Dermal Fillers

INTRODUCTION

DERMAL FILLERS

The developments in dermal fillers have become the centre of attention in recent “pop” culture. Dermal fillers are popular because they can be used for skin contouring and facial augmentation to improve overall aesthetic appearance that was previously only attainable with plastic surgery, but at a lower price, less risk and no downtime.

What are Dermal Fillers made of?

Dermal fillers typically come in two types: biodegradable and non-biodegradable.

Biodegradable fillers are natural, non-toxic, made of hyaluronic acid (HA) in the form of injectable smoothing gels. After a period of time, the gels will gradually break down.

Non-degradable fillers are made of inorganic substances that stay permanently beneath the skin and may cause reactive skin changes.


Biodegradable (temporary) vs non-biodegradable (permanent)

We only use temporary dermal fillers at The Lime Tree Clinic, and it is a popular choice in most clinics, as they are relatively easy to use, low risk, and can be corrected anytime to achieve homogenous and natural-looking results. On the other hand, permanent fillers tend to give ‘cartoon-ish’ or ‘frozen’ results that can appear out of place as the facial structures change with natural ageing.

How do Dermal Fillers work?

Certain areas of our facial skin can lose its volume as our body produce less collagen and elastin over time, resulting in a tired and sunken face. When injected into the skin, the dermal fillers work as a volumiser to restore the loss of facial volume and fill out the skin directly.

For those looking to sculpt their face in a non-surgical and comfortable manner, dermal fillers can easily achieve the desired look. A straighter nose, fuller lips, sharper jaws and slimmer face for example can all be shaped by our talented injectors. These treatments are all done with your input and feedback so we can artistically craft the facial features that you desire.


Are Dermal Fillers safe?

Dermal fillers are safe because their constituents are naturally found in our body, and so they are fully compatible with our skin tissues.

The risks of dermal filler injections are typically minimised in the hands of a good cosmetic injector with proper training, as well as good understanding of facial anatomy and the dermal filler products. The Lime Tree Clinic performs all procedures in a strict aseptic manner and we pride ourselves on this.

Our cosmetic injectors will work closely with you to evaluate your areas of concern as well as review your medical history, allergies and pregnancy status to optimise your treatment.


What is the procedure of Dermal Filler treatment?

Dermal filler injections are non-surgical, quick and has very little down time. Depending on the location and number of areas to be treated, the whole process generally takes as short as 15 minutes to as long as one hour. The procedure starts with facial assessment and mapping. Our trained cosmetic injector will evaluate your facial appearance, skin tone and examine the areas of your face to be injected. Strategic points of injections may be marked and photographs will be taken before the procedure and placed in your confidential file.

The injection sites will then be cleansed with antibacterial agent. A very fine needle is used to inject dermal fillers. The dermal fillers are a viscous material and when injected into skin, it can cause mild discomfort. Our medical dermal fillers contain a mild local anaesthetic that makes the injection much more comfortable. Numbing cream is also applied prior to the procedure to optimise your comfort.

The process of injecting, shaping, massaging, and evaluating the result is performed, and additional filler added if required to achieve the desired results.

Once the desired result is achieved, ice pack may be used to further reduce swelling and pain.


Dermal fillers after care

Immediately after the injection of dermal fillers, there may be redness, swelling, bruising, itching or discolouration. These side effects are usually temporary and settle after one to two days. Bruising takes one week to settle. Make up can be used the following day.

You will be able to resume your daily activities. Avoid strenuous activities or exercise for three days after treatment.


When I can see the treatment results and how long will it last for?

Dermal fillers produce instant results and typically last somewhere between 6 and 24 months. We take pride to guarantee our treatments to achieve your desired results. We provide a complimentary follow up appointment at two weeks to review your treatment and provide an updated skin assessment.

What is the cost of Dermal Filler treatments?

Our doctors and injectors will discuss with you and choose the appropriate range and type of dermal filler for your target area. The expected improvements will also be discussed. For the ease of our patients, all our premium European dermal fillers are charged at $400 per mL.

Come in to our Nedlands Cosmetic Clinic for a free professional assessment of your dermal filler needs and meet our friendly medical team who will be more than happy to guide your skin journey.

What are the treatment areas for Dermal Fillers

Non-surgical Nose reshaping

The Lime Tree Clinic specialises in non-surgical rhinoplasty or the commonly called “nose job”. Non-surgical nose reshaping involves the use of dermal fillers in the bridge of the nose and along the nose to build upon your nose. A higher, straighter and sharper nose can be achieved. Mild asymmetrical noses can be corrected. Additionally, by applying filler around the tip of the nose, it can create a lifting effect on a drooping nasal tip, or make the tip more pointed in a normally rounded nose.

Tear Troughs

Tear troughs are the depressions or grooves that sit between your lower eyelids and upper cheek. They are under-eye dark circles and can make someone look tired and appear older than they are despite adequate rest.

Dermal fillers can be delicately injected into the tear trough to restore lost volume, resulting in a fresher and younger appearance.

Cheek Enhancement

Dermal fillers can be used as cheek enhancements to lift a sunken cheek that can be caused by either genetic factors or skin ageing. Additionally, it can be used to treat someone who has a flat midface or imbalanced cheeks. This treatment results in a lifted, fresher face in the tired face, or can create sculpted model cheeks depending on your personal requests.

Jaw Enhancement

Jaw enhancement, also known as jaw augmentation, is suitable for someone with a weak jawline that appear asymmetrical, or lack definition. Often there is skin drooping due to sagging jowls or excess fat under the chin that weakens the jawline. Placing dermal fillers on the angle and along the jawline and chin will result in a sharper jaw appearance both in the rounded female face or the male jaw lacking definition.

Chin Enhancement

Chin enhancement can change the contour and shape of your chin. Our female patients want a sharper and more feminine chin that makes the face slimmer, while our male patients like to have a stronger and more chiselled chin. Those with naturally asymmetrical or uneven chins are easily corrected and excellent results are expected.

Lip Augmentation

Lip augmentation, also known as lip enhancement, can be used to treat thin lips to redefine its lost shape, creating a fuller, plumper appearance to match the rest of your features. According to your needs, we can create the lips you want using lip fillers by:

rehydrating your lips to make them supple or more youthful looking without changing its natural contours

add plumpness to skinny lips to return fullness to the lips while maintaining a natural look

add volume to your lips to make them more volumised and kissable

adjust the contours of the lips to provide symmetry and balance, or to define and sharpen the lips

Deep Wrinkles

Dermal fillers can be used in conjunction with anti-wrinkle injections to treat deep wrinkles, smoothening the skin surface as well as re-hydrate the skin to recover the youthful appearance.