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10 Questions You Might Have About Dermal Fillers, aka the ‘Filler Cheat Sheet’

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What are dermal fillers? What does a filler do?

Dermal fillers are one of the most popular treatments in the world of aesthetics. They are used to plump up the skin, reduce wrinkles, and restore volume to areas that may have become hollow or thin over time. Dermal fillers are formulated with a variety of ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxyapatite, and poly-L-lactic acid. Depending on the type of filler used, these ingredients can help to instantly smooth wrinkles, add volume, and rejuvenate the look of the face. Dermal fillers are also used to enhance features such as the lips, cheeks, and chin, providing a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

How long will fillers last?

Dermal fillers are a great way to instantly gain a more youthful, vibrant look. But the question we all want to know is: how long will my results last?

The answer to that question depends on the type of filler you choose and the area of the face being treated. Most dermal filers last between 6-18 months, with some lasting up to two years. The longer lasting fillers tend to be thicker, so they are generally used on larger areas of the face like the cheeks and chin. Thinner fillers are usually used around the eyes and lips and tend to last slightly less long.

The following are some common reasons people seek facial filler:

Chin + Jawline Definition

Recessed Chin

Lip Harmonisation

Lip Filler

Nasolabial Folds

Treatment Of Lines Around The Mouth

Accordian Lines (Smile Lines)

Midface Revolumisation


Non surgical rhinoplasty

Marionette Lines

Cheek Highlight + Definition

Cheek Filler

Tear Trough Correction

Under-eye Hollowing

Dark Circles

Temple Restoration

Temple Filler

Brow Lift

Plumping for Treatment Of Facial Lines


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Are fillers better than Botox?

Both Botox and dermal fillers have their own unique benefits, and they tend to work very well in combination. Botox works to temporarily relax wrinkles and lines by blocking nerve signals, while dermal fillers are injected beneath the skin, to help fill and plump areas like cheeks, lips and the jawline. Both treatments can achieve a more youthful appearance, but the results are different. Botox is great for targeting existing wrinkles and lines, while fillers can be used to add volume and definition to the face, and can also be used to restore lost volume due to age.

Who is a candidate for fillers?

If you’re considering facial fillers, you may be wondering if you would be a good candidate for them. Facial fillers can be an excellent way to achieve a more youthful and refreshed look if you’re the right candidate. Generally speaking, facial fillers are most beneficial for individuals who have experienced some facial volume loss due to the natural aging process. If you have wrinkles, fine lines, and sunken cheeks, facial fillers can help to reduce the signs of aging and give you a more youthful appearance. Additionally, facial fillers can be used to enhance facial features such as your lips, chin, and cheeks. Ultimately, the best way to determine if facial fillers are right for you is to consult with a qualified and experienced aesthetic expert.


Do fillers damage your face?

Do facial dermal fillers damage your face? In short, no. Dermal fillers are a safe and effective way to add volume and definition to your face, and when performed by a qualified and experienced professional, the risks are minimal. The procedure itself is relatively quick and painless, and many people report feeling minimal discomfort. Recovery time is short, and most people can return to their regular activities almost immediately. However, it’s important to understand the potential side effects, such as redness, swelling, and bruising, and to discuss your expectations and concerns with your provider before beginning the treatment.

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How can I prepare for my appointment?

  • Avoid exposing the area to the sun in the two weeks prior. Reschedule if you develop any active skin conditions/infections/inflammation at the site of treatment
  • Consider starting on arnica to help with swelling and bruising after treatment
  • Avoid drinking alcohol for 48 hours before and after treatment
  • Consider cessation of smoking
  • If you have a history of cold sores, preventative medicine is often indicated and is required in cases of recurrent or severe outbreaks
  • Stop taking any blood-thinning medication including fish oil and anti-inflammatories (in consultation with your doctor) at least 2 weeks prior to treatment
  • Avoid minor cosmetic treatments (superficial chemical peels, skin needling, non-ablative laser) for as least two weeks before your appointment
  • Avoid extensive dental work, surgery, and/or more invasive cosmetic treatments (lifting threads, ablative lasers) for at least 4 weeks before your appointment

What sort of aftercare do fillers require?

  • Steer clear of strenuous physical activity, swimming, spas, or any activity that might up your blood pressure and/or body temperature to prevent swelling and/or bruising from getting any worse, and lower the chance of infection
  • Avoid touching the injection sites anda hold off on any makeup for 12 hours
  • For the next two weeks, refrain from scrubbing, kneading, or pressing too hard on the treated area (including facials)
  • Avoid facial exercises and heavy lifting for 24 hours.
  • Sleep with head elevated, on your back until resolution of swelling
  • Avoid direct sun exposure and wear SPF 30+ daily
  • Give your skin a break from physical exfoliants and active skin care products for the next 3 days
  • Avoid chemical peels, microdermabrasion, IPL/laser, or intense skin treatments/cosmetic intervention for at least 2 weeks
  • Arnica (topical or oral) may be used post treatment to expedite recovery
  • Avoid alcohol and blood thinning medications for 48 hours.
  • Use cool compresses to reduce swelling, but do not apply ice directly to the skin.

Should any adverse symptoms occur, such as increased swelling or tenderness, please contact our office as soon as possible.

What types of dermal fillers do you offer?

We offer a wide range of dermal fillers to ensure you receive the optimal treatment. Our selection includes the latest and most innovative fillers, such as Juvederm, Restylane, and Voluma.

‘Baby Lip Fillers’ – what is this? And would this be a good option for me?

Baby lip fillers are a great way to subtly and naturally enhance the lips without the fear of over-plumping. Known as the ‘starter lip filler’ for those who are considering getting lip filler for the first time, it uses the same dermal filler product as the normal lip enhancement, but just requires a smaller amount. The aim is not to create an exaggerated look – rather, it is about making the shape of the lips prettier and more balanced. Baby lip fillers can give you that hint of added volume and definition, making them the perfect choice for anyone who wants to give their lips a subtle boost.

Can I have a consultation beforehand?

Absolutely! We understand that lip filler can be a big decision and we want to ensure you feel comfortable before going ahead with the procedure. Nurse Ragan would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the lip filler procedure. She is an expert in her field and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to aesthetic treatments. She can provide you with important information on the different types of lip fillers available and explain the benefits and risks associated with each one. She will also help you determine if lip filler is right for you, discuss the expected results and provide you with information on aftercare. We want to make sure you feel informed and confident with your decision, so please don’t hesitate to ask any questions.

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