Dermal Fillers

You may have seen someone or certain TV personalities and thought ‘she’s had too much work done’.  Well they probably have.  But did you know that dermal filler injections are very commonly performed? And in most cases, when done well and by skilled injectors, the results are subtle and natural.  You may know a friend for relative that has had injections performed or it may be that dermal fillers are a completely new concept to you.  We hope that the information below gives you some information you are looking for.  If you would like further information, please contact us to make an appointment.  Please note that all filler injections performed by our team is done so at their discretion, with your input.  At times, our practitioners may advise that no further injections are required.


What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are substances that are placed under the skin for cosmetic effect.  The term ‘dermal fillers’ is actually a misnomer.  Most fillers are injected not in the dermis, but rather beneath the dermis in the fat layers or on top of bony structures such as the cheek bones.  There are many types of dermal fillers as there are a number of brands of fillers.  At Melbourne Skin & Dermatology, we only use hyaluronic dermal filler injections Melbourne. This is because hyaluronic acid fillers are the only fillers that are completely reversible and have the longest safety record.


What can dermal fillers be used for?

We all want to look our best.  We all want to feel our best.  Many people appreciate that looking and feeling your best are intertwined.  Subtle techniques using dermal fillers can help improve certain features and help restore age-related changes.  This in turn can help improve one’s self-esteem.

It is best to think of your face and injectable treatments as the structures of your bed.  Think of the bed frame as your bone, the mattress springs as your collagen and elastin, the mattress cushioning as your fat and the bed sheets as your skin.  All these structures rely on each other to hold the bed (and hence your face) together.  As we age, our ability to make collagen and elastin slow down.  We start to lose the bony structures and fat that helps keep our skin taught and in place.  Our skin starts to wrinkle and lose the firmness it once had.

Dermal filler injections can help restore the bony changes as well as the lost fat.  Some dermal fillers can enhance collagen and elastin production and certainly take place of this when placed in the fatty layers of the skin.  Some thinner dermal fillers can be used very superficially to fill lines and anti wrinkles.  Overall however, in our hands, we find that the best way to use fillers is to help restore structure and firmness in the skin which helps stretch the skin and wrinkles.


What techniques are used to inject dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers can be injected in a few different ways.  Most dermal filler products come ready prepared in a syringe supplied with needles.  These needles are sharp and pierce easily through the skin and underlying structures.  At times dermal fillers are backfilled into smaller and finer needles for finer work.  Dermal fillers are also commonly injected using a cannula.  A cannula is a blunt instrument which is entered in the skin through a small puncture and fed through beneath the skin.  The use of a cannula to inject dermal fillers has become very popular as it is thought to be safer and lead to less bruising.  Nevertheless, these risks are still possible with the use of cannulas.

Dermal fillers can be injected into any layer of the skin and subcutaneous tissue.  This includes the bone, fat and dermis.  Where fillers are placed depends on safety concepts, the location being injected and the end-result to be achieved.


What are the risks of dermal fillers?

There are several risks that need consideration regarding dermal filler injections.  These need to be discussed individually with your practitioner.  The information below is not intended to be used as a surrogate for a thorough conversation with your practitioner.  Not all potential risks are discussed.

Injection of dermal fillers is a medical procedure and should not be watered-down as a beauty procedure.  Dermal fillers should only be injected by trained medical professionals and under the supervision of doctors.

Risks of dermal fillers are real and can lead to permanent disability when inadvertently injected into a blood vessel.  Such risks include skin necrosis (skin ulceration and scarring), blindness and stroke.  These risks can be reduced by appropriate training and technique but can nevertheless still happen.  Other risks include infection, nodule formation, bruising, asymmetric result and of course patient dissatisfaction of the end-result.  It is most essential that anyone considering to have dermal filler injections be seen by a trusted professional for discussion of the risks and benefits of dermal filler injections.


How long do dermal fillers lasts?

Dermal fillers can last anywhere from 6 months to 3 or even 4 years after injection.  The real truth is that we don’t really know exactly how long fillers will last as there are many variables that can account for this. This includes the type of product being used, the location and other health considerations of the patient.  On average, thicker fillers can last up to 18-24 months whilst thinner and lighter fillers last about 6 months.


How much does dermal filler cost?

The price of dermal fillers can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars.  There are many factors that play a role in determining what’s the price of dermal fillers.  This includes the type of dermal filler and the technology and trust behind the company that produces it.  The price also depends on how much is used as well as who injects it.

Prices for dermal fillers at Melbourne Skin & Dermatology range from $650 to $850 per 1mL of filler depending on various factors.  Often, when more than one 1mL of filler is used, subsequent quantities of dermal filler are costed at a lower price to take into account the reduced setup costs.

It is most important that one does not choose where or who injects their dermal fillers based on cost.  Dermal filler injections should be viewed as an advanced medical procedure with certain skill and risks to be considered.  We encourage our patients to shop around when considering where to have their dermal filler injections performed, but not to do so based on price.  If you are price conscience, consider whether dermal filler injections are necessary for you at all.


Why choose Melbourne Skin & Dermatology for your dermal filler injections?

At Melbourne Skin & Dermatology, our injectors are highly qualified with 20 years of combined experience in cosmetic injections between our practitioners.  We only use a premium brand of hyaluronic acid fillers and do so in a sterile and clinical, medical and professional environment.  Our injecting dermatologists are members of the Australasian Society of Cosmetic Dermatologists.

Injections are performed at our state-of-the-art facility in Rowville.

Should you wish to make an appointment with Dermatologist Dr Chris Jalilian or Cosmetic & Laser RN Jude Bryan, please call 8595 4288 or complete the form on this page to request an appointment.


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