Hyaluronic acid (HA) is naturally produced by the body and is found in the dermis and connective tissue. It binds water to helps retain moisture. With ageing, HA decreases and collagen degenerates, leading to loss of skin elasticity.

Dermal fillers contain HA to replace moisture and volume to areas that naturally lose it with ageing (e.g., cheek pads, tear troughs, lips, etc). This restores a plump youthful appearance to the skin and rebalances the volumes of the face so that they resemble an inverted triangle.

As every face is different, placement and amount of fillers with vary from patient to patient. There is a variety of products with different molecule characteristics (cross-linking, water retention properties, firmness, etc) and it is important to choose the right product for each area and patient skin type. Injection technique and depth of placement needs to be accurate to avoid unwanted results and complications (lumpy feeling, granuloma, infection, injection of filler into an artery, etc).

Results are visible straight away with dermal fillers and can last for up to 12 months depending on the product used. Fillers tend to be well tolerated but some patients may develop hypersensitivity reactions.

We use Restylane products as they have a lot of medical research behind them and a good safety record. A consultation is really important to decide the best product for you. Most filler contain local anaesthetic to make the injection more comfortable. However certain sites (lips) will also need application of a topical anaesthetic and the use of a cannula for safer precise placement.