Dermal fillers, aka volumising fillers, are made of hyaluronic acid (glycosaminoglycan), a non-animal based sugar compound found naturally in our bodies. Hyaluronic acid gives our skin that plump, youthful, dewy appearance and is often used in skincare products due to its hydrating abilities. As we age, the amount of hyaluronic acid decreases.
Do injections hurt?
Dermal fillers are quite painless as they contain the local anaesthetic Lignocaine, which quickly numbs the area. You will feel a brief pinprick, but shortly after, there will be very little sensation. If you’re very sensitive, you may prefer to have us ice the area first or popssibly use a topical numbing cream. As denstists, we can use local anaesthetic, if required. However, both numbing cream and local anaesthetic are seldom necessary.
When will I see the result?
You’ll see the result instantly after the procedure. By the time you leave the clinic, you should already notice a visual improvement to your appearance. There may be a tiny amount of swelling over the next couple of days, however, so the full results will be seen after all swelling has subsided – approximately three days after the procedure.
Can I go out in public straight afterwards?
Yes, you can go back to work or continue your daily activities straight after the procedure. You may have a tiny amount of redness, which should pass within a couple of hours and can easily be camouflaged by wearing a light concealer. Occasionally, you may experience some mild swelling, so you may not want to be photographed or partake in a formal event immediately afterwards. Generally speaking though, your recent injections will go undetected.
What if I don’t like the results?
If, for any reason, you would like to reverse the procedure, this can be arranged by your practitioner injecting a liquid called Hyalerase (hyaluronidase). Your practitioner will inject the liquid directly into the area concerned to dissolve the recently injected filler.
How long will the treatment last?
There are a variety of dermal fillers on the market, some lasting longer than others. Depending on your prescribed filler, clinical studies indicate that they can last up to 24 months. At Oxford Street Dental Clinic, your practitioner will discuss the details about your filler at your appointment.
Do men have dermal fillers?
Absolutely! Many men are now choosing to regular have dermal fillers to enhance their appearance and delay the signs of ageing – particularly men in business. Much like men appreciate the benefits of a good haircut, skincare and a fit and healthy body to maintain a youthful appearance, dermal fillers are a wonderful adjunct. And, dermal fillers are far less invasive or noticeable than a facelift or hair transplant. Popular areas for men include treating sunken cheeks and nasolabial folds, which can prematurely age your appearance. Best of all, the treatment is totally undetectable. You will simply look well rested well-rested.
Are there any side-effects?
There are seldom any side-effects with dermal fillers. Occasionally, you may experience mild bruising, which should disappear within a few days at the most. Rarely, you may experience firmness, swelling, itching, pain or discolouration at the treatment site. If you are ever concerned about the side-effects you’re experiencing, contact the clinic immediately.
How much do dermal fillers cost?
The cost of your dermal or volumising filler will depend on the type of filler used and the amount injected. You will need to have a consultation at our clinic with one of our professionals to get a price.
How come some clinics advertise cheap fillers?
All fillers are not the same! If you come across a last-minute online special, an ‘injectables party’, a beauty parlour offering discount services or a Bali tour, please beware. Counterfeit products are available on the market and are far inferior to the high-quality product used at Oxford Street Dental. Counterfeit products may also be extremely dangerous. We recommend you only go to medically trained professionals for your dermal filler injections and take advice from educated professionals, not well-intended friends.
How long does the injection procedure take?
Dermal fillers are administered quite quickly. However, your initial consultation will usually be 30 minutes as you will need to discuss your concerns with the doctor, weigh up the options, and then commence treatment. The injections will usually be over within minutes.
Can I have just a tiny bit?
If you’re new to dermal fillers and would like to are on the side of caution, we can start with a small amount. However, a minimal amount is required for it to make a difference, and this will be decided by your practitioner. Generally speaking, the smallest amount is 0.5 ml.
What happens if I stop having dermal fillers?
If you stop receiving cosmetic injections, your face will simply go back to its previous appearance.