Dermal fillers are tiny injections of gel, comprised of Hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance found throughout your body which provides the skin with elasticity, volume and hydration. As we get older our bodies produce less HA and, as a result, wrinkles, folds and an overall ‘tired’ appearance can be observed.
Why Dermal Fillers are needed?Over time our body stops producing collagen and elastin, both of which contribute to a youthful appearance. We start losing collagen generally at the age of 25. The collagen and elastin level decreases at a rate of 2% per year, and the body will have stopped producing it altogether by your late twenties or early thirties which results into the sign of ageing such as wrinkles, fine lines, creases. At this point dermal facial fillers (HA) can be user to restore volume and hydration, whilst helping to regenerate the body’s own collagen production (neocollagenesis). Fillers can be used to create fuller lips and to add contour and definition to areas such as cheeks, jaw and chin, and also to revitalise the skin.
Dr Goyal provides advance filler treatments to improve tear troughs under the eyes and noses, a technique called non-surgical rhinoplasty, also known as a ‘non - surgical nose job'.
Areas that can be treated with fillers:Superficial lines and wrinkles, nasolabial folds (nose to mouth lines), smoker’s lines (around the mouth and lips), Marionette lines, Jawline, Lip line, Tear Trough.
Fillers are very commonly used for Cheek Enhancement, Lip Enhancement, Non-surgical Nose reshaping, Non-surgical Jaw reshaping & Hand Rejuvenation
How long do dermal fillers last?It depends on how your body reacts and which hyaluronic acid is used, but the effects of most of the dermal fillers last between 6 to 18 months. There are two different kind of dermal fillers and most common hyaluronic acids are, one is called Juvederm, and the other dermal filler is called Restylane or Perlane. Restylane and Perlane last between 6 months and 1 year, However, Juvederm Voluma XC has been clinically proven to last up to 2 years.
What is the difference between Botox and dermal filler?
Botox is very effective on the upper half of the face to treat fine lines
and wrinkles while dermal fillers give brilliant results on the lower half of the face including these areas:
Laughter lines (Nasolabial and labial folds); Marionette lines (Oral commissures); Lip volume and lip lines
caused by smoking. Fillers can also be used to restore volume in the cheeks to give back those high cheekbones.
Botox relaxes the muscles in your face stopping them creating the movements that cause the expression lines, whilst dermal filler plumps out and smooths the wrinkles from under the skin.
Before the Treatment-
Do not take any aspirin, ibuprofen or similar products (Advil, Motrin,
Aleve) for 1 week prior to filler treatment.
Avoid fish oil, Vitamin E, and Ginkgo biloba for 1 week prior to filler.
Eat spinach, kale and celery a week before to spice up your levels of Vitamin k.
Stop drinking alcohol 1-2 days prior to injections.
No garlic 1-2 days before injections.
Dermal filler treatments usually take 20-40 minutes and the quantity of
dermal filler required depends on the level of volume loss and the areas you want treated. After a consultation
and assessment, keeping in mind your anatomy and your goals, your Doctor will inject Hyaluronic Acid, with an
ultra-fine needle, after applying topical numbing cream if required. In some cases, a local anaesthetic is used,
but many dermal fillers contain anaesthetic. When the dermal filler is injected into the skin, the hyaluronic
acid volumizes, softens and hydrates the skin. It also promotes the production of collagen and elastin
underneath the skin which gives the skin a more youthful texture
At MK Aesthetics, we offer dermal fillers with a stabilized form of HA, which is biocompatible with your skin. It is synthetically made which means there are no ingredients derived from animals or humans. A trained professional will inject small quantities of the filler into a wrinkle, or area in which volume is desired, to smooth/plump it out. Dermal fillers are approved by the FDA, and are minimally invasive and, when performed by an experienced and trained practitioner are safe.
Risk and complications-
Although fillers are generally safe in the right hands, with any medical
treatment, there are potential side effects.
You may experience temporary bruising, swelling, tenderness. These can be discussed with the doctor before any treatment is undertaken.
The rarer risk/complications may include the following-
Bumps and nodules,
Do not use Dermal fillers if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or if you have a blood clotting disorder. If you’re unsure of your suitability our doctors will advise you further at the consultation.
Downtime and recovery-
Dermal filler treatments involve minimal pain and downtime (swelling, redness and/or bruising). These symptoms generally only last a couple of days. You can resume your normal activities immediately after treatment, however, you should avoid the sun exposure for a day and also it is recommended to avoid massaging the treated areas. It’s advised to avoid exercise and lifting heavy objects for 2 days.
Dermal fillers create a natural and more lifted facial appearance, restoring definition and volume and also proven very effective to reduce the those deeper lines and wrinkles especially in the lower half of your face. It also provides a great non-surgical ‘liquid facelift’ option and non-surgical nose reshaping. Results are immediate and the effect can last even up to 2 years. However, the duration depends on several factors, such as the individual’s skin type, lifestyle, matsbolism and age. After the initial treatment, follow-up sessions are commonly suggested around every 6 to 12 months. Your doctor will give you more information during your consultation. Successful results depend on the health or age of the skin, type and quality of filler used. These Facial Fillers often need replenishment every few months as the hyaluronic acid will begin to dissolve. If the procedure is not repeated as advised by your Doctor, the skin will slowly return to its pre-treatment condition.
How much do Dermal Fillers cost?
The cost of filler treatments varies and depends mostly on needs which may be mentioned throughout your consultation with the doctor. Prices start from £240. This includes the consultation, treatment, anaesthetic and aftercare.
Dr Goyal, the lead GP, runs the MK Aesthetics clinic in Milton Keynes. He is also a dermatology doctor/GP partner at a practice in Milton Keynes and part of the dermatologist team in Bedford Hospital. Dr Goyal is Harley Street trained and certified to carry out all the treatments offered at MK Aesthetics. A specialist in the field of Cosmetic Medicine, you can be sure you’ll be in safe hands.