Dermal fillers are an effective and instant way to achieve smoother, plumper and more youthful skin. They offer a non-invasive procedure, which is relatively pain-free and can be done in as little as 30 minutes. Fillers offer results similar to that of a facelift or necklift, so are an increasingly popular choice for those considering anti-ageing treatments.
What are dermal fillers?
Fillers are small amounts of gel, which are injected into the skin to fill in wrinkles and plump up soft tissue. They’re usually made from hyaluronic acid, a harmless substance that dissolves over time.
Dermal fillers can be applied to various areas in the face, such as the cheeks, mouth and jawline to define features, and around the eye to diminish wrinkles and fill in under-eye bags. Lip fillers are also popular, adding plumpness and definition
How do they work?
As we age, our bodies gradually stop producing elastin and collagen, resulting in the loss of volume in the skin. This results in wrinkles and sagging skin. Fillers work by restoring that volume, smoothing out lines and wrinkles and adding lift.
How long do they last?
Results differ from person to person, but generally, you can expect the fillers to last for between six and 18 months. After this time, you will need to get them topped up again to maintain your youthful look.
What are the side effects?
One of the benefits of fillers is that there are minimal side effects. The injection itself causes only mild discomfort thanks to the use of anaesthetic. And afterwards, you may experience slight redness, puffiness or tenderness. These are all completely normal, and should fade within 24 hours. Occasionally, bruising may occur if the injection needle has hit a vein. Bruising is not uncommon and usually fades within 1-2 weeks.
What is the cost?
The cost varies depending on how many areas you would like treated. In reputable surgeries, you can expect to pay around £150-£300 per area. The undereye area is generally more expensive as it carries the most risk if not done properly.
Are they safe?
If performed by a qualified doctor, they are safe – and risks are minimal. Unfortunately, the injectables industry is not regulated in the UK and you do not need to be a qualified medical professional in order to do it. It is highly important to find a qualified practitioner, as they will know exactly where to inject to avoid complications such as tissue damage and infection.