Interested in dermal fillers? At Honour Health, we provide dermal fillers in our Newcastle, Ponteland and Stanley clinics. Read on to find out everything you need to know about this rejuvenating skin treatment!
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal Fillers are non-surgical cosmetic treatments, which create a more youthful appearance by restoring volume or fullness to the face and lips. They work by reducing or eliminating lines, wrinkles and folds in the skin, and the effect is seen immediately after treatment.
Dermal fillers tend to be broadly classified as being either non-permanent or semi-permanent in their effect. At Honour Health Skin, we only use non-permanent dermal fillers, and the brand we use is called Teosyal.
Why are they so popular?
As skin ages, both naturally and because of other factors such as sun damage, smoking and poor diet, we lose collagen, fat and other natural moisturising substances from our skin. With fewer of these, our skin becomes thinner and we start to see lines, wrinkles and folds developing. Dermal fillers are a highly effective way of combatting this.
What is in dermal fillers?
The leading dermal filler substances used by most UK practitioners are hyaluronic acid-based products.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the spaces between the cells of body tissues. It has now largely replaced collagen as the favourite filler of UK cosmetic experts, because it is more likely to be compatible with our bodies than collagen.
What results can I expect?
- Increase the size and volume of lips
- Help to fill out lines around the lips, the lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial lines), and smile lines on the cheeks
- Add volume to sunken cheeks and weak chins, reshape the tip of the nose, as well as filling out deeper acne scars or other scars
- Lessen the appearance of dark under-eye circles within the ‘tear trough’ area
How is it done?
For tear trough and cheek fillers, a cannula needle is used, where a small amount of an anaesthetic (like the ones used by dentists) is injected into the treatment area. This helps to numb the area and minimise pain when the needle is inserted into the skin.
Before injections in the lips, a dental or lip block may be used, where a small amount of an anaesthetic (like the ones used by dentists) is injected into the lip area to help to numb them prior to treatment.
Depending on the area injected and the type of filler or pain control used, patients may find the procedure relatively painless to mildly uncomfortable.
Depending on the area treated, and which filler is used, treatment times can vary from around 30 minutes to an hour, and recovery time can be from a few hours to a few days.
Will there be bruising?
An immediate side effect of fillers is slight bleeding after the needle has been inserted into the skin. Mild bruising, redness, swelling and itching may also occur around the site of injection. These signs may take 2 – 3 days to vanish completely, especially around the lips where there is little flesh and the skin is tender. The corners of the mouth also tend to bruise a little more.
How long with the results last?
Exactly how long results last is quite individual. It depends on the degree of correction required, the type of filler used, the area being treated, your age, skin type, muscular activity, lifestyle and injection technique.
On average, fillers are effective for six to twelve months for the treatment of wrinkles or scars.
For enhancing lip shape and volume, fillers usually last around six to nine months, and top up treatments are required to maintain the effect.
Would you like to chat to us in more detail about dermal fillers? At Honour Health, we offer free consultations to discuss any of our skin treatments. To book, call your chosen practice, or book online – just click the button at the top of this page.