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Dermal Fillers are injections used to replace lost facial volume.

As we age, our face losses fat and the bone is resorbed in conjunction with less collagen production, leading to our skin sagging and becoming more loose. With dermal fillers we aim to ‘fill in’ the lost volume and give the skin a more youthful appearance.

Dermal filers are not a permanent treatment, however the effects typically last between 6-18 months, depending on the type and quality of filler used and the area injected. We do advise that results and longevity will vary between person to person.

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Fillers can replace the lost volume in the cheeks and give a fuller more defined look. Adding volume to the cheeks also lifts the mid-face, improving the nasolabial folds. These are the lines that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth.


Ageing causes loss of volume in the lips, whilst others are born with small lips or asymmetrical lips. Dermal fillers are used to restore volume, enhance definition, and improve symmetry to create beautiful luscious lips.


These lines run from the corners of the mouth to the chin and give people a constant sad or angry look. Fillers can be injected to remedy this appearance.


Accordion lines, or extended smile, are the static lines present on the outer-side of the mouth, caused by smiling or laughing. Dermal fillers can be used to treat these lines as well, so you can continue to laugh or smile without restraint


Filler can be used in the chin to create a more defined chin or to create a more proportionate face for those who have smaller chins or rounder faces. It can also have a slimming effect for your face.


With age, the veins and the tendons on the back of the hands become more visible and the skin sags. Sun damage also contributes to the aging of the hands. We can use dermal filler to replace volume. Sometimes, after review in 2 weeks, more filler may be needed, however, we suggest you discuss with your practitioner your options, potentially adding other relevant interventions.


Do not go to bed until 4 hours after the procedure.

Dermal filler is a common procedure which is unlikely to cause any serious complications. Rarely, complications occur, and you need to be aware of them. We can treat complications in the clinic.

Typical side effects from dermal filler include:

  • Bruising – can take up to 10 days to resolve
  • Tenderness in the area that has been treated

Rare side effects that may need urgent attention are:

  • White discolouration of the skin in or around the region that has been treated
  • Mottled red appearance of the skin
  • Skin turning black in or around the treated area
  • Signs of infection – warmth and redness with discomfort in the areas of treatment with dermal filler
  • Intense discomfort in the treated area

Eyesight problems have been reported after dermal filler, including blindness. Thankfully this is extremely rare, and we are not aware of any cases occurring in Australia when filler has been injected by a doctor. Blindness can occur if dermal filler is injected into a blood vessel which communicates with the eyes. Riskier areas for this include the tear trough, temples or naso-labial folds. For these reasons, we encourage you to discuss in detail your desired aesthetic goals, so our experienced team can guide you through your decision making process, ensuring both the clinician and yourself are happy to proceed.

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