DERMAL FILLERS

Fillers are injectable gel like products containing hyaluronic acid, which can help to restore a healthy, youthful appearance by filling lines and wrinkles or restoring volume.

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring molecule found in our soft tissues. When first discovered Hyaluronic acid was referred to as the “goo molecule” due to its ability to hydrate and attract water.

The difference between our natural Hyaluronic acid in our soft tissues and the injected products is the cross-linking. The injectable Hyaluronic acid is more cross-linked which means it remains in the tissue for a much longer period of time.

Different benefits of fillers: –

1. Volume replacement (e.g. from ageing, congenital defects, atrophy)
2. To fill scars e.g. acne scars
3. To treat deep wrinkles e.g. nasolabial folds
4. To treat fine wrinkles e.g. crows feet
5. To augment the nose e.g. non-surgical nose-job

 

Treatments effects are immediate and peak at 2 weeks, they then last between 4 – 8 months.

Restylane was the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cosmetic injection into facial tissues. Restylane has been used in over 11 million treatments worldwide and has one of the best safety profiles of any hyaluronic acid filler.

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Restylane is the trade name for a range of injectable fillers formulated from non-animal sourced hyaluronic acid.

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Hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers can enhance features and soften deep lines

Technique
Total time approximately 30 minutes

1. Consent and photographs
2. Skin is prepared with antiseptic
3. Skin is marked
4. Injection of fillers into specific locations to achieve desired effects


Post Procedure Management

Bruising and redness may occur
Avoid touching the skin or any application of products for 24 hours
Avoid vigorous exercise, sauna and swimming for 24 hours
Avoid alcohol for 24 hours
Paracetamol for analgesia


Risks

Pain, bruising, bleeding (common)
Asymmetry
Inflammation (rare)
Infection (rare)
Pigmentation increase or decrease (rare)
Local or systemic migration of filler (rare)


Cost

 

Product Procedure Cost Effect duration Downtime
Restylane 1ml 30 mins £250 (each additional vial £150)

 

8 months 1 day
Juvéderm® VOLUMA® 1ml 30 mins £300 (each additional vial £200)

 

12 months 1 day
RADIESSE® 1.5ml 30 mins £300 (each additional vial £200)

 

18 months 1 day
Skinbooster 30 mins £250 (each additional vial £150)

 

9 months + 1 day