Beauty

A complete guide to dermal fillers and lip injections

Girl pouting to show lip fillers

In the world of beauty, it seems you don't have to be older to be wiser!

Dermal fillers can create natural plump and smooth skin to give you a fresh appearance regardless of your age. We quizzed the experts at Australian Skin Clinics on what you really need to know about dermal fillers.


What are dermal fillers and what does it involve?

ASC: Dermal fillers are a facial treatment that adds volume to an area on your face. A gel based treatment - based on a substance that occurs naturally in your body - is injected into your skin using a very fine needle.

How do dermal fillers differ to traditional anti-wrinkle treatments?

ASC: Anti-wrinkle injections block the chemical signal that the brain sends to your muscle telling the muscle to contract. This means when the brain says ‘squint, it’s sunny’, the muscles are saying ‘I can’t hear you’. The best thing about dermal filler is that they do not affect facial expressions, they are fast treatments - typically 30 minutes - and they also provide instant results.

How long do dermal fillers last?

ASC: Depending on your metabolism, the thickness of the product and a number of personal factors, dermal fillers can last for around six to twelve months.

Lip fillers on model

Which areas of the face do dermal fillers target?

ASC: The most popular area for dermal fillers are lips; as it helps to restore your shape and banish bleeding lip lines. Dermal fillers can also restore volume in your cheeks, under the eyes, and the laugh lines around your mouth.

Is twenty too young an age to be getting dermal fillers?

ASC: Dermal fillers are safe for younger woman too as it is made from a substance natural occurring in the body. One of the most popular dermal filler treatments amongst young people is lip enhancement as it can instantly create a full, sexy pout.

How can dermal fillers compliment the skin of a woman in her twenties?

ASC: Dermal fillers can help enhance a youthful look by restoring volume in the cheeks, lips and other areas if needed. It can also help encourage a young woman’s collagen to renew and help her skin stay revitalized because it retains water and helps with skin hydration.

What does a typical procedure involve?

ASC: A consultation is conducted prior to any treatment. It is also advised you should avoid blood-thinning medications such as Aspirin and Nurofen, as well as alcohol, for four days prior to your treatment in order to maximise your results and minimise any risk of bruising.

Vitamin and herb supplements should be skipped the week beforehand as many can often thin your blood too. One of the best things about dermal filler treatments is that they do not affect facial expression, they are fast (typically a 30 minute procedure) and they also provide instant results. During treatment, the dermal filler is injected into the skin in small amounts using a very fine needle.

What can you expect after a dermal filler treatment?

ASC: You may experience tenderness, redness and swelling during the first 24-48 hours, yet these are normal reactions which will resolve over the next two to four days.

For more information or to book your complimentary advanced skin consultation visit www.ozskin.com or call 1300 303 014.


Words: Frances van Eeden