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What are Dermal Fillers?

Soft dermal fillers are very popular and ideal to give fuller and more defined natural looking lips and add volume to the face, to give a smoother and softer skin appearance, smoothing out moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Fillers can be used to enhance lips and cheeks and reduce the appearance of  facial lines as well as giving a younger look to the back of hands and to the décolletage (cleavage area) and neck.

Facial or dermal filler is a clear hyaluronic acid gel mixed with a mild local anaesthetic called lignocaine. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body. Its function in the skin is to deliver nutrients, hydrate the skin by holding in water, and to act as a cushioning agent to soften the skin and give it a fuller appearance. Fillers are naturally absorbed into the body over a 9 to 18 month period. Since its conception in 1996, millions of hyaluronic acid filler treatments have been performed safely across the world.

Summary of treatment with dermal fillers

  • Procedure time 30 minutes approximately
  • Duration of results approximately 9 -12 months
  • Downtime usually none but be prepared for some bruising and swelling (6-24hrs)
  • Risks and complications are rare and usually mild, and include bruising and swelling, lumpiness, infection, allergic reaction and necrosis. Rarely late onset nodules may occur.
  • Results usually fairly immediate or within a few days after swelling settles

Is Dermal Filler Treatment Suitable for Me?

Dermal fillers are not suitable for everyone and you should ask Dr Cooney for advice before having treatment, for example if you:

  • Suffer from recurrent cold sores.
  • Have an infection or acne inflammation at, or near, the site of treatment.
  • Are currently pregnant or feel that you may be pregnant.
  • Are breast feeding.
  • Have allergies to any of the ingredients found in injectable filler products.
  • Suffer rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Are immunosuppressed.
Why Should I Use Dermal Fillers?

Dermal filler is a natural tissue gel which is injected into mainly the lower part
of the face. It is used to:

  • Help produce fuller and well-defined lips.
  • Diminish wrinkles of the face.
  • Reduce the appearance of skin folds.
  • Soften lines.
The most common areas treated with dermal fillers are:
  • Nasolabial folds around the nasal area.
  • Smile lines of the lower face.
  • Lips
  • Cheeks

We are highly experienced and trained aesthetic practitioners who you can trust to administer dermal fillers safely and with excellent results. Results may vary.

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