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Dermal fillers

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers represent a substance that is present in many species of animals, plants and in many parts of human beings, particularly their skin and joints. A stabilised version of this substance is injected into the skin and used commonly to treat wrinkles, depressed scars and heavier expression lines. Cosmetic improvements such as lip or cheek enhancements as well as improvements to the appearance of the nose and chin are also commonly performed using these substances. Dermal fillers can also be used to treat traditionally more difficult areas such as the hands and chest.

What to expect during a dermal filler procedure?

Anaesthetic cream may be applied to the area 15–30 minutes prior to the procedure or nerve blocks may be used to minimise discomfort. Many of these products now contain local anaesthetic to help minimise discomfit. There are areas where pain is minimal and preliminary creams and injections are not required. Once the area has been prepared the substance is then injected via a few different entry points (depending on the area/areas being treated) using either a needle or a cannula.

How long will a dermal filler treatment take?

Depending on the area or areas being treated the procedure can take anywhere from ten to forty five minutes.

What to expect after your dermal filler treatment?

Swelling at the injection site is very common and is generally more severe when the lips are injected. This generally subsides in 48 hours. Pain is usually minimal, though injections around the mouth and nose area are more sensitive than elsewhere. Bruising can occur after injection, but usually resolves within 7 days. It can take up to 2 weeks for the swelling and bruising to completely subside and the final result is revealed.

Are there risks associated with dermal fillers if so what are they?

  • Although rare, complications and true allergies may occur, however dermal fillers are a safer choice than the permanent or long lasting agents.
  • Irritation at the injection site may present as itchiness, swelling or redness. This is usually a local irritation, not an allergic reaction, and resolves spontaneously.
  • The frown area is particularly prone to complications including scarring and infection due to its particular anatomy and needs to be treated carefully.
  • Scarring or darkening of the skin may occur due to blood supply being partially blocked. This is a very rare complication.
  • Poor effect or weak filling effect, glabella necrosis, abscess formation, granuloma and hypersensitivity may also occur in rare cases.

Contact our reception staff to make an appointment by email or telephone (03) 9826 4966 to find out whether this is an appropriate treatment for your skin.

The treatment information contained on this site is of a general nature only. Please make an appointment to find out which treatment will be the most successful for your individual concern