What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are made up of hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring molecule in our skin – which is used to support areas of the face which have lost volume or to treat wrinkles formed by increased skin laxity.

Where can dermal fillers be used in the face?


Dermal Fillers can be used to treat the following areas of the face:

  • Nasolabial folds (lines from the side of the nose to the mouth corners)
  • Marionette lines (lines down from the corners of the mouth)
  • Cheek/midface volume loss
  • Chin and jawline augmentation
  • Lips (can be used for hydration, definition and volumisation)

How do I know which filler I need?

Dermal fillers are divided into categories based on where they placed in the skin and their chemical make-up. Fillers used for volumization such as cheek/chin augmentation are thick, they are placed deep into the skin, mostly on the bone. Whereas fine line fillers are placed superficially to treat the overlying skin. During the consultation process, your individual concerns and skin condition will be taken into account.

Is there downtime involved?

This is a minimally-invasive procedure. Dermal fillers are injected with a  needle or cannula therefore there may be an element of mild discomfort during the procedure. Although most fillers do contain a local anaesthetic agent, it is also possible to add a topical local anaesthetic cream to make the treatment more comfortable.

Redness and bruising is a possibility after the treatment. Bruising, should it occur will last approx. 5-7 days and can be concealed with make-up.  Irregularities or bumps felt should resolve over 10-14 days as the filler becomes integrated with the surrounding tissue. You may go back to your daily activities the same day.

Is it safe?

As hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in our body, this dramatically decrease the risk of inflammation, sensitivity and reaction of our tissues to a “foreign substance” Previous fillers, such as silicone, were permanent and therefore the side effect and complication rate was much higher. All hyaluronic acid fillers, as used at Clarity Aesthetics, are temporary and are naturally broken down by the body’s own enzymes over time. However, there are side-effects and complications associated with dermal fillers which will be discussed during your consultation.

All hyaluronic acid fillers, as used at Clarity Aesthetics, are temporary and are naturally broken down by the body’s own enzymes over a period of time.

How long will it last?

The duration of effect of a dermal filler treatment is dependent on the type (thickness) of filler used, and the areas treated. Most fillers will last approximately 9-12months, deeper volumizing fillers may last up to 18 months. The effect is also dependant on lifestyle factors such as sun exposure and smoking. Individual variations in metabolism also play a  role.

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