As you age the volume of the tissue in your face decreases. This is a natural ageing process, but can result in reduced volume of your lips, development of deep folds between your nose and mouth, the development of jowls and loss of volume in your cheeks. We use dermal fillers* to replace what you have lost or enhance what you already have. This results in a younger appearance or give you that little extra that you want.
What are they made of?
Dermal fillers are made from something called Hyularonic acid, derived from bacteria. This is a naturally occurring molecule found in your skin which decreases with age. It loves water so once injected will absorb water from your system and fill the defect.
How long do they last?
Dermal fillers range in their activity depending on the type. Some of the heavier fillers can last up to 2 years. This is generally only fillers used in the cheek. Fillers in the lips and other facial areas last for up to 9 months. By decreasing your U.V exposure and keeping hydrated, will result in a longer lasting filler life.
What fillers do you use?
We only use the top quality fillers. The brand we most commonly use is Teosyal, a swiss product. It has proven clinical longevity, minimal bruising as well as a natural feel. This isn’t a cheap filler but the results that you get are great and last a lot longer than some of the other products. We have used several brands over the years and have found this gives the best clinical results.
Most of our fillers are placed under local anaesthetic, or we have clinical grade topical cream which can be applied half an hour before your appointment. We are very comfortable using cannulas to place dermal fillers which often results in very reduced bruising and post operative discomfort as well as greatly reduce the risk of any side effects occurring.
We pride ourselves on natural outcomes. If you can tell you have had fillers then you may have had too much. Dr Hargreave has completed advanced Dermal Filler training and has been using these products for over 5 years.
*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risk. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.