How dermal fillers work

Dermal fillers – what are they, who can get them, do they hurt, will they change my appearance?


These questions and more we are asked in our clinics around New Zealand almost daily. There’s so much chatter about these injectables on social media and on the internet, and not all of it is true! So, what are dermal fillers? What do they do? Are they safe? At The Cosmetic Clinic, we want to make sure you are informed before deciding that dermal fillers are for you.


Dermal fillers are an aesthetic gel-based treatment that is injected into the skin. They are specifically designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, contour the face and create volume – most popularly used for lip enhancement. So, how do they actually work? You’re about to find out!


How do dermal fillers work?

Dermal fillers work by imitating a naturally occurring substance within your body – a sugar molecule that exists naturally in almost all living organisms. Its normal function is to bind water so it acts as a lubricant and shock absorber in movable parts of the body, such as joints. It is also important for the transport of nutrients and in regulating water balance in skin. By boosting your skin with this naturally occurring substance, dermal fillers revitalise and add volume to the area instantly. This diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles, giving a natural, softer look. The gel we use at The Cosmetic Clinic is very tissue-friendly and closely resembles that which exists in the body.


What are the benefits of dermal filler?

A single treatment can be seen instantly and can last for around 6-12 months depending on the thickness of the product and a number of biological factors of the individual client. We use dermal filler injections to give a natural looking result that does not affect facial expression. As we age, our face changes over time, and through the use of dermal fillers we can help you continue to be the best version of yourself.


What areas can be treated?

Dermal fillers can be used to smooth away facial lines and wrinkles, create fuller lips and shape facial contours, such as cheeks and chin, as well as revitalise the skin and hydrate the lips. The most common areas treated are the nose to mouth lines (smile lines), between the eyebrows (frown lines), the lips and cheeks (adding volume and shape).


Is dermal filler permanent?

One of the great advantages of dermal filler treatment is that the effects are long lasting but not permanent. Dermal filler products are biodegradable, which means they will naturally and harmlessly disappear in the body. The longevity of your filler can range from 6-12 months depending on the brand, thickness, and the area treated. Duration also depends on many factors, such as the individual’s skin type, skin condition, lifestyle, and age.  To ensure an optimal and long lasting result, a top-up treatment is recommended 6-12 months after your initial treatment. Our expert cosmetic injectors, who are all Registered Nurses, will guide you on the appropriate time for your follow-up appointment.


Do dermal filler treatments hurt?

Ah, the big question! The discomfort you may feel will really depend on the individual. The injections themselves feel like a slight pinch, and you may experience slight pressure as the product is being injected. Depending on the area, your practitioner may apply or inject a local anaesthetic to the area to be treated. Some fillers already contain local anaesthetic which also makes the treatment more comfortable.


Are dermal filler treatments safe?

Our most used dermal filler is the most scientifically documented HA based dermal filler in the world with comprehensive studies that support its safety and efficacy. It has been used in over 10 million treatments worldwide during the last twelve years. Because the dermal filler resembles the substances that occur naturally in the body, the risk of allergic reaction is minimal.


Can everybody use dermal fillers?

You must be over 18 to receive a dermal filler treatment. Dermal fillers should not be used in or near areas where there is or has been skin disease, inflammation or skin related problems. Dermal fillers have not been tested in pregnant or breast-feeding women, individuals with medical conditions that lower the body’s immune response or individuals undergoing therapy that is immunosuppressive may be more prone to infection by a skin injection procedure. During your pre-treatment consultation, you should thoroughly discuss your medical history with your cosmetic injector. All the cosmetic injectors at The Cosmetic Clinic are Registered Nurses and will be able to advise you if dermal fillers are right for you.


What brand of dermal fillers do you stock?

At The Cosmetic Clinic, we carry a range of dermal fillers to cater to the exact needs of each client. We use only the best brands and we always have plenty stock as dermal fillers are very popular with our clients. Dermal filler products vary in thickness, anaesthetic content and longevity.


Why doesn’t this blog talk about specific fillers?

We adhere to strict protocols and advertising practises regarding the names of prescription medicines such as dermal filler, so we are unable to mention the trade names on blog posts or social media. We only display them on certain pages on our website, where all of the appropriate information is supplied. You can view this here. And of course, we can assure you that we only use the leading brands of fillers and when you have your consultation we can freely talk about the options available.


For more information or to book your complimentary consultation call your nearest The Cosmetic Clinic today or visit your local clinic and speak with one of our highly trained team.