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Dr Kate Howsan MBBS Qld  0412 127 188
Richelle Frith R.N.                0417 630 670

Dermal Fillers

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Dermal Fillers are made from naturally occurring complex sugar molecules. These are found within the tissues of all living cells including human skin. They assist in hydration by attracting and holding water and also combine with collagen and elastin to provide structure and elasticity to the skin.

These molecules are naturally broken down by the body within days. The dermal fillers that we use have technology that stabilize these sugar molecules to enable them to last within the body. This gives a smooth, long lasting result.

Treatment with dermal fillers is a non-surgical procedure by which the injectable gel is administered through a few injections by a trained medical professional. Your Doctor may decide to administer a topical (cream) or injectable local anaesthetic to help numb the area being treated. The procedure should cause only minimal disruption to your daily routine and the majority of people resume normal activities immediately after the procedure.

The result you receive from the treatment should last 6 – 12 months; however, some of the newer volumising dermal fillers can last up to 24 months. Results are dependent on the type of filler used, area treated and the patient treated.

As these sugar molecules are naturally present within the skin and not derived from animals, there is no need for an allergy pre test before treatment. Dermal fillers have been used for many years and clinical studies show them to be well tolerated.

Dermal fillers can be used for minor corrections, deep lines and wrinkles and volumising. There are different thicknesses of these fillers for different areas of the face.

The injection itself should cause minimal discomfort and most fillers contain local anaesthetic to assist with patient comfort. Side effects, if experienced, are generally temporary and can range from local effects such as swelling, redness, bruising to general effects such as temporary discomfort; bruising, swelling and irregularities.

There are also dissolving agents for many of the temporary fillers, making them quite a safe treatment option.