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Dermal Fillers

What are dermal fillers

A dermal filler is a hyaluronic acid based gel which is injected into the skin.  Hyaluronic acid also occurs naturally in the body.  The fillers used are non-permanent and are absorbed into the skin over a period of time.  Individual response is varied and can last from 6 - 12 months.  It is not the same as botox.  Read more about the difference between botox and fillers here.

Is it painful

Filler injections can be painful.  We use a numbing cream for 30 minutes prior to your procedure to reduce pain sensation. Most fillers now have lignocaine added them.  This provides anaesthetic during injection.  


We also use a vibration device to prevent pain.  The Gate theory states that we cannot perceive vibration and pain concurrently due to the distribution of our nerve fibres.  A vibration device uses this principle to make your experience more pleasant. 

What are fillers used for

Dermal fillers can be used for the treatment of deep wrinkles such as the creases between the nose and mouth.

Certain fillers can be used for deep injection in the cheek area to correct age-related volume loss in adults over 21

Results can last up to 15 months.

Fillers can be injected into the lips to plump them and give a fuller look.  


It can be used to accentuate the lip border and enhance the "cupids bow" (the "M" part of your mid-upper lip).


Fillers give a smooth, soft consistency that mimics the natural feel of your lips.  


Smokers lines around the mouth can also be treated.

Your doctor will discuss which filler will best suit your needs. 

Side effects

Some of the side effects you can expect during or after your filler injections are:

  • Pain

  • Bruising

  • Swelling

These usually settle within a few days.

Complications of fillers include:

  • Allergic reaction to hyaluronic acid or lignocaine

  • Lumps felt under the skin at the site of injections

  • Asymmetrical result

  • Emboli - should any filler enter the blood stream, it may cause an obstruction to blood flow 

Juvederm Volbella was used in this patient

Restylane Kysse was used in this patient

Restylane Kysse was used to improve volume and proportion

We will advise you on how much filler you would need to achieve your desired look.  We aim for subtle results to give you a confidence boost!

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