Our Cosmos Clinic in Canberra has become a popular destination for those looking to rejuvenate areas of the face for a more youthful appearance or correct problem areas. If you’re considering Dermal Fillers, anti-wrinkle injections or more invasive cosmetic surgery procedures such as a facelift no doubt you’ll have questions about the type of Dermal Fillers used, what you can expect from the filler treatment and the popular areas treated.

In this article, we focus on the Dermal Filler treatment and will discuss what you can expect from the procedure.

How Dermal Fillers work

How Dermal Fillers work will largely depend on the type of injectables your chosen clinic uses. At all Cosmos Clinics, including Canberra, our injectors use hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. These cosmetic injectables work by adding volume to the treated areas and hydrating the skin tissue. Hyaluronic acid Dermal Fillers also encourage skin tissue rejuvenation and stimulate collagen production which improves the elasticity and flexibility of the skin. These benefits are why hyaluronic acid is one of the main active ingredients used in skincare products.

As a naturally produced substance, hyaluronic acid Dermal Fillers dissolve in the body over time leaving no foreign matter in the body. This means to retain your desired results, you’ll need maintenance cosmetic injections in the future. Hyaluronic acid fillers can last up to two years depending on where they are injected into the body. For some people, the results of the fillers can last for longer.

Permanent Dermal Fillers are available, however, not recommended due to the fact the substances will remain in the skin forever. This makes it very difficult to correct should there be too much filler injected and doesn’t allow the individual to change their mind later in life. Permanent fillers also have a less natural appearance and come with greater risk of side effects which should be considered carefully.

What can Dermal Fillers treat

Dermal Fillers can treat a variety of issues that can improve your overall facial appearance and for some, enhance their self-esteem. When in the hands of a qualified, experienced cosmetic injector, dermal fillers can minimise fine lines and fill out deep crow’s feet or nasolabial folds. They can add volume to cheeks and define the cheekbone structure. Dermal Fillers are able to address problem areas caused by lively facial expressions such as laugh lines or frown lines.

It is also popular for Dermal Fillers to be used for lip enhancement, plumping up the lip pout, defining the lip line or improving the symmetry. Dermal Fillers are also being used to replace more invasive cosmetic surgery procedures such as a facelift or rhinoplasty (cosmetic nose reconstruction).

What to expect of a Dermal Filler treatment

At Cosmos Clinic, the Dermal Filler treatment is an in-out procedure that is performed by a qualified cosmetic nurse or injector. The procedure itself is relatively quick, taking up to 30-60 minutes depending on the number of treated areas and the complexity. A local anaesthetic is incorporated into the Dermal Filler to minimise pain. A topical anaesthetic or ice can also be applied to the injection site to reduce any discomfort.

Patients can resume their usual activities after their injectable treatments with minimal downtime required. Some patients may experience some minor redness, swelling or bruising which dissipates in the hours after the procedure. Aftercare recommendations will be provided at the cosmetic surgery consultation.

Dermal Filler results

In most cases, results of Dermal Fillers are immediately apparent. Hyaluronic acid fillers typically offer smooth, natural results enhancing your natural beauty and youthful appearance as opposed to a fake, plastic look. In fact, your colleagues and family may not notice although are likely to comment on your rejuvenated and refreshed appearance.

The effects of the Dermal Filler treatment may last from 6 months to over two years. This will largely depend on the filler type used and the location of the injection site. Fillers in an area that receives a lot of movement typically won’t last as long as those placed into a site that doesn’t move a great deal during facial expressions.

Your cosmetic nurse or injector will inform you in more detail of what you can expect to experience during a Dermal Filler treatment, the side effects and the results you can expect based on your individual desires.