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Dermal fillers aka hyaluronic acid (HA)

This treatment reduces facial folds and wrinkles – such as creases and hollows, using hyaluronic acid (HA). This flexible gel substance is injected under the skin to help improve skin volume, elasticity and moisture.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring complex sugar. Unfortunately, we lose our natural HA as we age, leading to volume loss, skin folds, and wrinkles.

This treatment aims to reduce the appearance of aging by restoring skin elasticity and hydration. Injectable HAs are effective skin rejuvenation treatments designed to correct facial volume deficiencies. These medicines are classified as Schedule 4 cosmetic injectables and are FDA, and TGA approved drugs.

It is three-dimensional art and a science where the treatment goal is for a natural and subtle change.

How is the treatment performed?

  • After your consultation, your skin is cleansed and marked to identify the strategic points for the injections

  • The injection sites are thoroughly cleansed with an antibacterial agent

  • You may be offered local anaesthetic, numbing cream or ice to reduce any discomfort

  • Injections only take a few moments per site

 

How long does the treatment take?

  • It can take anywhere between 30 to 60 mins, depending on the amount of filler being injected.

  • This includes an application of numbing cream or local anaesthetic if necessary.

 

Do dermal fillers hurt?

  • There is mild discomfort

  • Most HA fillers are infused with lidocaine to help reduce discomfort during the treatment

  • The HA is injected using very fine needles or via a cannula

 

Potential risks & side effects

  • The most common side effects are mild discomfort associated with swelling or bruising, or tenderness

  • Potential risks include – infection, lumpiness, asymmetry

  • Other rarer risks will be discussed at your consultation

 

Recovery & Post care

  • Sometimes redness, tenderness & bruising can occur

  • Usually, you can go straight back to work

  • Avoid touching the injection sites for at least 4 hours

  • Avoid products that contain alcohol, exfoliants and retinol

  • Avoid direct sunlight and heat for at least 72 hours

  • Avoid exercising for at least 24 hours

  • Applying ice to the area can help ease swelling or bruising

  • Cleanse your face with a simple cleanser, moisturise and always apply 30+ sunscreen

  • Try to sleep on your back with two pillows to reduce swelling

  • Avoid putting too many products on your skin for 72 hours

  • I usually like to see you between two to four weeks afterwards, either face-2-face or via facetime, to see if the treatment met your expectations

 

How many treatments do I need?

  • The results can be seen immediately

  • However, initial swelling may obscure the expected results

  • Then a yearly review is recommended. Although HA is temporary, it can sometimes last longer before the body gradually absorbs the particles

 

What do I need to do to prepare for HA treatments?

  • NO foundation on the day of the treatment - only wear sunscreen

  • Be well hydrated by drinking plenty of water

  • Don't smoke or drink alcohol for 72 hours prior

  • No anti-inflammatories – only Panadol if required

 

Treatment areas

  • Nasolabial folds (NLF)

  • Marionette lines

  • Cheeks

  • The peri-oral area, including lips and smokers lines

  • Temples

  • Chin

  • Jawline

  • Tear troughs

  • Skin boosters

  • Hands

  • Neck

 

Treatment Costs

  • The price depends on the site being injected, the type of filler used and the amount injected

  • From $550 for 1 mL

  • Lips may require only a tiny amount but usually no more than 1 mL

  • For larger areas like cheeks and jaw, you may need upwards of 2 mL

  • Liquid facelifts often require upwards of 4 mL

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