Dermal Filler 1ml
Learn everything about your treatment
Learn everything about your treatment
30 to 60 minutes
Local anaesthetic may be used
Dermal filler overview
What is a dermal filler?
Dermal fillers are one of the UK’s most popular cosmetic treatments. They are substances that can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the contours of the face. It is important to understand how dermal fillers work before you have your treatment. This dermal filler overview page provides an introduction to the procedure and what it involves.
What causes wrinkles?
A wrinkle is a line or fold that forms on the skin’s surface. They can develop on many different parts of the face. Wrinkles are a natural part of the skin’s ageing, however several factors can contribute to their development, including:
- Sun exposure
- Skin type
- Ageing and gravity
- Facial expressions such as smiling and frowning.
Wrinkles can be dynamic or static. Dynamic wrinkles can be seen when you use your facial muscles to make expressions such as frowning. Once you stop making these expressions, the wrinkles disappear.
Static wrinkles however, can be seen all the time, even when you are not making any facial expressions. As you age, these wrinkles can become more apparent. An example of static wrinkles are the laugh lines around the mouth.
Over time, dynamic wrinkles can turn into static wrinkles.
How can dermal fillers help treat wrinkles?
As we age, our faces gradually lose fat over time, leading to a loss of facial volume and fullness. This makes fine lines and wrinkles in the face look more apparent and make the face look older. Dermal fillers can help make the face look younger by smoothing out these fine lines and wrinkles. They do this by restoring the fullness that has been lost.
Dermal fillers only treat static wrinkles. If you are looking to correct dynamic wrinkles, your practitioner may suggest other anti-wrinkle treatments which are more suitable.
What else can dermal fillers do?
Fillers can also add volume to different parts of the face and can therefore:
- Soften facial creases and wrinkles.
- Improve shallow contours (e.g. eye hollows).
- Improve the appearance of deep scars (e.g. acne).
- Restore fat loss in the face.
- Add volume to the lips.
- Improve the shape of the chin, cheeks or nose.
- Give the hands a more youthful appearance.
Temporary and permanent fillers
Fillers can be temporary or permanent. It is important to be aware of what type of fillers you are having prior to your procedure. Temporary fillers typically last 3 months to 2 years. And although permanent fillers last much longer, they come with a higher risk of complications. As a result, they can only be safely used on specific parts of the face. Your practitioner will discuss the different types of fillers with you during your consultation.
As there is no current regulation in the UK on which kind of fillers can be used for cosmetic treatments, therefore it is vital that you check that your fillers are FDA (Food & Drug Administration) approved to ensure that they are safe to use.
Who should perform my treatment?
At present in the UK, there are no strict regulations on who can perform non-surgical cosmetic procedures. This leaves patients at a high risk of developing complications during and after treatment. Choosing an inadequately experienced or qualified practitioner increases this risk, and may lead to you needing further procedures.
At Medbelle, we choose to only work with surgeons who are members of BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic & Plastic Surgeons) or BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons) to ensure that our patients are in the safest hands possible.
If you have any further questions about this dermal filler overview page, your patient care adviser will be happy to help.