Skin & Lip Fillers
Dermal fillers are gel-like agents injected beneath the skin to support it from below and smooth wrinkles. Whereas Botox-like agents effectively dull the nerve impulses to the muscles and are great for treating things like frown lines, fillers aim to plump out areas where the skin has lost its youthful volume. They are made of hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body, so they are readily synthesised by the body and are therefore non-permanent.
Fillers are commonly used to treat areas such as the cheeks, jawline, and around the eyes, mouth and lips. As we get older and stop producing collagen and elastin (two proteins that help to keep skin taut), the skin in these areas can lose tension and begin to look tired. Fillers restore this tension by lifting the skin and creating a smoother and more youthful appearance.
There are currently no regulations in place in the UK governing who can administer dermal fillers. Many beauty salons and spas offer injectable skin treatments but their staff are not medically trained in facial injections, facial anatomy and sterile procedures — leaving you at risk of long term damage and infections. Only by having dermal filler treatment with a medical professional like a dentist can you be sure that you are in safe hands.
When you come for filler treatment with us, our principal dentist Oberah will spend time with you discussing the exact effect you want to achieve, as fillers can be used in different ways to achieve different effects. For example, there are two ways of applying lip fillers — either injecting the agent into the mass of the lips to give a more pronounced pout or injecting around the edge of the lips to fill them out more evenly. Oberah will make sure she understands exactly what you’re looking for before beginning treatment.
The effects of dermal fillers are immediate and last for around six months to a year. You may experience a slight stinging sensation during your treatment and some patients experience some redness and tenderness afterwards — this is completely normal and will quickly settle.