10 Things You Should Know About Dermal Fillers
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal Fillers are injections of a gel made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in your skin. At Palm Clinic, we use Juvederm dermal filler, which contains an anaesthetic to increase your comfort and relaxation levels during the injection process.
Why would you need dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers fight against the signs of aging by smoothing out wrinkles and folds in your skin, resulting in a more youthful appearance. Normally, people use dermal fillers in areas such as their cheeks, corners of the mouth, and jawline. However, dermal fillers can also be used in your lips to enhance their shape and fullness.
Why do people choose dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are perfect for people who want to avoid facial surgery and a general anaesthetic, which some resort to without considering less invasive and safer options. The natural quality of the gel used, the lack of pain and side effects, as well as the length of time they last, are all drawcards for our clients.
How long do dermal fillers last?
Dermal fillers normally last between 6 and 24 months, depending on the patient’s reaction to the injections, the area that is targeted, and the exact type of product that is used.
Is the process painful?
While the anaesthetic inside the filler is enough to make the process relatively painless for most clients, if necessary we can use a “nerve block” anaesthetic for increased comfort. Like at the dentist, this ensures the entire area is completely numbed before injections commence. After the injections, it will take a few hours for any remaining numbness to completely subside.
Are there any associated side effects?
Most commonly, people will experience temporary discomfort after getting dermal fillers. There’s also the minor possibility of bruising and swelling, but we aim to minimise this through using the gentlest techniques possible. Avoiding exercise around the time of your treatment, and staying away from anti-inflammatories such as aspirin, is the best way to reduce the chance of bruising. It is possible to have an allergic reaction to dermal fillers, but this is extremely rare and our clinic will always have products on hand to break down and remove the dermal fillers as soon as possible.
What are synthetic dermal fillers?
Synthetic dermal fillers are considered semi-permanent, but many will last indefinitely due to ingredients like micro-polymer agents, which work in a different way to the natural acids used in natural dermal fillers such as Juvederm. Palm Clinic doesn’t offer synthetic dermal fillers as, while they are potentially permanent, any negative side effects can also be permanent.
What’s the difference between Dermal Fillers and Botox?
Botox relaxes muscles to put a stop to creases and wrinkles that are developed through natural facial expression, and is typically used in the upper face area, affecting wrinkles around the forehead and eyes. Botox is better for reducing these dynamic moving wrinkles as it reduces their motion and visibility. On the other hand, dermal fillers are the preferred choice for smoothing wrinkles in the lower face, and will last longer than Botox.
How much do dermal fillers cost?
At Palm Clinic, dermal filler treatments begin at $800, and the cost will vary based on the amount of filler needed, as well as other factors. We will always discuss the price of dermal fillers with you during our initial consultation.
Can I get dermal fillers removed?
Dermal fillers can be replaced with an enzyme called hyalase that gently breaks it down. At Palm Clinic, we recommend coming in to talk to us if you’re dissatisfied with your dermal fillers, and we’ll propose a solution to provide you with a happier smile!