What are Dermal Fillers?

There are many different kinds of fillers. Most are made of a substance called hyaluronic acid which is found naturally in the body. This is then cross-linked to create a gel which is metabolised more slowly and therefore gives a longer-lasting clinical effect.

The fillers are injected under the skin to "fill" the wrinkles and lines. Dermal Fillers are the best treatment option for problem areas of the lower half of the face, including:

  • naso-labial (nose to mouth) lines
  • smile lines
  • marionette lines
  • lip enhancement

How does it work?

Dermal Fillers are injected under the skin to plump up the lines and smooth them out. Usually a local anaesthetic cream is applied to the skin for 20 to 30 minutes before treatment to minimise any discomfort. If lines above the top lip are treated or lip enhancement is performed, an anaesthetic injection is given as this area is quite sensitive.

The results of this treatment are instant. As the filler is gradually absorbed by the body, the length of the effect is determined by an individual's metabolism and the filler used. Some fillers last between 4 to 6 months but Juvéderm lasts up to 12 months.

There are semi-permanent and permanent fillers on the market. However, these have a much higher incidence of allergic reactions and they cannot be removed, so Dr Bentley-Thomas does not use them.

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Are there any side-effects?

The Dermal fillers used by Dr Bentley-Thomas are extremely safe and have a low incidence of allergic reaction. Side effects are not common but can include:

  • redness and swelling at the injection site
  • occasional bruising within the tissues which can last up to 7 days

You should minimise exposure to extreme heat and cold for 2 weeks after treatment.

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Is it right for me?

You should not have treatment with Dermal fillers if you:

  • are pregnant, think you could be pregnant or are breast-feeding
  • have had an allergic reaction to any other Dermal fillers
  • have a skin complaint such as active acne or herpes
  • have used roaccutane within the past 12 months
  • have permanent skin-fillers in place
  • have had laser skin resurfacing or skin peels within the last 6 weeks
  • are currently taking anticoagulants or aspirin as this increases the risk of bruising

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How much does it cost?

Treatment costs depend on the type and amount of filler used and start at £300.

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