Dermal Fillers Information

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Injectable Dermal Fillers:

Dermal fillers can help to enhance your features and augment natural beauty by adding volume, improving symmetry and lifting specific areas of the face. As we age our face changes: our skin sags and the small compartments of fat carefully arranged throughout the face lose volume and shrink. These changes give us the appearance of ageing.

By targeting these small areas with small amounts of soft dermal fillers we can replenish that lost volume and lift the skin back up. The natural hyaluronic acid filler not only fills but also nourishes the skin tissue buy drawing in water and encouraging the body to build up the supporting collagen in the area that has been lost with age.

Fillers can also be used to enhance areas of the face such jawline, cheeks and lips as well as correct any fine or deep lines that have developed with time or even correct any asymmetry that might be bothering you.

Are dermal fillers safe?

Millions of dermal filler treatments have been performed worldwide and are extremely safe and effective when injected properly, resulting in the most natural of differences.

At the Durham Cosmetic Clinic we only use the safest, most effective FDA-approved, naturally biodegradable hyaluronic acid dermal fillers which are designed to mimic the naturally occurring hyaluronic acid in our skin. Dr Peter Aspell performs all consultations and treatments himself and will go through all of your questions in your initial 30 minute consult.

How do dermal fillers work?

Your skin naturally produces hyaluronic acid, a sugar-based compound responsible for delivering and maintaining moisture and nutrient levels in skin cells. This helps in creating volume and smoothness in your skin.

Unfortunately, with time, your skin’s ability to manufacture its own hyaluronic acid decreases. When dermal fillers are injected into fine lines, wrinkles, or sunken areas of the face, they replenish the hyaluronic acid that has been absorbed into your body over time, helping you achieve a more youthful appearance.

The benefits of the hydration and increase in the body’s collagen build up actually improves the tissue over time. We inject them through very fine needles and soft cannulas under the skin into specific areas.

How long do dermal fillers last?

Dermal fillers are not permanent and will break down over time. All the fillers used at the Durham Cosmetic Clinic are made from hyaluronic acid, a natural component of our body and skin, which breaks down after around 9 to 18 months. We are currently using the Belotero range from Merz but have others available.

Is there any downtime?

Treatment usually takes approximately 30 minutes. There is little or no downtime and you can resume normal activities right away. We do recommend avoiding alcohol on the day of the treatment and suggest avoiding vigorous exercise for the remainder of the day after a treatment to minimise swelling and bruising.

There is no need for allergy testing because the fillers contain hyaluronic acid which naturally occurs in your skin anyway and is used in other medical treatments. If there is a little swelling, you can easily camouflage it with makeup.

What does it feel like? Will I feel any pain?

Treatment is very well tolerated and is usually painless however topical anaesthetic creams may be used 30 minutes prior and in some cases a dental block can be used. All the fillers used at the Durham Cosmetic clinic contain local anesthetic within the filler itself.

How will my face feel and what side effects can occur?

Patients usually have minimal to no pain after filler injections.

Common side effects are localised and temporary such mild swelling/brusing, occasional itchiness or tenderness with the swelling. These are usually very well tolerated. Rare risks such as blindness, loss of blood supply to an area of skin and infection associated with the filler product have been reported in literature. These are rare and treatable if managed appropriately.

What areas can be treated with dermal filler?

- Cheeks

- Temples

- Lips and corners of the mouth

- Jaw line and chin augmentation

- Smoker’s lines

- Tear Troughs

- Marionette lines

- Nasolabial folds

- Chin augmentation

- Nose

- Hands

- and more...