- Minimising lines and wrinkles
- Firming of sagging skin
- Lip hydration, enhancement and definition
- Cheek enhancement and definition
- Chin enhancement
- To lift the brows
- Replace soft-tissue volume loss
- Decrease or remove the shadow of the lower lids
- Facial asymmetry
- Jawline definition and recontouring
How much do dermal fillers cost in Sydney?
The cost of dermal fillers in Sydney and Miranda varies between individuals. The total cost is often multifactorial and takes into account your desired treatment areas, your treatment goal, and the number of sessions you may or may not need. A total breakdown of the cost of your procedure will be provided to you during your initial consultation.
Why choose Shire Aesthetics And Vein Clinic
At Shire Aesthetics And Vein Clinic, your satisfaction is our main priority. Our highly skilled cosmetic physician in Miranda, Sutherland Shire, offers an approachable, personal, impeccable service to all of our clients. Our patient-centred approach ensures you receive the best care possible for your individual needs and concerns. We’re here to answer any questions or concerns you may have, to help you with every stage of your treatment.
At Shire Aesthetics And Vein Clinic, our team is our greatest asset. We have a network consisting of an experienced cosmetic physician, highly qualified aesthetician and friendly front of house staff whose aim is to give you the best experience possible.
Dr Mutti Khan
Dr Khan has a passion for cosmetics. He has over 20 years of experience in medicine, firstly as a Specialist General Practitioner and then in Cosmetic Medicine after training at the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine. He most enjoys being part of his patient’s journey from the very start to the finish of any procedures.
Sabeen is a motivated and passionate Aesthetician who is focused on producing exceptional results for all her clients. Her knowledge and resourcefulness allow her to maintain the highest standards of aesthetics when performing her procedures.
You may have some further questions regarding dermal fillers.
Please find some of our Most Frequently Asked Questions below:
Results may vary but many patients will see their results within 24 to 48 hours after their injections.
You should keep your skin clean and healthy before treatment. Washing and moisturising your face before treatment is beneficial and recommended.
Results may vary but you are likely to achieve the full effect within two weeks after receiving the injections.
Apart from a little mild discomfort that you may feel while being injected, no dermal fillers are not painful.
Dermal fillers are not approved by the FDA to be used in those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
You may see some bruising after treatment due to burst blood vessels but you shouldn’t worry as it’s very common and usually subsides after a few days.
Yes, dermal fillers are safe when administered by trained and certified professionals. It is common to experience mild side effects like swelling and bruising but these usually subside within a few days.
Yes, dermal filler can be removed with an injectable treatment known as Hyaluronidase or Hyalase.
Dermal filler injections are not painful. You’ll only feel minimal discomfort whilst being injected.
Dermal fillers are recommended for those age 18 and over.
We recommend that you avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol and oil-based make-up for 24 hours after the procedure.