Dermal Filler FAQs

By Dr. TRACY MOUNTFORD, MBBS MBCAM


Summary of Content

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  1. What are dermal fillers?
  2. Which dermal filler lasts the longest?
  3. What are nose fillers?
  4. What is the difference between Restylane and Juvederm?
  5. Does Juvederm stimulate collagen?
  6. Are dermal fillers long-lasting?
  7. Can dermal fillers be removed?
  8. How long do fillers last in the cheeks?
  9. What can dermal fillers be used for?
  10. How will I know which dermal filler is right for me?
  11. How soon will I notice results?
  12. I’m interested in having dermal fillers but will the injections hurt?
  13. What’s the difference between a dermal filler and botulinum toxin?
  14. What to expect after dermal fillers?
  15. Are dermal fillers safe?
  16. How much do dermal fillers cost?

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are non-surgical injectable treatments that help to restore a fresher and smoother appearance. They boost the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar-based substance that keeps the skin hydrated and nourished. This instantly adds volume to the skin while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers are injected into the skin at different depths by trained medical professionals to help fill in facial wrinkles, restore lost volume, target signs of ageing and improving the general quality of the skin.

Which dermal filler lasts the longest?

Longevity of the dermal fillers depends on factors such as:

  • Density of the filler
  • Injection area
  • Patient’s metabolism
What are dermal fillers?

What are nose fillers?

There are no specific nose fillers per se. Certain types of fillers can be used in the area of the bridge of the nose to alter its shape. Often called non-surgical rhinoplasty, they can be used to effectively straighten a hooked nose, create a slight turn-up or correct asymmetry.

What is the difference between Restylane and Juvederm?

Juvederm and Restylane are both FDA-approved dermal fillers made from hyaluronic acid gels. Juvederm comes as a smooth gel while Restylane is slightly granular. These differences can impact on where your practitioner decides to use the fillers. Restylane typically lasts from between 6 to 9 months, while Juvederm is labelled as lasting from 9 to 12 months.

Does Juvederm stimulate collagen?

Although Juvederm and other dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid to fill out wrinkles, several studies suggest that these fillers also induce the formation of collagen. The result of this stimulation is that skin looks fresher and more rested for longer.

Are dermal fillers long-lasting?

All the dermal fillers used at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic are semi-long lasting and made from hyaluronic acid, which breaks down and is absorbed into the skin after around 6 to 18 months.

Are dermal fillers long-lasting?

Can dermal fillers be removed?

Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, can be quickly dissolved using an enzyme known as hyaluronidase. This acts to disperse hyaluronic acid, speeding up the natural breakdown of the dermal filler. The use of hyaluronidase to remove fillers is off-license, so your practitioner will only go ahead if it is “in the best interest of the patient on the basis of available evidence”.

How long do fillers last in the cheeks?

The length of time a treatment lasts relies on a number of factors, including treatment area, skin elasticity, injection technique, the type of filler used and the patient’s metabolism. As everyone’s body is different and results will vary from person to person, your practitioner will be able to advise on the best course of action following a consultation. Juvederm and Restylane generally last between 6 months and 1 year.

What can dermal fillers be used for?

They can be used most effectively and naturally to restore areas of lost volume in the face that occurs as we age, which often contributes to the sag and jowling. Strategic and skilful placement of filler can lift and support the face naturally with no need for a surgical procedure.

Dermal fillers can smooth fine lines on the forehead and the lower face. Moderate lines occurring in the mouth to chin area and the nose to lip corners can be softened. Cheeks and chins can be remodelled and given more definition. Scars can be minimised, while lips can be defined or enhanced, subtly and naturally. Skinboosters can be used to increase hydration to the skin, particularly the face, neck, hands and décolletage.

How will I know which dermal filler is right for me?

Different fillers achieve different outcomes. At your initial consultation with our qualified medical practitioners, we’ll discuss a personalised treatment plan that’s tailored to you. It could be that you need one or more of these options:

  • Increase hydration to your face, neck, hands and décolletage
  • Smooth fine lines on your forehead and the lower face
  • Soften moderate lines in your mouth to chin area and from your nose to lip corners
  • Remodel your cheeks and chin, and give more definition
  • Minimise scars
  • Define or enhance lips, subtly and naturally
  • Restore lost facial volume.

How soon will I notice results?

You should be able to spot the difference immediately as a non-surgical lift. Your skin will look dewy and revitalised in a totally natural way.

How soon will I notice dermal filler results?

I’m interested in having dermal fillers but will the injections hurt?

Many people find their procedure at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic more comfortable than expected, and most dermal fillers contain a local anaesthetic. Our medical practitioners are highly skilled and precise; you should merely feel a light sting on your skin during the injection procedure.

What’s the difference between a dermal filler and botulinum toxin?

Both treatments involve injections, but botulinum toxin relaxes muscle movement that results in wrinkles while dermal fillers simply plump out and smooth wrinkles. Sometimes, these treatments are more effective when combined.

What to expect after dermal fillers?

Immediately after the treatment, patients may experience slight redness, swelling or tenderness around the area that has been treated. They may also experience raised or inflamed skin as well as itching in the treatment area. These side effects are completely natural and tend to subside in one to two days for the vast majority of patients who experience them. On rare occasions, patients may also bruise. However, all of these symptoms will gradually disappear over a period of 7-14 days.

Swelling lasts? 1-2 days

Patients can eat? Immediately after the treatment.

Exercise? After 24 hours.

Are dermal fillers safe?

Dermal fillers are safe treatments when administered by an experienced and medically qualified practitioner. The FDA has approved a range of dermal filler brands for cosmetic use, and as long as these approved fillers are applied to patients by a qualified practitioner, then they should generate no damaging side effects. However, as medical substances, they do come with a range of side effects including: skin rashes, redness, bruising, itching and swelling. Medically trained practitioners are adept at applying dermal fillers in a strategic way to avoid the chances of these side effects from occurring.

The best way for patients to ensure they receive a safe dermal filler treatment is to ensure that the clinic is CQC registered and that the clinician is adequately qualified to administer the treatment. High-quality clinic staff with safety credentials are often registered with professional industry bodies like the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses to show they meet set standards in training, skill and insurance. At The Cosmetic Skin Clinic, we have a renowned reputation for our exceptional staff safety standards, having been voted as one of the Best Dermal Filler clinics in the UK by Tatler magazine. We also have a 5-Star Trustpilot rating which reflects our dedication to results and high patient safety standards.

Are dermal fillers safe?

How much do dermal fillers cost?

At The Cosmetic Skin Clinic, dermal filler treatments start from £350. As a leading UK centre for clinical excellence, we have a reputation for outstanding results, which is seen in our 5-Star Trustpilot rating. Find out more about our dermal filler treatments in London and Bucks by filling in our online contact form.

How to reach our clinics in London and Buckinghamshire

The Cosmetic Skin Clinic in London is located near Harley Street and within walking distance of Baker Street, Oxford Circus and Bond Street tube stations. You can also reach us via trains from Paddington or Kings Cross St Pancras Train Stations.

The Cosmetic Skin Clinic in Buckinghamshire is sitauted in Stoke Poges and near Gerrards Cross (Chiltern Railway) and Slough’s (First Great Western) station. If you’re travelling with your own car, the M25, M4, M40 and A40 roads, makes it very convenient to reach from Richmond, Kingston upon Thames, Wembley, and from the Surrey area.

For more details on our clinic’s locations and how you can find us by car, bus, train or by foot, please check our dedicated clinic location pages.

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