Dermal Filler Injections

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Dermal Filler Injections

As the years go by, we lose our skin’s hydration and volume. Consequently, wrinkles and folds are more visible on our faces. In addition, as natural facial fullness begins to decrease, sagging becomes increasingly apparent, resulting in a less youthful appearance.

Dermal fillers, known as “wrinkle fillers”, are a simple and minimally invasive procedure with a short recovery time. Through dermal filler injections, you can address these signs of ageing by:

  • Smoothing out lines
  • Restoring lost volume
  • Plumping up the skin

Dermal fillers consist of gel-like substances, such as hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and poly-L-lactic acid, that are injected beneath the skin. They can help improve the appearance of:

  • Deep folds and wrinkles
  • Smile lines
  • lip lines
  • Nasolabial folds (nose to mouth lines)
  • A lack of jawline definition and jowl softening
  • Sunken cheeks
  • Temple hollowing

They can also be used to:

  • Reduce tear troughs
  • Augment the lips 
  • Enhance the cheekbones
  • Remodel the chin
  • Reshape the nose
  • Improve scars such as acne scars 
  • The decolletage

Frequently Asked Questions

The duration of dermal fillers varies depending on the type of filler used and the area of the face or body where it is injected. Generally, dermal fillers can last anywhere from 6-12 months up to 2-5 years. Here is a breakdown of how long some common types of dermal fillers last:

  • Hyaluronic Acid Fillers: These fillers typically last between 6 and 18 months. The duration depends on the type of filler and the injection area.
  • Calcium Hydroxylapatite Fillers: These fillers typically last up to a year or more.
  • Poly-L-lactic Acid Fillers: These fillers stimulate collagen production and can last up to two years or more.
  • Polymethylmethacrylate Fillers: These fillers are considered permanent and can last for many years or even indefinitely.

It’s important to note that the duration of dermal fillers can vary depending on several factors, including the individual’s metabolism, the area of injection, the amount of filler used, and the specific type of filler. Your dermatologist can provide more specific information on the expected duration of the filler used in your treatment. Additionally, following proper aftercare instructions and avoiding certain activities like smoking and excessive sun exposure can help extend the lifespan of your dermal fillers.

Yes, several factors can affect the longevity of a dermal filler. Here are some examples:

  • Type of filler: Different types of fillers have different lifespans. For example, hyaluronic acid fillers typically last between 6 and 18 months, while poly-L-lactic acid fillers can last up to two years or more.
  • Area of injection: Areas of the face that are subject to more movement, such as the lips and the nasolabial folds, may cause fillers to break down more quickly.
  • Amount of filler: The amount of filler used can affect how long it lasts. Overfilling can cause the filler to break down more quickly, while using too little may not achieve the desired results.
  • Metabolism: Individual differences in metabolism can also affect how long a filler lasts. Some people’s bodies may break down the filler more quickly than others.
  • Aftercare: Proper aftercare, such as avoiding certain activities like smoking and excessive sun exposure, can help extend the lifespan of a filler. Additionally, following up with maintenance treatments as recommended by your healthcare provider can also help prolong the results.
  • Age: The age of the patient can also play a role in how long fillers last. Younger patients may have longer-lasting results due to their skin’s natural elasticity and ability to regenerate collagen.

It’s important to discuss any concerns you may have about the longevity of your filler with your dermatologist or healthcare provider. They can help you select the most appropriate filler for your needs and provide you with information on how to best care for your skin after treatment to help prolong the results.

If you are unhappy with the results of your dermal filler injections, there are several options available to you:

  • Wait it out: Sometimes, the filler may settle or soften over time, and the results may become more to your liking. However, it’s important to note that this is not guaranteed and can take several weeks or months.
  • Filler dissolving injection: If you received a hyaluronic acid filler, your dermatologist or healthcare provider might recommend an injection of hyaluronidase to dissolve the filler. This can help reverse the effects of the filler quickly. Unfortunately, certain types of dermal fillers such as Sculptra and Radiesse, are permanent; you must wait for their results to wear off.
  • Massage: In some cases, massaging the treated area can help smooth out any bumps or lumps and improve the appearance of the filler.
  • Follow-up treatments: Depending on the specific filler used and the area treated, your dermatologist or healthcare provider may recommend follow-up treatments to achieve the desired results. They may adjust the amount of filler used or recommend a different type of filler.
  • Removal surgery: In rare cases, removal surgery may be necessary to correct any issues with the filler. This is typically only recommended if other options have been unsuccessful and the issue is causing significant discomfort or health concerns.

It’s important to communicate openly with your dermatologist or healthcare provider about your concerns and goals before and after treatment. They can provide guidance and recommendations to help you achieve the best possible results. Additionally, it’s important to choose a qualified and experienced provider to perform your filler injections to minimise the risk of complications and ensure the best possible outcome.

Dr Miller is here to help

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Dr. Natalia Miller

Each patient has their own individual set of ageing signs and skin conditions. In order to give you the results that you desire, Dr Miller will conduct an in-depth consultation with you by discussing your skin concerns and history, making sure that you’re a good candidate for the procedure. This way, she can ensure that treatment is tailored to meet your unique needs.

Next, Dr Miller will evaluate the area of concern and answer any queries you might have. She’ll demonstrate her work with a few examples and develop an effective treatment plan that’s perfect for you together with the explanation on the procedure as well as its risks and aftercare plans.

With Dr Miller, you can be sure that your desired results are achieved through tailored treatments that prioritise a fresh and natural look, as is preferred by most patients. Additionally, she will conduct a post-treatment review to ensure satisfaction before checking in with follow-up visits for any further questions or concerns.