Dermal Filler Q & A

Frequently asked questions

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal Fillers are comprised of a naturally occurring complex sugar, which resides within the skin and other areas of the body. The role of dermal fillers is to attract water, thereby hydrating, plumping and smoothing the skin

Dermal fillers, also known as injectable implants, soft tissue fillers, or wrinkle fillers are medical device implants for use in helping to create a smoother and/or fuller appearance in the face, including nasolabial folds, cheeks and lips and for increasing the volume of the back of the hand.

Dermal fillers made from absorbable or temporary material for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and skin folds, such as nasolabial folds, which are the wrinkles on the sides of your mouth that extend towards the nose often referred to as "smile lines" or "marionette lines."

How many treatments will I need?

Patients may need more than one injection to get the desirable smoothing/filling effect. Successful results will depend on the health of the skin, the skill of the doctor or nurse, and amount and type of filler used. The time that the effect lasts depends on the filler material used and the area where it is injected. Dermal fillers for the restoration and/or correction of the signs of facial fat loss

What are the risk of having dermal fillers?

What are the risk of having dermal fillers?

As in any medical procedure, there are risks involved with the use of dermal fillers. That is why it is important for you to understand their limits and possible risks.
Any dermal filler can cause short- or long-term side effects, permanent side effects, or a combination. However, most side effects associated with dermal fillers occur shortly after injection and most go away in less than two weeks. Swelling and pain after hand treatment may last a month or more. In some cases, side effects may appear weeks, months or years after injection.

The following risks accompany uses of Dermal Fillers. The risks associated with unapproved uses of dermal fillers, or with the use of unapproved products are not known.

Common side effects include:

  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Itching, rash
  • Difficulty in performing activities (only observed when injected into the back of the hand)

Less common side effects include:

  • Raised bumps in or under the skin (nodules or granulomas) that may need to be surgically removed
  • Infection
  • Open or draining wounds
  • A sore at the injection site
  • Allergic reaction
  • Necrosis (tissue death)

The following rare side effects have also been reported.

  • Severe allergic reaction (anaphylactic shock) that requires immediate emergency medical assistance
  • Migration/ movement of filler material from the site of injection
  • Leakage or rupture of the filler material at the injection site or through the skin (which may result from tissue reaction or infection)
  • The formation of permanent hard nodules in the face or hand
  • Vision abnormalities, including blindness
  • Stroke
  • Injury to the blood supply, Damage to the skin or the lips

What brands of dermal fillers do you use?

So Haute Cosmetic Medicine provide our patients with class leading anti-wrinkle and dermal filler products.
Due to legal reasons we are prohibited from displaying product names and references. TGA regulations for advertising of schedule 4 substances including anti-wrinkle and dermal filler products.

What areas can be treated with dermal fillers?

Upper Face Area: The most eminent feature of the face is the eye area. As we age, depletion of volume occurs which creates shadowing, lines and wrinkles, causing us to look tired and older than we feel.

The tear troughs (hollowing) beneath the eyes may be softened with dermal fillers, restoring a smooth, refreshed appearance

MID FACE: The facial areas which can be treated using dermal fillers include the cheeks, which is a common area for volume loss due to the gravitational changes of the underlying fat pads.

Dermal filler treatment of the cheeks is not only used to restore volume, but may also help to soften the crows feet, and provide support to the lower facial areas affected by gravity. Defining the apex of the cheek also enhances femininity and facial attractiveness.

Lower Face Area: Dermal fillers may also be used to rejuvenate the mouth area, by hydrating and plumping vertical lip lines and reinforcing the lip border; an area quite commonly affected by collagen depletion and sun damage, as well as lifting the corners of the mouth affected by gravitational changes.

Dermal filler treatment of the lip body offers hydration, enhanced volume and femininity to the face.

The nasolabial folds and jowls are also common areas affected by gravitational changes, which can be softened using dermal fillers to help rejuvenate the lower face