Your guide to dermal fillers

Anti-Wrinkle Injections
Victorian Dermal Group
Victorian Dermal Group
October 27, 2021
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Everything you need to know about dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are among the most popular cosmetic procedures in Australia. More and more people of all ages are using this wonder treatment for rejuvenating their skin.

You might have considered dermal fillers if you've ever noticed lines on your face. But are they the right choice for you?

We've composed this helpful guide to give you all the information you need about dermal fillers. Read on for answers to all of your questions.

At Victorian Dermal Group we're devoted to helping you nourish and nurture your skin. Learn about our range of excellent dermal fillers.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable gels made of hyaluronic acid (HA). This acid mimics a naturally occurring sugar molecule pivotal to the body's skin cell production. When injected into your skin, it fills the space in which you've lost volume. As well, HA attracts water which means the injection area will be more hydrated, plump and youthful.

Dermal fillers are used to:

  • Smooth lines around the mouth and nose
  • Restore and enhance volume
  • Smooth chin contours and creases
  • Improve facial symmetry
  • Reduce vertical lip lines
  • Enhance and plump the lips

What effect do dermal fillers achieve?

Dermal fillers are injectables that contour and volumise areas of the face, leading to a smoother, fuller and more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers can help with signs of ageing, restoring your skin and confidence.

Are dermal fillers instant?

Yes, you'll be able to observe dermal fillers working right away.

Are dermal fillers safe?

Dermal fillers are considered very safe, but side effects can occur. The most common problems include:

  • Skin rash
  • Itching
  • Pimple-like eruptions
  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling

Other issues are less commonly observed, such as:

  • Lumps and bumps
  • Infections
  • Discolouration

Very rare and serious risks include:

  • Partial or total blindness if the dermal filler is inadvertently injected into a blood vessel
  • Allergic reaction requiring emergency medical help

Dermal fillers are an overwhelmingly safe and easy procedure that barely disrupt your life. You can receive them and continue on with your life as before, only with a more youthful appearance.

How long do dermal fillers take to be administered?

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This depends on the number of units being injected. Injections take about 2-5 minutes for each area. Typically, a treatment timelines is 30-60 minutes which includes a medical assessment.

What areas can be treated with dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are a flexible cosmetic option that can be used in a number of facial areas. It's really up to you, based on your goals. Treatment areas include:

  • Lips, nose and cheeks
  • Chin and jawline
  • Beneath the eyes
  • Upper eyelids/brows
  • Temples
  • Nose
  • Corners of the mouth
  • Nasolabial folds

How do people look right after the injection?

The tiny injection points may be visible for several hours after you receive your injection. If they persist into the next day, they can be hidden with makeup. Mild swelling may occur around the injection sites, which will subside inside four to five days for most people.

Some persistent swelling or bruising can follow an injection. For this reason, Victoria Dermal Group recommends that patients schedule their dermal filler injections two to three weeks prior to any important events or special occasions. This will provide enough time to ensure swelling subsides.

How long do dermal fillers last?

Dermal fillers don't provide a permanent cure for wrinkles and lines, but they are long-lasting. Most are effective for up to 12 months. If you intend to keep using dermal fillers, we suggest you schedule treatment before the effects of your previous injections have faded.

If you want to learn how to prolong the beautiful impact of dermal fillers, contact us and our friendly staff can discuss options.

How much do dermal fillers cost?

The cost of dermal fillers depends on how much dermal filler is to be injected. Dermal fillers are charged by the mL and, depending on your treatment goals, you may only need a minimal amount. However, without a consultation and definite treatment plan, it is difficult to specify a precise cost. Contact our friendly clinicians and we can get started with a consultation.

Are dermal fillers painful?

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If you're anxious about needles or pain, there's no need to fret. The vast majority of clients report minimal discomfort from dermal filler injections. It has been described as an itty bitty green ant bite, a sting soon forgotten.

Can I receive dermal fillers if I'm breastfeeding or pregnant?

There are many things that need to be avoided when pregnant or breastfeeding. Sadly, this includes dermal fillers. Rigorous studies are unable to be conducted with these cohorts to assess whether dermal fillers are safe.

Victorian Dermal Group recommends you hold off on dermal fillers until after you are finished breastfeeding. There are still many other ways to love your skin, from skin care products to chemical peels.

What's the difference between dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections?

Dermal fillers increase the plumpness of skin that has experienced collagen reduction, while anti-wrinkle injections prevent muscles contracting and displaying wrinkles. Dermal fillers last longer — up to a year — while anti-wrinkle injections require quarterly renewal. Lastly, dermal fillers tend to come with a little more swelling than their anti-wrinkle counterparts.

How long after dermal fillers must I wait to consume alcohol?

We recommend that you avoid drinking alcohol (and smoking) for 48 hours after getting dermal fillers. Alcohol is a blood thinner and increases the probability of swelling, inflammation and bruising.

How should I prepare for dermal fillers?

  1. Confirm the certifications and qualifications of the practitioner.
  2. Schedule a consultation.
  3. Request a treatment plan to discuss your goals, costs and concerns.
  4. Take a few days to make sure you want to go ahead.
  5. Book an appointment.

Our advanced dermal fillers can revitalise your skin and turn back the clock. Contact us to speak about your options with a friendly professional.

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