Dermal Fillers

We provide dermal fillers in Birmingham, that are used to soften and fill lines, folds and wrinkles. As we age, our skin loses its firm, soft appearance because of loss of hydration and its underlying supportive structure because of collagen breakdown. Dermal fillers are made of a gel-like substance which is injected under the skin to add volume. Imagine it as a table for the skin which lies over it like a cloth. Fillers also draw in water, which further fills out the skin, helping to create a more youthful appearance.

Dermal fillers are an ideal solution if you want to:

  • Soften deep lines, particularly in the mouth to nose area
  • Enhance lip lines or thin lips
  • Lift the corners of the mouth

 

What areas are best treated by dermal fillers?

Traditionally people talk about Botox helping in the upper third of the face and dermal fillers in the lower two-thirds. This is generally true, although certain areas in the upper face such as some very deep frown lines, crow’s feet, and even drooping eyebrows can be helped with fillers. The most common areas treated are the nasolabial lines (the lines that run from nose to mouth), marionette lines (running from the corners of the mouth downwards) and lips. Often when treating the lower face we also fill out areas of collagen and fat loss, e.g. on either side of the chin.

Treatment of lips is always in the press, often negatively! But when it is done well, lip fillers can add volume and emphasise the natural shape. The effects can be very subtle and very attractive. Some of the well known disaster celebrity cases have involved permanent fillers, and we do not offer this type of filler at Westfield Aesthetics.

What will happen during the treatment?

The area will be thoroughly cleaned and an anaesthetic cream will be applied prior to injection, helping to numb the area. If fillers are being applied to the lips, we offer a dental anaesthetic block, making the procedure painless. Once numbed, the filler is injected into the area being treated using a small needle. Depending on the area treated, and which filler is to be used, treatment takes 30 to 60 minutes. Recovery time varies, but most people can return to work straight after treatment.

How long does it take for the treatment to take effect and how long does it last?

The effects are immediate and you should be able to instantly get a really good idea of what the final look will be. In most areas what you will see is what you will get, although in some (such as the lips) there may initially be considerable swelling. This swelling will go down within a few days and you should then be able to see the final look. The duration of the effects of treatment depends on the area being treated, but most fillers last about 9 months. Lip fillers last less time - around 6 months - as this area is subject to frequent movements which break down the filler more quickly.

What might go wrong?

Temporary redness, swelling, bruising or itching at site of injection; in the case of lip augmentation, there may be considerable swelling for a few days. If you have a history of cold sores and are having lip augmentation, the procedure may cause the cold sores to break out again (the chances of this happening can be reduced by taking anti-viral medication).

  • Allergic reactions are possible but not common.
  • Some palpable material may be felt at the site of injection- tends to be temporary and rarely visible.
  • Infection at the site.
  • More serious but very rare side effects include blistering at the site, formation of granulomas and superficial necrosis.

Who can’t have this treatment?

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • Cannot be used at skin sites where there are or have been active skin disease, inflammation or related conditions.
  • Anyone with allergy to hyaluronic acid.

How much does it cost?
Restylane 0.5ml - £200 / 1ml - £300
Perlane 0.5ml - £200 / 1ml - £300
Lipp 0.5ml - £270 / 1ml - £320

For more information about dermal fillers, lip fillers and cheek fillers in Birmingham, to discuss your own personal circumstances or to book an appointment, please contact us today! Call us on 0121 420 4038, email lookyourbest@westfieldaesthetics.co.uk or complete our contact form.

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