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Dermal fillers are biocompatible gels which are injected in or under the skin to enhance facial appearance by restoring hydration, facial contours and volume loss. Once applied, they also assist in the production of new collagen, improve the natural texture and elasticity of skin and prevent the skin from sagging.
Dermal fillers are now the second most popular non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedure in Australia, after Anti-wrinkle Injections.
There are several types and brands of fillers available in Australia. They are broadly divided into two main groups:
(Note: We are unable to mention the names of specific dermal fillers available in the Australian market due to TGA restrictions).
Dermal fillers can be used in the following areas:
Treatment usually involves the application of a local anaesthetic cream or the local infiltration of anaesthesia to the treated area. The dermal filler gel is comfortably injected into the area once it is numbed. Treatment times vary depending on the number of dermal fillers required and the area treated, but it will generally take about 15 to 45 minutes. After treatment, it is acceptable to apply makeup and resume your normal daily activities.
Patients are advised to refrain from heavy exercise and excessive alcohol as these factors can increase the risk of bruising.
Treatment with dermal fillers sometimes does take more than one session to achieve the best results. The first treatment lays the foundation for the subsequent treatments, and future treatments allow for any adjustments to be made. The initial treatment typically requires the highest volume of filler. Following this, we usually are only required to perform top-ups to maintain the desired long-term outcome.
Treatment involving dermal fillers usually requires some form of anaesthesia. Our doctors have developed special anaesthetic techniques to make the procedure virtually painless and discomfort-free. The use of a vibrational anaesthesia device, super strong topical numbing cream and inhalation anaesthesia gas (laughing gas) are all employed.
Patients often tell us that Medisculpt's injecting techniques are by far the least painful, as compared to other practices.
There are very few risks associated with dermal fillers when used by an experienced doctor with a strong knowledge of the facial anatomy.
Dermal fillers have been used for cosmetic reasons for over 20 years, with allergic reactions and major vascular trauma arising in rare cases. Minor side effects include temporary swelling and bruising at the site of injection.
Generally, there is minimal downtime, and most people return to their normal activities later in the day. The downtime is usually influenced by swelling or bruising, which can be easily camouflaged by makeup in most cases.
Fillers in the lips tend to cause more swelling in patients who are of 50 years of age and above. In some cases, this may last for up to 72 hours but will settle nicely after.
Results with carbohydrate gel dermal fillers are usually visible immediately after the treatment. However, these results will improve over the next two weeks. This is because fillers attract moisture and 'mature' after they are injected into the skin.
On the other hand, bio-stimulatory fillers tend to work over a period of several weeks and require 3 or more treatment sessions before the results are visible.
Overall there may be some swelling immediately after the treatment. This will subside within a few days.
This depends upon the type of dermal filler used, its consistency and the treatment site. Most carbohydrate gel fillers last between 6 to 24 months.
There is a tendency for fillers to last less in those who smoke cigarettes, have a high metabolism, are actively trying to lose weight, are on a carbohydrate-restricted diet or are engaged in vigorous physical exercise programs.
The answer is yes. Fat grafting is an excellent and longer-lasting alternative to dermal fillers. Fat cells exist naturally in the body and contain stem cells.
Medisculpt® is among the handfuls of clinics in Australia that offers the latest micro fat-grafting injection treatment for facial volume loss and rejuvenation.
Bruising is the most common side effect of any injection-based treatment.
To minimise this, it is best to avoid anti-inflammatory drugs such as Aspirin (unless for medical reasons), ibuprofen, fish oil supplements, green tea, garlic, ginkgo and other herbal products for a week prior to the procedure. These products are known for their potential to thin blood and increase its clotting time, which may increase the risk of bruising. Please inform our staff if you are using any medication at the time of your initial consultation.
Alcohol also increases the risk of bruising and its consumption should be kept to a minimum the day before your procedure.
We also encourage our clients to commence consuming arnica tablets a few days before treatment. This naturally occurring herb aids healing and minimises bruising, and can be found in most health food stores and pharmacies in Australia.
(Note: If you have a history of cold sores, please notify us at the time of your initial consultation as soft tissue filler treatment can cause a cold sore flare-up. You may be required to take prophylactic anti-viral medications before any treatment.)
The cost of dermal fillers depends upon the type of filler used, the amount used per session and the area being treated. Each patient is unique and has individual treatment requirements. This is assessed during the initial consultation with the treating doctor.
A treatment plan is mapped out for each patient based on their budget and the clinical improvement they want to achieve. We primarily use Allergan™ range of filers which are considered to be the best in the market with the longest lasting results among HA Fillers.
Every cosmetic procedure carries a risk. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. All images displayed on this website are the property of Medisculpt™. Formal consent has been obtained from the respective individuals whose images have been used. Before/After photos are of actual Medisculpt® patients and are for reference purpose only. Individual results may vary.