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.

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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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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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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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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