What are Dermal Fillers and why do you need them? We talk to the experts to delve deeper into this beauty craze…

Dermal fillers are becoming a hugely popular treatment here in NZ for those looking to fill lines and wrinkles. With advancements in medical science, dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane have been dubbed the ‘liquid face lift’ and more and more women are investing in treatments to restore their youthful complexion – FAST!
If you have visible signs of ageing there’s now a very good reason to consider fillers as a way to correct them. Safe and effective when used in the right dosages and by a trained professional, they correct wrinkles, folds, scars and asymmetries of the face. And now, with years of advancements, fillers can also be used for sculpting, shaping lips, cheeks, down turned mouth corners, chins, jawlines and lip enlargements. As well as great skincare products and SPF protection, they have become a sensible part of the anti-ageing process and can contribute to keeping your skin looking healthier and younger for many years to come.

How Dermal Fillers Work
Fillers are made from hyaluronic acid or collagen and work by ‘plumping’ up or restoring volume to the area being treated, therefore giving the skin a more youthful appearance. The safest dermal fillers are non-permanent gels made from hyaluranon (a carbohydrate). ‘This is a naturally occurring substance found in most living organisms,’ says Caci Clinic’s National clinical support nurse and trainer, Kate Allen. But as this declines with age, fillers made from these substances are an ideal choice for rejuvenation. By directly injecting fillers into wrinkles and lines the area is immediately filled-in and skin is plumped up to the point where the wrinkle, depression, or fold is gone.

The Difference between Botox and Fillers
Although both non-invasive procedures involve injections, Botox and Fillers serve a purpose to produce very different effects cosmetically. ‘Chemically, Botox (botulinum) is a protein, while the hyaluronic fillers are complex carbohydrates,’ says Joanna Clarke, Founding Director of Clinic42. In a nutshell, ‘fillers elevate the skin to fill in lines and contours, plump the lips and sculpt the face, while botulinum products relax the wrinkle causing muscles to soften the expression,’ says Joanna. Many people actually get both Botox and dermal fillers because the combination can produce a remarkably younger-looking appearance. 

How long does it last?
As with any cosmetic procedure, the results do vary from person to person, and of course, it depends on the area treated. ‘Some of the thinner, softer fillers injected into lips or naso-labial lines will last about six months,’ says Joanna. ‘This is because the treated area is highly mobile and only a small amount of filler is used.’
However when the cheeks, temples or jawline are treated the results can last a lot longer. ‘We are able to use a thicker, more structural, longer-lasting version of the filler, so with the treated area typically being a lot less mobile, the product should last about a year.’ A bonus is that with subsequent treatments sometimes these areas can last up to two years or longer.

Are there side effects?
With any cosmetic procedure, there are some risks associated. ‘Most side effects are only temporary and localised to the treatment area,’ says Kate. ‘Sometimes there may be slight bruising, swelling or redness, but your treatment provider should always talk through all the risks during your consultation.’
According to the Skin Institute of New Zealand, normal activities can be resumed immediately following your treatment, which is great for busy woman on the go.
However, if there is a situation where a problem has occurred like overfilling or uneven placement, there is a silver lining! ‘A major advantage of the hyaluronic fillers, is that there is an antidote to dissolve it,’ says Joanna. ‘The enzyme hyaluronidase, can actually be injected into the troublesome area to eliminate the problem within hours.’

When it comes to injectables, the price is high for a reason. After all, you’re paying for the best products to be administered by the best clinician to get the absolute best results. The cost does vary quite considerably depending on what area is being treated. ‘All patients are different, so some require less product than others,’ says Joanna. Plumping your lips could be anywhere from $700, and facial contouring fillers can reach up to $3000.
To put your mind at ease, ask your Doctor or clinician as much questions as possible so you have a full understanding of what’s involved.
As a rule they, should tell you:

  • What their experience and training is; how many times they have performed the procedure before, and what product they’re using on you.
  • They should also discuss the risks and benefits of your treatment, what they plan to do, and how much it’s likely to cost. You should also always sign a consent form.


WORDS: Elise Wilson
MODEL SHOTS: Essie Nails NYFW 15
ARTICLE: As seen in M2 Woman Magazine – Sept/Oct issue.


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