What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are a cosmetic treatment designed to restore volume and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles whilst enhancing your natural facial contours. The treatment uses gel-like implants injected beneath the skin in areas on the face and neck where the loss of volume and dull, wrinkled skin are concerns. As we age, our bodies change, and one such change includes the natural substances collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid being produced less by our body. These natural substances produced by our bodies contribute to a youthful, glowing complexion and tight, plump skin. The loss of these elements causes our skin to sag, our cheeks and contours to become hollow from volume loss, our complexions to look dull and tired, and wrinkles to become more pronounced. Other factors such as sun exposure damage, lifestyle choices, and genetics can also cause unwanted changes to our appearance.
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Benefits of cosmetic injectables
Dermal fillers are capable of significantly revitalising your complexion for a youthful appearance and have other added benefits, including:
- Smooth and tighten the skin.
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, mouth, and neck.
- Boost and fill your lips to enhance their shape, size, and fullness for a poutier look.
- Restore volume to recessed facial areas such as the cheeks to give a youthful, plump appearance.
- Stimulate new collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production for smoother, hydrated skin, creating a rejuvenated, glowing complexion.
- Slim your facial contours for a natural, even appearance.
Dermal fillers consultation at Shellharbour Skin
You will need to book in for an initial consultation with our skilled team of clinicians at our Shellharbour clinic before undergoing your dermal fillers treatment. You will discuss your lifestyle and health at your consultation, including medical history, allergies, and any medications or supplements you may be taking. It is essential to mention any previous allergic reactions to medication or skincare you might have previously experienced, as well as any other cosmetic treatments you may have recently undergone. All these factors can influence your body’s reaction and healing of the dermal fillers. If you have any concerns, the consultation is your time to ask any questions about the treatment. Your clinician will ask about your current concerns and reasons for wanting cosmetic injectables and assess the treatment areas. You should discuss what you want to achieve with the treatment and your aesthetic goals. All information you provide during your consultation is vital to creating a bespoke treatment plan that factors in your health, concerns, and anticipated outcomes to achieve the best possible result.
What to expect
The treatment area is cleansed before beginning your cosmetic injectables treatment. Your clinician will inject a precise amount of filler underneath the skin in the chosen locations. Depending on the extent of the filler used and the treatment area, results are usually seen immediately after your session.
Patients may experience bruising and swelling, which generally subsides in a couple of days, but complete recovery can take a week or two. Some patients may notice raised bumps or lumps on their skin, which is not usually a cause for concern unless paired with other symptoms, such as redness, tenderness, or pain, which could indicate a potentially severe allergic reaction or infection. If patients experience these symptoms, they should contact our clinic immediately.
Types of dermal filler treatments at Shellharbour Skin
At Shellharbour Skin, we offer a range of dermal filler treatments designed to treat specific concerns commonly experienced by our patients. With its use of natural substances such as collagen and hyaluronic acid, dermal fillers can have diverse uses in treating various issues.
- Tear Trough Fillers
Tear trough fillers add volume to the lower eyelid area at the junction where the lower eyelids and cheeks meet. As we age, this facial area hollows and deepens, which can create the appearance of dark circles, and is often made worse by lack of exercise, prolonged illness, lack of sleep, stress, and lifestyle choices. Dermal fillers injected into the tear troughs work to restore volume and replenish soft tissue in the area for an instantly younger and fresher appearance.
- Lip Fillers
Lip fillers are a popular lip augmentation procedure that uses dermal fillers to provide fuller and plumper lips, correcting asymmetry and volume to complement your natural beauty. The results are temporary, lasting up to 18 months, and enhance the shape of your lips by adding volume to your cupid’s bow, vermillion border, or philtrum, tailoring the augmentation to your desired aesthetic outcomes.
- Nasolabial Fold Fillers
Nasolabial folds are fine lines that appear from the lower outer nose area to the corner of the mouth, causing an aged and tired appearance. Dermal filler injected into these areas will lift and treat these folds, restoring volume and plumping the area to smooth the lines. Loss of volume in this area means there is less structural support to the issue, causing the skin to sag and droop. Nasolabial fold fillers achieve a lifted appearance, providing smoother and softer skin.
- Cheek Fillers
Whether you have experienced volume loss and aging or would like to enhance your natural facial contours, cheek fillers can be an effective treatment to lift and plump your cheeks. Cheekbones frame your face, and sharper, higher cheekbones are often a desired look. Dermal fillers injected into the area will raise the volume above and around the cheekbone to provide the appearance of a more defined bone structure. Any wrinkles or fine lines in the area are smoothed out by injecting under the skin layer.
- Volume Restoration
As we age, our skin loses volume and structure due to our body producing less collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin. These natural substances are responsible for keeping your skin supple and youthful and providing structural support. Volume restoration fillers, which contain hyaluronic acid, can help restore volume to any area of the neck or face. Cosmetic injectables are also designed to stimulate natural collagen production to provide gradual and lasting results of a rejuvenated and healthy complexion.
Costs of dermal fillers in Illawarra
The cost of a dermal filler treatment varies for every patient and is based on the amount of filler used and the treatment areas to achieve your desired results. We always recommend that our patients book an initial consultation at our clinic to determine the cost for their specific dermal filler treatment. Our clinicians can evaluate your areas of concern and create a bespoke treatment plan based on your goals, health, and problems.
Results & aftercare for dermal fillers
Most patients find the results of their dermal fillers can last from six months to two years, but this will depend on the treatment areas and the type of filler used. Hyaluronic acid fillers are the most popular and can last up to 18 months, whereas other cosmetic injectables can last up to two years. Due to the filler’s density, how deeply it is injected, and how quickly a patient’s body metabolises the injectables, there is no general rule for how long they should last and will vary for every patient.
To ensure proper healing and the best-looking results, your clinician will provide you with an aftercare plan that can include:
- Do not wear makeup for the first couple of days after your treatment.
- Avoid exercising for the first 24 hours.
- Do not use active skincare products for at least five days post-treatment.
- Avoid skin treatments that could apply pressure or stress to the skin, such as microdermabrasion, skin needling, and facial massages.
- Stay away from extreme temperatures like saunas, spas, ice baths, or hot yoga until fully healed.
- Avoid inverted poses and keep your head elevated for the first four hours after treatment.
Risks & complications
No matter what treatment patients choose to undergo, whether cosmetic or medical, there are always associated risks and complications, which you should be aware of before deciding on a treatment. Dermal fillers carry the following risks and complications:
- Weakened muscles
- Skin discolouration
- Skin ulcers
- Vascular occlusion