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What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are non-surgical cosmetic treatments used to bring 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.
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. These can be thought of as the natural 'scaffolding' that keeps it looking young and feeling firm. With less of these, our skin becomes thinner and we start to see lines, wrinkles and folds developing. This is usually more noticeable on our faces.
Put simply, dermal fillers are used to restore that lost volume in the face by plumping out lines, wrinkles and folds.
How long do dermal filler last?
The length of time that dermal fillers last depends on the type of filler used and the area injected. On average, you would expect the results of a Hyaluronic Acid dermal filler to last around 6-12 months. Thicker dermal fillers tend to last longer than those used for finer lines. As the dermal filler is gradually broken down and the level of volume you gained lessens, you can choose to have the area 'topped-up' to retain the effect. However, if you decide not to, the advantage of non-permanent dermal fillers is that the area will gradually return to how it was before the treatment.
What to do next?
Please make an appointment to discuss the options for skin rejuvenation with our trained medical professional. Dermal fillers can be complemented by Botulinum Toxin treatment such as Botox as well as chemical peels. The practitioner will also advise you about skin care including sun protection and moisturisers.