FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Still have questions? Find out more about dermal fillers and
anti-wrinkle injections in our comprehensive FAQ – or contact a clinic for an individual consultation.

dermal fillers FAQs

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are smooth injectable gels used to restore or add volume to the face.

Fillers vary in density (thickness) which determines which area they can be used in and helps achieve the desired result, whether that is to provide lift or contouring, create symmetry, or enhance a particular feature such as the lips.

Many dermal fillers contain a synthetic compound that mimics the properties of a naturally occurring sugar molecule. This particular molecule assists in skin firmness and smoothness, by providing a kind of supporting network for other important structural tissue components, at the same time drawing moisture to the area and holding onto it. Over time, our natural levels of this sugar diminish, which is where fillers can help – literally filling wrinkles and hollow areas from within.

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How long will the results last?

The effects of dermal fillers can last anywhere between 9 and 24 months, depending on what product has been used. Both the brand and the thickness will impact how long the filler lasts.

Is there any downtime?

There is very little downtime with dermal filler injections. The average treatment session lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and you can return to your day-to-day activities straight away.

Are there any side effects?

The type of dermal fillers that contain the synthetic sugar molecule are usually well tolerated, however, as with all medications, side effects can occur.

Your doctor will discuss in detail what to expect from treatment, at your consultation.

Reported side effects from dermal fillers include: injection site redness, pain, swelling, firmness, lumps and bumps, bruising, itching or discolouration. In the vast majority of cases, these effects are temporary and should resolve within a week.

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ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS FAQS

Is there any downtime? 

There is very little downtime with anti-wrinkle injections. The average treatment session lasts about 10 minutes and you can return to your day-to-day activities straight away.

What are the differences between dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections?

Dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections are very different products - but because they’re both injectable treatments used in facial aesthetics, people sometimes confuse the two.

The most commonly used dermal fillers replicate the action of a naturally occurring sugar molecule, essentially filling out lines and hollow areas from within, by restoring volume and replenishing moisture in the treated area. The results are immediate and last between 9 and 24 months, depending on the type of product used. Dermal fillers can be used in the upper, mid and lower face.

Anti-wrinkle injections, on the other hand, contain a natural, purified protein, derived from bacteria under sterile laboratory conditions in much the same way that penicillin is made from mould. This protein relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles in the expressive areas around our eyes and forehead. Initial effects are rapid (within a couple of days) and last between three and four months. Anti-wrinkle injections can be used in the upper face (crow’s feet, frown or ‘glabellar’ lines and forehead lines) but not all products are indicated for use in all three of these areas.

Another key difference is in the aftercare involved. With dermal fillers, it is recommended to avoid massaging or applying pressure to the treatment area for at least 24 hours. You should also avoid extended exposure to the sun, UV light and extreme temperatures for two weeks and do not wear make-up for 12 hours after treatment. Doctors also recommend that you have your filler treatment reviewed after two to four weeks.

When it comes to anti-wrinkle injections, it is recommended that you avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area for at least four hours afterwards, and that treatment is reviewed two weeks later.

In addition, the treatment process itself differs. Anti-wrinkle injections are administered by multiple, ‘pin-prick’ style, short injections and as a result there is very little discomfort. With fillers, the injections are usually much fewer, but may also be longer. Many commonly used dermal filler products contain an anaesthetic, which helps to alleviate any discomfort from the procedure.

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Are there any side effects?

Anti-wrinkle injections are usually well tolerated, however, as with all medications, side effects can occur.

Your doctor will discuss in detail what to expect from treatment, at your consultation.

Possible side effects include: pain, burning or stinging; bruising, swelling or redness at the injection site; local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids or eyebrows; swollen eyelids and skin tightness; tingling sensations, itching or aching forehead; headaches, nausea and flu-like symptoms. Effects are usually temporary and should resolve within a week.

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NATURAL RESULTS FAQS

How can I get a natural look with dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections?

To achieve a natural-looking result with dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections, the key is to follow a detailed treatment plan, created for the individual in conjunction with a skilled doctor, which considers the face as a whole.

A personalised treatment plan can be gradual, with subtle improvements unfolding over a planned timeline that takes into account treatment aspirations as well as the normal ageing process.

With natural-looking results, you will simply appear more relaxed, well rested and generally rejuvenated, as the products do their work to restore volume and fill or relax wrinkles and lines.

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How can I avoid a fake look, like a ‘trout pout’?

Along with following a detailed plan for subtle, balanced enhancement, you should also keep your expectations realistic.

Remember that you still want to look like ‘you’ - just a more refreshed version. Consider as well that there is a ‘wow’ factor that comes into play immediately after your first treatment. After a month or two of looking at your face each day in the mirror, this may wear off. It doesn’t mean that the treatments have worn off – it just means you’ve become used to your new look. Don’t be tempted to go back to your doctor and ask for more at that point. Wait a few more months and follow the plan you have made with your chosen clinic.

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Aren’t injectable treatments just for celebrities? 

The beauty of these products is that they are accessible and available to anyone, from all walks of life.

In fact, millions of ordinary women of all ages – and increasing numbers of men - are embracing dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections to restore volume to the face, and anti-wrinkle injections to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, with natural-looking results.

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WHAT TO EXPECT FAQs

Are injectable treatments expensive?

They don’t have to be. Your practitioner can tailor a treatment plan that fits your budget.

Often, in order to create a subtle, gradual change, your planned treatments will be phased with several months in between anyway, which is a great help with budgeting.

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What is important for me to know about cosmetic clinics?

Dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections are regulated medical products that must only be administered by a registered doctor who should also have had training in providing dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.

Your first consultation should be with the prescribing doctor, who should conduct a face-to-face consultation in person, take a full medical history from you and give you a medical examination to ensure you are physically and psychologically suited to having cosmetic injectable treatment.

You should certainly never feel pressured into treatment. For a check-list of queries you can discuss with your doctor, to help ensure you’re being offered a high standard of both service and product, you can visit the ‘NEXT STEPS’ section of this website

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Will the injections hurt?

With dermal fillers, there will be a slight stinging or discomfort at the site of the injection, but this typically lasts no longer than 30 seconds.

Many commonly used dermal fillers contain an anaesthetic, which helps to alleviate any discomfort associated with the procedure.

With anti-wrinkle injections, the sensation is more like a series of short ‘pin pricks’, and usually no anaesthetic is necessary.

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How do I know what product is best for me?

You can ask your chosen clinic what brand of products they are recommending and why, as not all products are the same.

They may feel slightly different or last for different periods of time. They may also be approved for use in different areas of the face, which means they have the trials and research to demonstrate they are effective and well tolerated in that area. You should also feel comfortable asking for the doctor to confirm they are only using products listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods for use in a particular area of the face and if you are in any doubt, look at alternative clinics.

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