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As an increasingly popular, non-surgical treatment, many of our clients are curious as to what dermal filler actually is. This procedure involves the use of a gel-based, naturally-occurring sugar that is then injected beneath the skin’s surface. Dermal fillers are typically used to combat signs of aging, resulting in a total facial rejuvenation treatment. The procedure is most commonly undertaken to plump and define the lips. However, it is also used to smooth wrinkles, smile lines and creases with the goal of creating a fuller and more youthful profile.
The gels used for dermal fillers can vary greatly and it’s important to make sure you’re investing in quality and safety. Dermal filler gels should be tissue-friendly, thoroughly tested, bio-degradable and closely resemble those which already exist in the body.
As the injection of dermal fillers does not require surgery, many consider the treatment to be a cost-effective anti-aging treatment. This is also because there is less down time involved meaning you’re less likely to need to take time off work. On average, prices usually range from $400 to $1500 but the total cost will vary depending on which type of filler you choose and how much of it is used.
Fillers are long-lasting but not permanent and their biodegradable nature means that they will dissolve and metabolize into your skin tissue over time. Usually, dermal fillers will last anywhere from six months to two years. However, this will largely depend on factors like:
A highly sought-after treatment, fillers are procedure that delivers noticeable results after just a single treatment. Dermal fillers are a more natural and subtle cosmetic treatment option as they will not interfere with your facial expression. In addition to being incredibly effective at combating wrinkles and plumping lips, dermal fillers can also combat other signs of aging like blotchy and blemished skin.
As is the case with any medical procedure, there will always be some level of risk involved. Because of this, during the consultation process it’s important to discuss your medical history with your doctor who will then be able to provide you with the most accurate healing recommendations possible.
Your doctor will advise you of initial aftercare precautions like to sleep laying flat on your back, avoid touching the treated area and performing strenuous activities. It is normal to experience some swelling, redness and minor bruising after receiving dermal fillers and side effects like small lumps, itching or tenderness will often resolve quickly.
When comparing dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle treatment, it’s important to keep in mind that they are two different procedures and so will naturally produce results. Anti-wrinkle injections will ‘freeze’ or relax the muscles near the targeted wrinkles in order to prevent the lines from forming whereas dermal fillers “fill in” or plump areas that have lost volume and smoothness.
Dermal fillers can last anywhere from six months to two years, anti-wrinkle treatments typically last three to four months. .
If you’d like to know more about what dermal filler is and what the procedure will involve, contact us today to book in a consultation or feel free to fill out a quick enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.