Introduction to dermal fillers
Each individual has their own concept of beauty and their own unique aesthetic goals. Dermal fillers are a type of aesthetic treatment that may be used to achieve a wide range of different effects across the face. They are commonly used to fill (reduce facial lines and wrinkles); to volumize (add volume to the cheeks, chin and lips); and to lift (enhance and maintain facial shapes and contours).
Lifting-style dermal fillers are used to enhance and maintain facial shape, angles and contours.
Filling-style dermal fillers are used to reduce fine facial lines and wrinkles.
Volumizing-style dermal fillers are used to add volume to the cheeks and lips, and volumize ageing faces.
How should I prepare before my dermal filler consultation?
In Australia, only registered health practitioners may administer dermal fillers. You can check if a practitioner is registered in Australia by visiting the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website. Your treatment should be performed in a registered clinic that provides privacy and is spotlessly clean. You can always request to see training certificates and insurance certificates to ensure that your healthcare practitioner has received the appropriate training and is insured for the treatment.
What should I expect from my chosen healthcare practitioner?
Your healthcare practitioner should provide you with comprehensive information and give you a detailed explanation regarding your treatment.
- You should be informed of the possibilities and limitations of the treatment.
- You should receive information about possible side effects and precautions for treatment.
- You should be informed of the cost of the treatment and possible follow-up treatments.
What precautions should my healthcare practitioner advise me about?
There are several important precautions to discuss with your healthcare practitioner to optimize satisfactory results and reduce the risk of complications. Discuss the following with your healthcare practitioner:
- If you are taking immunosuppressive medications
- If you are taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or any other medication that affects bleeding
- If you have any questions about precautions related to the treatment
- If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
- If you have a tendency to scar badly
- If you are planning or have recently had other cosmetic procedures.
How are dermal fillers administered?
First, the healthcare practitioner cleans the area to be treated. A small amount of the appropriate filler is then injected into the skin through a fine needle or blunt micro-cannula. Different fillers are used to fill (reduce facial lines and wrinkles); to volumize (add volume to the cheeks, chin and lips); and to lift (enhance and maintain facial shapes and contours). After the injection, your practitioner may gently massage the treated area.
How long does the treatment take?
A treatment with a dermal filler generally does not take long. Depending on the area and indication, it might take 15-45 minutes. A touch-up treatment is sometimes performed approximately two weeks after the initial treatment to optimize the results.
Other treatment options
Aesthetic science provides a range of potential treatments to help individuals address concerns such as skin ageing and facial imbalances, and to create unique looks. A wide selection of dermal fillers allows aesthetic practitioners to refine facial features and to fill lines and wrinkles. Meanwhile anti-wrinkle injections, skin hydration boosters and collagen stimulators may be used to address the signs of skin and facial ageing.
The decision to use any aesthetic treatment should be made in consultation with a registered healthcare practitioner.