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Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are products that are placed into the skin or lips to give a filling effect and can be used to treat everything from lines and wrinkles, to depressed scars. They can also enhance cheekbones, enlarge lips or smooth the contour of an uneven nose.
Other fillers work by stimulating your skin’s cell production to give volume and lifting effects. Dermal or facial fillers are commonly used to treat areas in the upper and lower part of the face and are ideal for removing:
    •    Nose to mouth lines

    •    Cheek lines

    •    Lip lines and lip enhancement

The Procedure

A dermal filler is a natural sterile clear gel that is injected into the skin to replace the naturally present synthetic ground substance that is lost as the skin ages. The filler is injected, usually without the need for local anaesthetic, into the worrisome lines to plump them out. The filler remains in the skin where it binds water to produce a lift and firmness to the treated areas. For lip enhancement, a local anaesthetic injection is usually given to remove any discomfort.

There are numerous fillers available, each working in different ways. Unfortunately TGA rulings prevent us from referring to these products by name. Temporary fillers usually last from six to 12 months and need top-ups to maintain the look they achieve for you. Dr Tew uses a variety of different dermal fillers depending on the area to be treated and the desired results.

Dermal fillers are safe with a low incidence of allergic reaction. There is a very small possibility of allergic reaction, which will be discussed with you when you visit the clinic for a consultation. You can expect some degree of redness and swelling after the treatment. This usually clears up within 1-2 days so we recommend that you don’t have the treatment directly before an occasion. The dermal treatment usually takes around 30 minutes to complete.

The Risks

Early sequelae of fillers include uneven healing, swelling, and discomfort. Later sequelae include mild asymmetry and lumps.


The Recovery
Recovery will take about 2 weeks.

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