Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are made from Hyaluronic Acid, which is a naturally occurring sugar in the body. Used correctly, they will

• improve facial contouring
• correct lines
• soften deep folds
• restore the facial volume that diminishes with age

Did you know?

When injected, dermal filler has the unique ability to attract and absorb water . It smooths out the injected area at the same time as improving skin tone, hydration and texture. This makes it ideal for enhancing cheeks and lips and filling out hollows or wrinkles on the face.

Dermal Fillers Treatment Summary

  • Procedure Time
    30 Minutes

  • Back to Work:
    Following day

  • Anaesthetic:
    Topical

  • Full Recovery:
    48-72 hours

  • Results:
    Immediate – will improve with time

  • Duration of Results:
    6 – 18 months

  • Common Side Effects:
    Bruising and swelling

Key Facts

Frequently Asked Questions
Who should have Dermal Fillers?

Dermal Fillers are extremely useful for people who wish to add volume to the skin of the face, plumping it out and smoothing out the surface. It is generally used for lines around the nose, mouth and lips (“smoker’s lines”).

What does Treatment involve?

Treatment with dermal fillers involves very small injections of a naturally occurring sugar known as Hyaluronic Acid into the affected areas. The needles used are very fine, and only a small volume is injected at a time.

How long does the procedure last?

Most procedures will take anywhere between 10 and 20 minutes.

Is the treatment painful?

The discomfort experienced by the patient is quite minimal and generally well tolerated. To aid in reducing discomfort during the procedure, the treating doctor may choose to have anaesthetic cream or ice put on the area prior to treatment or may opt to provide a local nerve block.

What results can I expect?

Dermal Fillers will smooth out lines and wrinkles, producing an instant effect that will leave your face feeling younger and fresher, with a more youthful appearance.

What areas are treated with Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers can reduce the visibility of wrinkles, creases and lines around the following areas:

  • Forehead
  • Nose
  • Mouth
  • Lips

Dermal fillers can also improve the fullness and definition in the following areas:

  • Cheeks
  • Lips
  • Temples
  • Hollows under the eyes (Tear Troughs)
  • Chin and Jaw
When can I resume normal activities?

Patients can return to normal activities immediately following the procedure.

When will I see results?

Results are seen immediately following treatment but will continue to improve with time as the hyaluronic acid absorbs water and any bruising or swelling settles down.

How long will the results last?

The effects of the treatment are long lasting but not permanent as the dermal filler is naturally degraded by the body over time. Generally speaking, dermal fillers can last between 6-18 months and sometimes longer. However, this will depend on the type and amount of dermal filler used and how fast your body breaks it down (body metabolism). Our doctors and nurses will discuss this in further detail at your initial consultation.

How do I maintain my results?

After your initial treatment, follow-up sessions are usually recommended to maintain results. At Sculpture Clinic, our doctors and nurses adopt a conservative approach so as to provide natural results. If a top up treatment is required, this will be scheduled in within a certain time frame.

What are some of the side effects of dermal fillers?

As with any cosmetic medical treatment, occasional side effects may occur. In the first few hours following treatment, the area treated may feel sore and puffy. Over the next 24-48 hours, you may experience further tenderness, bruising and swelling but this should subside after this time.
Allergies to Hyaluronic acid fillers are extremely rare.

What brand of dermal fillers do we use?

Due to rules and guidelines set out by the Department of Health Therapeutic Goods Administration (view the TGA website), we cannot list the various dermal filler brands in use. However, our Cosmetic Surgeon or Cosmetic Nurse will discuss the various treatments and brands available at your initial consultation.

Are Hyaluronic Dermal Fillers safe?

Dermal Fillers have been internationally approved for medical use for over 20 years. They have been researched and performed worldwide. Significant side effects are not common but will still be discussed with you at your initial consultation.

Cautions and Contraindications

You should not have this treatment if:

  • There is any type of infection on the face (Herpes, Bacterial)
  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding

Full list of side effects, cautions and contraindications will be discussed at your initial consultation.

Who performs dermal filler treatments?

At The Sculpture Clinic, dermal filler treatments are performed by Dr Peter Paraskevas (Cosmetic Surgeon) or Katrina Bonham (Cosmetic Nurse). As Dermal Fillers are a Schedule 4 Prescription only drug, it is important that treatment is carried out by a qualified Cosmetic Doctor.

Can the Treatment be combined with other products or procedures?

Dermal Fillers are often combined with other cosmetic procedures such as anti-wrinkle injections and Absorbable Thread Lifts. These three treatments can supplement each other quite effectively. A very careful assessment at your initial consultation will determine which combination of treatment is most suitable for optimal facial contouring and rejuvenation. Patients are always reminded that treatment is highly individualised and will vary from person to person.

After Care
  • Refrain from touching or rubbing the filled area for at least 6 hours following your treatment
  • Avoid extremely high or low temperatures.
  • Be gentle when applying make up or washing the filled area of your face.