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Dermal Fillers - Frequently Asked Questions

What are dermal/lip fillers?

Some some skin creases are so deep that Botox alone cannot eliminate them. Dermal fillers add volume to the skin, literally filling the depressed area to create a smoother, more youthful appearance.

What do you use?

The dermal fillers I use include Allergan’s Vycross range®, Juvederm®, Voluma®, Volbella® or Volifts® which are all soft, injectable gels which contains hyaluronic acid, a sugar molecule that exists naturally in the human skin. It contains an anaesthetic to reduce discomfort, and delivers a smoother, longer lasting result than other products.This ‘next generation’ product was made by Allergan, who boast more than thirty five years experience in the field of medical aesthetics.

How do they work?

As we grow older, our skin loses its natural hyaluronic acid resulting in loss of shape and volume and the development of lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers add volume and refreshes the skin by increasing your natural levels of hyaluronic acid which results in a much improved appearance. 

Why are there different types of Juvéderm®?

There are a variety of dermal fillers in the Juvéderm® range, offereing differing levels of volumising. Following our initial consultation, I can choose the appropriate type of filler for your treatment area. A softer profuct will be required for lip fillers to create a soft, natural look. However, a firmer alternative would be used for cheek fillers. 

How do you deliver the treatment?

I will use a very fine needle to inject the product directly beneath the problem area to fill the depression in the skin.

Is it safe?

Yes – dermal fillers have been successfully used worldwide for many years. At Dr CP Aesthetics, the Juvéderm® fillers we use are fully biodegradable following injection.

Will it hurt?

No - you should not find the treatment painful. The Juvéderm® range already contains an anaesthetic and I can also apply an anaesthetic cream prior to injection.

How long before I see the results?

You will see an immediate improvement which will continue to develop over the coming one to two weeks. 

How long will the treatment last?

This will vary from patient to patient and also according to the facial area that is treated. For lip fillers, the effect may last between six months and a year but for areas of the face such as the cheeks (where there is less movement),  the results could last for up to two years.

Are there any side-effects?

Side-effects are rare and there is little risk of allergies or other reactions with the Juvéderm® range used by Dr C P Aesthetics. Within the first few hours of treatment, there may be some temporary redness, tenderness, swelling or bruising where the skin has been injected. 

Can anyone have this treatment?

As a fully qualified medical doctor, I will assess all patients for their suitability prior to treatment. Juvéderm® should not be used in patients with severe allergies, (e.g. to bacterial proteins) or patients with a history of anaphylaxis.

How much will I need?

Each type of filler has it’s own indication, lip enhancement, volumisation or treatment of fine lines. I will be happy to advise on the estimated number of syringes required at an initial consultation however I rarely administer more than two syringes at a time. I will be able to give you guidance on this upon assessment. However, I generally encourage patients to have no more than 2 syringes at a time in order for you to be in control of the effects. Further treatment can always be undertaken at a later date.

Do you offer permanent fillers?

No. There is more chance of side-effects occuring with permanent fillers. Moreover, as your face changes over time, permanent fillers may eventually result in a less natural look.