Dermal fillers have become one of the most frequently performed non-surgical treatments due to their convenience, affordability and long-lasting results. At the Medispa Institute we only use non-permanent dermal fillers, as this gives a soft, natural result which is reversible if required. They also contain lidocaine or local anaesthetic to make the treatment much more comfortable.
Dermal fillers are used to increase the volume in areas of the face that have either lost volume with facial ageing or never had the volume to begin with. Dermal fillers are an excellent treatment to restore volume and plumpness to lips, chin, cheeks, jawline, around the eyes, brow, temporal and even the nose. In some cases, fillers can be used to improve the appearance of scars, especially acne scars.
At the Medispa Institute, all our dermal filler treatments are personally performed by Dr Turner, our Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar based molecule that is found in all living organisms, in particularly in high concentrations in our skin. The dermal fillers we use at Medispa Institute all contain hyaluronic acid which works to restore volume, structure and hydration by attracting water into the soft tissues and skin.
Naturally derived dermal fillers that contain hyaluronic acid have are much safer and have a very low risk of allergic reactions, which was common with previous dermal fillers. The hyaluronic acid that occurs naturally in our skin is continually replenished every 2 – 3 days. As we age, the production of the hyaluronic acid diminishes and this contributes to dehydration of our skin and volume loss in our face.
With modern dermal fillers, we can select the appropriate characteristics of the gel to the area we are treating. We can use a softer gel in the lips and a firmer gel closer to the bone in the cheeks or brow areas. With softer gel dermal fillers these can be metabolised by the body, or broken down and lose their volumizing effect quicker over 6-9 months. While the firmer gel dermal fillers are much more resistant to the body’s natural enzymes that degrade hyaluronic acid in our skin and last more than 18 months.
Is It Safe?
We only use dermal fillers that have hyaluronic acid as the active component at the Medispa Institute. While the concept of using a ‘permanent’ type of filler is appealing, the risk is too high. If the filler becomes infected or migrates the only option for treatment is surgical excision. While for a hyaluronic acid based filler, this can easily be dissolved with hyaluronidase injection.
Which Areas Are Treated?
Dermal Fillers can help revitalise your appearance, smoothing out wrinkles and giving your face a fresh and energetic look. The areas of that dermal fillers can be used for non-surgical facial enhancement include:
- Smooth deep wrinkles
- Lip Enhancement
- Volume Restoration
- Brow lifting
- Temporal hollows
- Eyes – tear trough
- Nasolabial folds
- Corner of mouth – marionette lines
- Nose reshaping
- Acne scars
How Long Do The Dermal Fillers Last?
Modern dermal fillers are long lasting due to the advances in the manipulation of the hyaluronic acid component used in the gel. The duration of the dermal filler depends not only on the type of filler used – whether it is a firmer or softer, but also the location where the filler is placed in the body.
With the softer fillers, they tend only lasting 6-9 months. However, the firmer fillers can have effects that last 18-24 months. If the filler is placed deeper on the face, eg close to the bone in the cheek or brow it has a much longer duration. While if the filler is placed in a mobile area that is very vascular like the lips its effect is shortened slightly. This is why with lip enhancement the treatment generally needs to be repeated after 6 months.
The Dermal Filler Procedure?
Before your treatment, a detailed consultation with Dr Turner is necessary to develop a treatment plan that’s uniquely designed for your appearance goals. A treatment session usually takes less than an hour, depending on the areas treated.
To ensure the dermal filler procedure is comfortable we often use a combination of ice-packs, topical numbing cream or selected injections of local anaesthetic depending on the location we are treating. The dermal fillers we use at Medispa Institute also contain lignocaine for added comfort during the injections. Dr Turner uses a combination of cannula and needle techniques for dermal fillers depending on the area being treated. The actual injections only take a few minutes.
Results of your treatment will be immediate, and there is no real downtime associated with dermal filler injections. You should expect some redness and mild swelling that usually subsides within one to two days. Bruising may occur in some individuals, but is typically mild and can be camouflaged with make-up. We recommend that you are reviewed by Dr Turner after 2 weeks to access the final result and determine if any touch up is required.
What Are The Costs For Dermal Fillers?
- 1ml dermal filler $600 – $750
- 2ml dermal filler $1,000 – $1,300
The costs for dermal filler treatments depends on the amount of filler required to achieve the desired effect. While most clients start with only 1 or 2mls, some with significant volume loss may require up to 4mls to achieve the result they are after.