6 things you might not know about Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers – what are they? What do they do? Should I get them?

Despite their increasing popularity, there is still a bit of mystery around these cosmetic injectable treatments. During lockdown, we ran a Q&A session on Instagram all about injectables and the response was HUGE! We’ve recognized the need for a more detailed blog post to answer and go over all your questions and hopefully shed some light!

Dermal Fillers are derived from a synthesised hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring sugar in your body. They can last from 6 months to two years depending on the application, the area, the amount used and the persons unique physical makeup. Different fillers are designed to be used in different areas of the face and at The Cosmetic Clinic, our registered nurse cosmetic injectors know exactly what goes where!

Dermal fillers are designed to help enhance natural features by adding volume to certain areas of your face. This can include the lips, cheeks or defining the jawline. And adding volume doesn’t always necessarily mean plump luscious lips.

Benefits can include improved facial symmetry, restored facial volume, enhanced cheekbones, creating contour and definition and giving your cheeks a lift. Adding the right amount of filler can also fill out lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth and jawline. And, yes, of course there’s the plump, juicy defined lips! But there is so much you can do with dermal fillers that many clients don’t realize. Curious? Continue reading to find out more!


Can injectables help remove fat from cheeks, jawline and the neck area?

Yes! Our injectables can help decrease the submental fat in all those areas. If you have stubborn fat areas on your face and are unsure of how to get rid of it, we have a solution for you! We use a product called Belkyra which will help tighten and firm your skin. Belkyra is a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid, which is different to a dermal filler. It can reduce submental fullness in a double chin but is not used for other areas. It works by dissolving the fat cells and, when used in conjunction with 2mls of filler, can give a more defined jaw line.

Dermal filler, when injected into certain areas of the face, can be used to contour, shape and give the appearance of slimming by pulling back and giving lift.


Did you know the injectable Dysport can be injected into the muscle and stop teeth grinding?

Our technicians love performing this on our clients as the results can be life changing. If you are having trouble with teeth grinding in your sleep or in general, we strongly advise you to consider this treatment. Teeth grinding can take a toll on your teeth and can have some side effects including headaches. Our clients have come back with very positive comments after trying this treatment.


Can injectables help with hooded eyelids?

Absolutely! Depending on the severity, results can vary. Hooded eyelids are when you have extra fat that droops over the crease of your eye, causing the lid to look smaller. Here at The Cosmetic Clinic, we can lift and open the eye, helping to eliminate that hooded look.


Can injectables help with gummy smiles?

Yes! Our injectables can help reduce the gum shown in your smile, highlighting those gorgeous teeth of yours instead. We have our ‘Lips Re-defined’ package that can include treatment for gummy smiles at an everyday price of only $499, but as always treatments can be adjusted to the amount needed for you and your lips specifically. This can also be achieved with anti-wrinkle injections as well in cases where dermal filler is not ideal.


How long does ‘Botox’ last?

First of all, it’s really important to understand that ‘Botox’ is a brand name for an anti-wrinkle treatment. At The Cosmetic Clinic we use another brand similar to Botox called Dysport. Dysport essentially does the same thing as Botox. The different brands have slight variations, but they both temporarily relax the muscle, reducing the appearance of wrinkles or fine lines. So, how long does it last? In both cases, this depends on the amount used and placement, but generally 3-4 months. Some clients with very fast metabolisms or who exercise a lot may find they burn through the product faster.


How is Dysport different from Botox?

Derived from the same FDA approved ingredients, they are pretty much the same – they have simply been developed by different companies. Overall, both work in the same way, softening your frown lines, forehead lines, and helping to reduce crow’s feet.


Our injectors have all undertaken specialist training and are highly qualified. Here at The Cosmetic Clinic, your safety is our number one priority.

To find out if dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle injections are right for you, call or visit your local clinic today for a FREE consultation today!




IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  Restylane is an unfunded Treatment that you pay for. Ask your Doctor if Restylane is right for you. Normal Doctors charges apply. Restylane is an injectable intradermal implant containing Hyaluronic acid, stabilized 20 mg/ml. Restylane is used for facial tissue augmentation and lip enhancement. Restylane should only be injected by a medical professional. Tell your medical professional if you have a bleeding disorder or if you are being treated with blood thinning medicines, or any other medicines you are taking. Precautions: Allergy to Hyaluronic acid or any active ingredients. Restylane should not be used where there is active skin disease, inflammation or related conditions. Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding, or in children. Avoid intense heat or cold after treatment until swelling and redness have resolved. Side effects: common injection-related reactions might occur, including redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising, tenderness or lumpiness at the implant site. Typically, these resolve in a few days to a week. Tell your medical professional if you experience any side effects. For further information ask your medical professional. Q-Med c/o Pharmacy Retailing (NZ) t/a Healthcare Logistics, Auckland 0800 174 104. The JUVÉDERM® range of injectable gels are medical devices for use in adults. JUVÉDERM® VOLITE contain 12mg/mL cross-linked hyaluronic acid with lidocaine 3mg/mL. JUVÉDERM® ULTRA XC and JUVÉDERM® ULTRA PLUS XC contain 24mg/mL cross-linked hyaluronic acid with lidocaine 3mg/mL. Juvéderm® VOLITE™ is for filling superficial depressions of the skin as well as for additional improvement of skin quality attributes such as hydration and elasticity. JUVÉDERM® ULTRA XC is for filling medium-sized depressions of the skin as well as for lip definition. JUVÉDERM® ULTRA PLUS XC is for filling mid and/or deep depressions of the skin as well as for lip definition and enhancement. All JUVÉDERM® products should be administered only by a trained medical professional. JUVÉDERM® ULTRA XC and JUVÉDERM® ULTRA PLUS XC™ should not be injected into the eyelids. You should not receive treatment with any JUVÉDERM® product if you are below 18 years of age, have untreated epilepsy, history of hypertrophic scars or porphyria, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, hypersensitivity to ingredients including hyaluronic acid, lidocaine or amide-type local anaesthetics, any areas of cutaneous inflammation and/or infections, or if you have just had laser treatment, deep chemical peel or dermabrasion. Precautions: Caution is required if you have received treatment with another dermal filler; if you have a history of or are currently suffering an auto-immune disease, severe multiple allergies, anaphylactic shock, streptococcal disease, symptoms of cardiac conduction disorders; or if you are taking certain medications including anti-coagulants or certain drugs that reduce/inhibit hepatic metabolism. Avoid makeup for 12 hours after injection and prolonged exposure to sunlight/UV light/extreme temperatures for 2 weeks. Adverse effects reported after treatment with JUVÉDERM® range of fillers have included immediate or delayed injection site inflammatory reactions (redness/swelling/ itching/pain on pressure) persisting a week post treatment, haematomas, induration or nodules, discolouration, weak filling effect, risk of infection, abscess formation, granuloma, necrosis or hypersensitivity. Please ask your medical professional or request for the Directions For Use for complete list of precautions and adverse effects per respective filler. JUVÉDERM® injectable gels are not funded on the New Zealand Pharmaceutical Scheme. You will need to pay for this treatment. Normal visit fees apply. Speak to your medical professional about your own situation and about the benefits/ risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. If you have any side effects or concerns speak to your doctor. Note: JUVÉDERM® treatment may last up to 1–2 years and further courses of treatment may be necessary. (September 2018).  ®Trademark(s) and registered trademark(s) of Allergan, Inc. Allergan Australia Pty Ltd. 810 Pacific Highway, Gordon NSW 2072. ABN 85 000 612 831. Allergan New Zealand Limited, Auckland. © 2018 Allergan. All rights reserved. Date of preparation: October 2018 ANZ/0104/2017.



IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Dysport® (Clostridium botulinum type A toxin-haemagglutinin complex, 300 or 500 IPSEN units) is a Prescription Medicine for the treatment of vertical frown lines between the eyebrows. DYSPORT® has risks and benefits. For more information, talk to your medical professional or read the Consumer Medicine Information available at www.medsafe.govt.nz. Ask your Doctor if DYSPORT® is right for you. Do not use in patients with allergIndividy to active ingredients, in patients diagnosed with myasthenic gravis. Do not use if there is sign of infection at injection site. If you experience side effects and they concern you, see your medical professional. You will need to pay for DYSPORT® and for the administration and consultation charges. Galderma c/o Healthcare Logistics, Auckland 0800 174 104.