Dermal fillers plump the skin to reduce wrinkles, folds and depressions. The material is introduced by injection and, based on the type of dermal filler used, results last on average for anywhere between six months to two years. Permanent and semi-permanent dermal fillers last even longer, sometimes up to five years, and some patients even report results that exceed these timescales.

Dermal fillers can be used in many situations:

  • Increasing volume around nasolabial folds and laughter lines to smooth wrinkles from the nose to the mouth
  • Adding plumpness to thinner lips and reducing the appearance of lines around their edges
  • Enhancing cheek shape to create a fuller, more youthful appearance
  • Reducing depressions and hollows underneath the eyes
  • Plumping out scarred tissue and indentations caused by acne or chickenpox to even out the surrounding skin
  • Filling out the volume around the lower cheeks and the temple to reduce gaunt appearances.

Types of dermal filler

The most common form of naturally-derived dermal filler, hyaluronic acid, offers faster results with less potential for allergic reactions, but the effects last for a shorter period of between three months to two years. Because the effects of natural dermal fillers dissipate sooner, patients often need to have a follow-up treatment within a year.

Synthetic dermal fillers, considered semi-permanent or permanent, take longer to dissipate and the only reason why wrinkles return is that the skin continues to age around the treated area.

Treatment and aftercare

While some patients show a natural apprehension towards injections, the process itself is virtually pain-free and takes between 30 minutes and one hour. The surgeon makes a series of small injections, and patients receive a local anaesthetic beforehand. This might be an anaesthetic cream or an initial injection. While the treated area may show signs of inflammation and tenderness for a day or so, these last for around 24 hours at the most.

Consultant and surgeons recommend that their patients avoid hot drinks, alcohol and exposure to daylight for 24 to 48 hours after dermal filler injections.

Risks vary on how well the surgeon performed the procedure and the types of dermal fillers used. Semi-permanent and permanent materials pose more risks than naturally-derived dermal fillers, and some consultants prefer not to recommend them to certain patients.

This treatment is offered by our non-surgical cosmetic clinic, Bristol Aesthetics. You can read more about this treatment on their website.