What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are gel substances made up primarily of naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid, and are injected into the skin to plump up, lift and tighten skin and used to treat a wide variety of skin concerns, such as fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, and unhappiness with facial structure. Dermal fillers revitalise and add volume to the skin, instantly diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and giving a natural softer look that does not affect facial expression or movement. Dermal fillers are a very flexible form of non-surgical aesthetic treatment, and can be used all over the face, including the lips, cheeks, chin and jawline, and under the eyes.
The most popular and safest form of dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid based. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that naturally exists in your body, and is incredibly hydrophilic (meaning it attracts water), increasing moisture and hydration levels in the skin. Hyaluronic fillers are also our fillers of choice at Elite Aesthetics because they are biodegradable, malleable and unlike other filler materials, are easy to remove. They are also less prone to complications when injected by a trained professional than other filler types, which may require surgical removal.
The results of a single dermal filler treatment can be seen instantly and can last from around 6 to 18 months, depending on the filler and site of injection, after which time the filler dissolves naturally in the body and the treated areas revert back to their pretreatment state.. Areas with less muscle movement such as the temples, jawline or tear troughs tend to last longer than areas that move more, like the cheeks, nose and lips, which will need repeat treatments more often to maintain their results.
What can Dermal FIllers Treat?
Dermal fillers can be used to smooth away facial lines and wrinkles, create fuller lips and shape facial contours, such as cheeks and chin, as well as revitalise the skin.
Common areas treated using dermal fillers are:
- Nasolabial folds (lines between the nose and the corners of the mouth).
- Marionette lines (from the corner of the mouth downwards).
- Lips (enhancing their shape, definition and volume, and treating smokers lines).
- Cheeks (to restore structure and support to the mid-face, creating a natural lifting effect).
We are also able to use dermal fillers to carry out more advanced procedures including:
- Filling in tear troughs.
- Lateral brow lifts (lifting drooping brows or eyelids).
- Non-surgical rhinoplasty (using dermal fillers to smooth out any bumps and straighten the nose).
- Filling out temples.
- Sculpting and chiselling the jawline.
- Shaping and lifting the chin.
Our Dermal Filler Process
The dermal filler procedure itself usually takes between 15 and 30 minutes, with instantly visible results and little to no downtime. All of our fillers contain local anaesthetic for a more comfortable treatment experience, and we can use a numbing cream before the procedure if required. We use a gradual process to ensure your results are natural and beautiful, and to avoid overfilling. Small amounts of swelling, bruising, tenderness and redness are completely normal after a dermal filler procedure, and usually disappear after a few days.
Depending on the dermal filler procedure you choose to have with us, Dr Shirin will use her expert opinion to tailor your treatment to you. Dermal fillers come in a variety of formulas and thicknesses, each for different results and treatments. For example, if you’re having a lip filler procedure, a smoother and more elastic filler that adapts to the natural movement of the lips would be appropriate, while filler in the tear troughs, jaw or chin with less expressive muscle movement requires a thicker and more static variety of filler. Dr. Shirin has an in depth knowledge of the properties of each filler we offer at Elite Aesthetics to make sure you get the right product for you, resulting in perfect, safe and natural-looking results.
At Elite Aesthetics we use high-quality Teosyal, Ellanse, Restylane and Juvederm Vycross fillers, each with their own advantages and are all FDA approved. Teoxane’s range of Teosyal fillers are designed specifically to adapt to the most mobile areas of the face, such as the lips, nose and cheeks for lasting results. Ellanse fillers are designed to provide long-lasting results for deeper wrinkles and nasolabial folds. Restylane is one of the market leaders in dermal fillers, with a 90% approval rating on realself.com. Juvederm Vycross is Juvederm’s premium range of fillers, which uses a combination of high and low-weight hyaluronic acid, resulting in a smoother, more natural looking gel that is easier and less painful to inject.
Depending on the treatment you are having, your age, skin type, lifestyle and personal preferences, Dr. Shirin will use her extensive knowledge and experience, and work with you to choose the right product for your dermal filler procedure.
Why Choose Elite Aesthetics?
At Elite Aesthetics, we always carry out a full consultation before any procedure. This allows us to offer you the best possible care, and gives our highly-qualified staff the opportunity to get to know you, your goals and your expectations, so you can be sure you’ll leave us with the results you want.
Dr. Shirin Lakhani is an experienced and highly-qualified Doctor of Aesthetics, having worked in the NHS as a GP for several years, as well as training as an anaesthetist, before moving into aesthetic medicine. Dr. Shirin treats all her aesthetic procedures with the same level of care and attention as she would a medical procedure, and is fully registered with the GMC (GMC number 4634863), and held to their standards of Good Medical Practice. Elite Aesthetics is also CQC and Save Face accredited, and are committed to becoming the UK’s leading ethical aesthetic clinic.
During your consultation, Dr. Shirin will talk to you to understand what it is you want from your dermal filler procedure, and will offer her expert opinion on what is right for you, as well as any alternatives to dermal fillers she feels may be viable. During the consultation process, we believe it is vitally important to maintain our ethical commitment to never over treat any of our patients. If Dr. Shirin believes a dermal filler treatment is not in your best interests, she, and the rest of the staff at Elite Aesthetics, will work with you to find a more appropriate solution.
The consultation procedure also gives you the opportunity to get to know Dr. Shirin, the clinic and the staff at Elite, and make sure you are comfortable with us and the procedures we carry out. Our primary goal is to make sure you feel happy, comfortable and safe the entire time you spend with us, so you can leave feeling like your most beautiful self.
At Elite Aesthetics, your experience and satisfaction are the driving force behind what we do. We use our knowledge and expertise to make sure you get high-quality results and that you leave the clinic feeling amazing every time.
If you’re interested in getting dermal fillers in Bexleyheath, Chigwell, Chislehurst, Gravesend, Billericay, Ingatestone, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, West Malling or the surrounding areas, or if you want to learn more about Elite Aesthetics and the services we offer, contact us today to arrange your consultation, and let us make you feel happy in your own skin again.