Dermal Fillers FAQs

Skin Deep Medical healthcare professionals are trained to use the following Dermal Fillers – Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm Ultra, Teosyal Puresense, Belotero and Emervel. The FAQS below are applicable to all products

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are made of various kinds of natural and man-made or synthetic substances e.g. hyaluronic acid which is injected into the dermis. They help restore skin and facial contours to their former youthful appearance and are most commonly used to fill and smooth away wrinkles on the face. They can also be used as ‘volumisers’ to plump and lift cheeks, add volume and definition to thin lips and improve the appearance of ageing hands.

There are broadly speaking 2 types of dermal filler available in the UK – Permanent and non-permanent fillers.  Skin Deep Medical only uses market leading fillers such as Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm Ultra, Teosyal Puresense and Belotero which are all non-permanent and biodegradable

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that exists naturally in almost all living organisms. It binds water and can act as a lubricant and shock absorber in movable parts of the body such as joints. It is also important for the transport of nutrients, regulating water balance and giving volume and structure to our skin

Which areas of the face can be treated?

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers are used primarily in the lower half of the face. Although dermal fillers can, in some circumstances, be used on most areas of the face.  The product chosen by the practitioner is dependant on the type of skin and the depth of line.  Lines and folds can be lifted and smoothed, cheek bones can be highlighted and definition added to the jaw line.  It can also be used in the frown lines above the nose, often in conjunction with muscle relaxing injections.

 The most common areas treated are:

  • Nose to mouth lines (the nasolabial folds)
  • Between the eyebrows (the glabella lines)
  • Lip enhancement (adding volume, shape and hydrating lips)
  • Cheeks and chin (shaping and contouring)
  • Back of the hands, décolletage, face, neck (skin revitalisation)
  • Other areas can be treated. Please discuss with the medical practitioner at the time of consultation

How do Dermal Fillers work?

By boosting the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid, Dermal fillers revitalise and add volume to the skin, instantly diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and giving a natural softer look.  A soft gel consisting of stabilized (minimally modified), non-animal hyaluronic acid is injected. The gel is tissue-friendly and closely resembles the hyaluronic acid that exists naturally in the body. It is long-lasting but not permanent.  Dermal fillers are specifically designed to add volume to facial features and improve facial contours.  There are a number of different fillers available. Each is designed to work in different levels of the skin to achieve the optimum treatment outcome.

Dermal fillers, unlike anti wrinkle injections (Botox) that relax the muscles that cause the wrinkles, fill/smooth away lines and/or creases

What are the benefits of a Dermal Filler treatment?

Treatment provides an easy, fast minimally intrusive way to enhance your looks. The results of a single treatment are seen instantly and  can last up to a year. You will achieve  a natural looking result that does not affect facial expression.  Remember your face changes over time, which is why Skin Deep Medical use non-permanent dermal fillers allowing you to control your looks subtly as you age.

One of the market leading Dermal Filler ranges used by Skin Deep  Medical is Restylane which is the most scientifically documented HA based dermal filler in the world with comprehensive studies that support its safety and efficacy. Restylane has been used in over 15 million treatments worldwide since 1996!

Who should administer a Dermal Filler?

Healthcare professionals (Doctors, Nurse Independent prescribers and dentists). Always ask the healthcare professional if they have been trained and certificated to use Dermal Fillers, are properly insured and how long they have been treating clients (in other words, how much experience they have)

What does Treatment involve?

Start by making an appointment with a qualified healthcare professional. During your consultation you will discuss your  treatment expectations and what you to want achieve. Your practitioner will assess your needs and recommend the most appropriate treatment, if any.

After the consultation, if you are happy to proceed with treatment, your practitioner will ask you to complete a medical history form and sign a consent form before treatment

During

Dermal filler are injected into the skin in small amounts using a very fine needle or cannula. The gel provides natural volume to smooth away the appearance of lines and wrinkles, enhance facial shape, or create fuller lips.

The treatment is quick, typically taking about 20-30 minutes. Treatment with does not affect facial expression and the benefits can normally be seen instantly

After

All Dermal Fillers used by Skin Deep Medical are biodegradable, which means they will naturally be broken down and be absorbed  by the body. To ensure an optimal and long lasting result, a top-up treatment is recommended 6-12 months after your initial treatment. Discuss with your practitioner when a follow-up appointment may be appropriate.

After a treatment some reactions might occur, these include; are slight redness, swelling, itching, bruising, pain and tenderness. The reactions are generally mild to moderate and usually disappear shortly after injection. They typically resolve spontaneously within one or two days, but for some treatments they may last longer

What ages can Dermal Filler treat?

Dermal Fillers can be used from 18 to any age

How long will treatment last?

One of the great advantages of treatment with hyaluronic acid fillers is that the effects are long lasting but not permanent. Duration depends on many factors, such as the individual’s skin type, skin condition lifestyle and age.

After the initial treatment, follow-up sessions are normally recommended around every 6 to 12 months depending on the individual and the area treated.

A lip enhancement treatment lasts about 6 months

Does treatment hurt and is pain relief required?

All products used by Skin Deep Medical contain local anaesthetic for a more comfortable treatment experience.

Generally, further pain relief is not necessary. Some people may experience mild discomfort or be more susceptible to pain. If this is the case, a local anaesthetic topical cream can be applied to the area prior to treatment.

The lips tend to be more sensitive and, therefore, additional anaesthesia may be required before lip enhancement. This is achieved most effectively by using a dental block or local anaesthetic

Do I need a skin test?

A skin test is not required

Can I have treatment if I have had laser treatment or a chemical peel?

If you have recently had a laser or chemical peel treatment, it is recommended you wait until the area is totally healed and the skin returns to its normal condition

Once injected can Dermal Fillers move to other areas?

Once injected the product will not move or migrate to the areas of the  face or body

Are there any long-term side effects with fillers?

At Skin Deep Medical we only use biodegradable products. This means that they are very low risk and do not have the long-term side effects often associated with permanent fillers. Side effects can be a small bruise to the injection site, a temporary swelling at the site, tenderness for a couple of days following treatment, etc.  The practitioner will explain the treatment and possible side effects in full prior to treatment. You will also be give a post treatment advice sheet which explains how to look after your skin immediately after treatment and what to do should you have any concerns

What will happen if I do not continue treatments?

The lines will gradually revert to their pre-treatment appearance