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Dermal Filler Treatment: A Guide To Your First Treatment

Dermal filler treatment

Dermal fillers are a popular choice for anyone wanting to alter their appearance without resorting to unnecessary surgery. It’s a non-invasive procedure that adds volume to your skin and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles. 

But before deciding if dermal fillers are right for you, it’s a good idea to understand everything about them, from what to do pre-treatment right the way through to aftercare tips and expected results.

We’ve written this easy guide outlining all the facts that you should know about a dermal filler treatment and how they can help your problem areas and increase confidence.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers can be used on your face and neck to add volume and fill lines and wrinkles. They are an injectable gel-like substance, made primarily of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in your body. 

When injected into loose, sagging or wrinkled skin, dermal fillers help to plump, lift and tighten your skin, leaving you looking refreshed and more youthful.

How Do They Work?

Dermal fillers treat fine lines and wrinkles as well as sagging skin. They work to fill in areas of your skin restoring any lost volume caused by ageing. They have the additional benefit of boosting your skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid, so your revitalised appearance will last longer.

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A dermal filler treatment will renew and add volume to your skin, instantly diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. They provide a natural softer look that won’t affect your facial expression or movement. 

Results can be seen immediately but are not permanent and will need to be repeated every 18 months – 2 years.

What They Can Do

Dermal fillers are very versatile to work with and can be used on many areas of your face and neck, including;

  • Cheeks – Cheek fillers can be used to help lift and shape your face. We can create a more youthful and balanced appearance that enhances your natural beauty. 
  • Lips – Dermal fillers can be used on your lips giving you more volume, reducing the signs of ageing and adjusting the shape of your lips. We can re-shape, re-plump and restore your perfect pout giving you fuller, firmer and more shapely lips. They can also reduce lines around the lip area too.
  • Forehead – Dermal fillers can be used to reduce the appearance of static lines visible even when your face is at rest. The hyaluronic acid fills in these lines and diminishes them.
  • Chin Or Nose – Dermal fillers are an effective non-surgical option for sculpting or reshaping areas such as your nose, jawline and chin. You can read about facial sculpting in our previous blog
  • Neck – If your neck is showing signs of ageing then you can choose to have this area rejuvenated with a dermal filler treatment. The injections can help to restore volume, fill in wrinkles and plump up your skin so turkey neck is a thing of the past!

What Do I Need To Do Pre-Treatment?

Follow this pre-treatment advice to ensure the best result and speedy recovery from your dermal filler treatment appointment.


  • Prep Your Skin Look after your skin before the treatment, keep it in the best condition by moisturising and avoid anything that might damage your pores and cause skin sensitivity. For example picking at spots, sunburn or over-exfoliating.
  • Use Suncream – This will help keep your skin protected. You can’t have dermal fillers on sunburnt skin. 
  • Stay Hydrated – This will help with soft tissue swelling and minimise bruising. Did you know that studies have also suggested that bromelain, naturally found in pineapple, can also help with this?


  • Drink Alcohol – You mustn’t drink alcohol for at least 24 hours before your treatment.
  • Take Blood Thinners – These include aspirin, ibuprofen and vitamin E as well as certain food supplements such as fish oil, liquorice, garlic, ginger and green tea. You should avoid them for at least one week before your treatment. This will help reduce bruising and reduce recovery time.
  • Sit Out In The Sun – Avoid prolonged sun exposure that could damage your skin.

What To Expect During The Treatment

The injection itself only takes a few moments. We inject, massage and evaluate the area being treated. This may feel slightly uncomfortable, but not painful. A skin-numbing cream can be administered before any injections start. 

If needed, an additional filler may be used to make sure that you’re happy with your results and that it meets your expectations. Your procedure may last anywhere between 15-60 minutes, depending on the size, location and quantity of area being treated.

What To Expect After Treatment

The aftercare and recovery of your dermal filler treatment will be minimal because it’s a non-invasive treatment. You might experience slight discomfort immediately afterwards and you might have a little swelling and bruising at the injection site, but this will subside over the first 24-48 hours.

Here are some things that you should do to help with your recovery and reduce any downtime: 

  • Use suncream and keep moisturising.
  • Apply a cold compress or ice pack to reduce redness, swelling and bruising.
  • Avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours post-treatment.
  • Avoid sun and heat exposure.
  • Avoid exercise other than gentle walking.

How To Choose A Good Dermal Filler Clinic

Dermal Filler Treatment

Once you’ve decided that a dermal filler treatment is the right solution for you, then the next step is to find the right clinic.

Once you’ve found a clinic you like, research their medical background. Unfortunately, the aesthetics industry is unregulated, meaning anyone can perform dermal fillers even if they are not medically qualified. Finding a clinic that’s led by a medically trained doctor or nurse can help you to avoid disaster and ensure your dermal fillers are a huge success. 

At Elite Aesthetics, Dr Shirin Lakhani is a practising GP and trained aesthetic physician. She is registered with the GMC and is fully insured, following the GMC Good Medical Practice guidelines ensuring quality service with an honest, ethical approach.

You should ask about their experience and training, any accreditation and affiliations. Also, check out any previous work that they’ve done for past clients. Read their reviews and look for some before and after testimonials.

Once you have narrowed down your search, book a consultation. During your consultation, you can ask any further questions that you might have and also discuss what results you want to achieve in greater detail.

Our consultations are held at our award-winning clinic based in Greenhithe, Kent which is just 20 minutes away by train from St. Pancras London.


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Dr. Shirin is a fully-trained and highly-experienced aesthetic physician, who works diligently to ensure a 5 star quality service, and brings an honest and ethical approach to every one of our clients. With over 20 years of experience in the medical field, including several years as a GP and a sub-speciality in anaesthetics, Dr. Shirin is fascinated by the harmony between medicine and aesthetics, and with her expertise, Elite Aesthetics is able to offer effective, doctor-led treatments to vastly improve the lives of our clients.

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Had a consultation with Elite yesterday, I must say I was a bit nervous, but Dr Shirin was so friendly and helpful.
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Elite is an outstanding professional clinic with high standard treatments. All the staff members are friendly and offer you honest opinions when it comes to products and treatments. This is a welcoming clinic that I can 100% recommend. Treatments are spoken through and explained in detail, also aftercare. I have been going nearly a year now and am happy with all the treatments I’ve had, wouldn't go anywhere else. The Bocox treatment started to work within a few days, which I was surprised about. So glad I went to Elite for treatment.



Thank you Dr Shirin, the O Shot has really helped me with my Lichen Sclerosus. I'd heard about the treatment on the LS Facebook Groups and message a few people that had treatment with Dr Shirin. I was like many in the group who had run out of treatment options and using creams on a daily basis. I have to say a few months after treatment, I can see a real positive change and I'm hoping my LS will continue to improve. Dr Shirin did say that I might have to have a second treatment given how severe my case is.




A great discovery in the neighbourhood ! There is no need to go up to London for a beauty treatment of any kind. You'll find a whole range of different treatments suiting all age groups and concerns. Welcoming, reassuring, friendly, professional, high tech. I shall be back for more. I love the results of the Thread Lift I had.


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We have extensive knowledge and experience in the medical and aesthetics industries, but we know that above all, the results matter! All of our treatments are vigorously tested in-house before we offer them to our clients to ensure they are safe, effective and will give you, our wonderful clients, the results you want. Your happiness, well-being and satisfaction are at the very core of everything we do here at Elite Aesthetics, and as a result we will never over-treat or carry out a procedure that Dr. Shirin, deems inappropriate or unsafe. Ethical treatment guides our practice, and we aim to become an industry leader in this respect. This means you can always feel confident that you are in safe hands when you choose Elite Aesthetics.

Our practice is led by our founder, Dr. Shirin Lakhani, who is an advocate for greater regulation in the aesthetics industry. Dr. Shirin and Elite Aesthetics believe greater regulation is vital to the development of aesthetics industry as a whole, and as such, our clinic’s philosophy is based on providing doctor-led care to the highest, medically approved standards. We adhere to stringent ethical and medical principles ensuring all the procedures we offer are safe and effective. Dr. Shirin is also fully registered with the GMC (reference number 4634863), and Elite Aesthetics is Save Face accredited, an endorsement recognised by the UK Government, The Department of Health, NHS England and the CQC (Care Quality Commission).

Elite Aesthetics has been awarded Thread Lift Certification by MINT Threads.

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17:16 05 Jun 23
Hi, Alex here,Just had my Lichen treatment today with Dr Shirin,The whole team at elite are very friendly, comforting and understanding, and did everything they could to give me a wonderful and welcoming experience. They are all so kind, friendly and knowledgeable, world experts at what they do. I am lucky to have them near London. They are also super responsive on the phone and email, so I know they care about thier patients, and I'm very well taken care of, (as with other clinics I have been to, its often difficult to get them to respond to questions), but this clinic is the most responsive I have ever seen!This is a beautiful and wonderful place and I highly recommend it, and I will be recommending it to all my friends as well. They definitely deserve the super high reviews they are getting, so I'm happy to add another one! A Big thank you from me and my family for all you have done for us during this journey!

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19:44 11 Apr 23
Great team, friendly and professional. Made me feel very comfortable. They explain everything in detail.very welcoming upon arrival too.I've been going now for a number f weeks and the attitude and cleanliness is consistent. The reception area is always spotless no matter the weather.The staff attitude is always friendly and they put me at great ease

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Good service, honesty and excellent customer service as always 👍

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08:40 15 Mar 23
Yesterday I had a 'body sculpt' session, to help lymphatic drainage. I was zipped into a suit up to my waist. This massaged and lightly squeezed my feet, ankles, calves, thighs and abdomen. I was breathing oxygen rich air via nasal tubes. It was very relaxing and I slept really well last night. Thank you Elite Aesthetics.

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20:11 09 Mar 23
Today was the first time I visited Elite. The staff were all so friendly and accommodating. Dr. Shirin is so knowledgeable and really helped me understand all the concerns I had. I will definitely be returning. I highly recommend Elite to everyone, especially those concerned with the menopause !


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