Dermal Filler Patient Information

Dermal fillers are injectable products either synthetic or natural which are used to help restore volume or fill in various lines around the face. They are injected under the skin to give a more youthful or enhanced look.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable products either synthetic or natural which are used to help restore volume or fill in various lines around the face. They are injected under the skin to give a more youthful or enhanced look.

How are they applied?

Dermal fillers are administered by a trained medical practitioner and are injected around the face using various techniques.

What happens during the treatment?

Dermal fillers generally take around 30 – 45 minutes to administer. Your medical practitioner will discuss your thoughts and assess your face to decide on the best treatment plan for you. They will then determine the injection site to achieve the best results for you. Topical anaesthetic is generally applied 30 minutes before the treatment. Your practitioner will then administer the dermal fillers through several injections. You can usually feel the initial injection but the procedure shouldn’t be painful as most dermal fillers contain lidocaine products. You can return to work or day to day activities immediately.

Are there any side effects?

If they do occur, they are:
Temporary/ Mild to moderate
• Most common are slight bruising and swelling from the injection sites
• A detailed list of side effects can be obtained from the practitioner at your consultation.

When can you see results?

Dermal fillers work instantly. Following treatment the area should be left alone to settle.

How long does it last?

Dermal fillers on average last around 8 months but this can differ for each individual.

How much does it cost?

Dermal fillers are generally charged per syringe and vary depending on the strength
and longevity of the filler

Before treatment, the following topics need to be informed and understood by patients, your practitioner will go through all of the below with you:

– Bruising, redness and swelling
– Asymmetry, over correction or under correction
– Unpredictable persistence of filler, shorter or longer than anticipated
– Visible raised areas or small bumping at the injection site
– Do not manipulate or massage the area, bend forward for extended periods of time or lie down for 4 hours following treatment
– If you suffer from cold sores, the treatment may result in fresh eruption of the virus. If this occurs use Zovirax
– Rarely there may be slight visibility of the dermal filler below the surface of the skin
– Allergic response to such treatment is rare, as is infection to the treated area
– Prolonged firmness, abscess formation or greyish discoloration at the implant site may occur. Even more rare, the formation of a scab and sloughing (shedding) of tissue at the treatment site has been noted which could result in a shallow scar.

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