Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are used to remove or reduce lines, folds and wrinkles on any area of the face by replacing lost volume to the skin.

The filler material is a gel which contains products that are naturally found in the skin, including hyaluronic acid that maintains hydration, thus giving volume to the skin.

Are they safe?

The fillers used in the clinic are made by Restylane. They have a very good safety record and we ourselves have seen no serious side effects to date. In a similar way to Botox, the commonly used name for Botulinum toxin type A therapy, allergic reactions have been reported, though manufacturers seek to reassure all patients that this is a rare possibility.

What happens during the procedure?

Tiny amounts of the filler gel are gently placed in the skin using a very fine needle. There will be some discomfort, though most people are happy tolerate this low level as it is over a short period of time.

The procedure usually takes approximately 30 minutes per area, depending on the size – for example, the lips (outline and body) would be one area.

How will I look and feel straight after the procedure?

Redness normally settles within hours. There may be a tiny amount of bruising which can last between 2-3 days (on rare occasions up to a week) but this is normally easily camouflageable with make-up which can be applied from 6 hours after treatment.

How long does it last?

The time they last can vary but on average the effects may last somewhere between 6-12 months, depending on the specific filler used and the area of treatment. This can make this procedure a very cost-effective treatment, especially when compared to permanent surgery.

Lip Fillers

Lip filling uses the same products as Dermal Fillers but a different injection technique is used.

The filler is used to better define lips or to fill them out to increase the 'pout'. With today’s products it is possible to re-create a copy of a person’s lips 10 or 20 years younger. The injection can be used to not only increase lip size, but can actually reshape and redefine the lips. The aim is to make the lips more attractive and give back the youthful pout without the tell-tale sign of over-injection.

Are they safe?

The fillers used in the clinic are made by Restylane. They have a very good safety record and we ourselves have seen no serious side effects to date. In a similar way to Botox, the commonly used name for Botulinum toxin type A therapy, allergic reactions have been reported, though manufacturers seek to reassure all patients that this is a rare possibility.

What happens during the procedure?

Tiny amounts of the filler gel are gently placed in the skin using a very fine needle. Using fillers in the Lip area can be less comfortable than other areas. This is a minor problem as Jon uses his dental expertise to use local anaesthesia to numb the lips to make it pain-free.

The procedure usually takes approximately 30 minutes for the lips.

How will I look and feel straight after the procedure?

Lips are very particularly sensitive however, and some swelling would be expected for a few days. Please be aware of these effects when considering work and social engagements.

How long does it last?

The time they last can vary but on average the effects may last somewhere between 6-12 months, depending on the specific filler used and the area of treatment. This can make this procedure a very cost-effective treatment, especially when compared to permanent surgery.

Wrinkle Smoothing

Wrinkles can be smoothed or relaxed by injecting substances made containing Botulinum toxin type A. The most well-known brand name of these is Botox because this was the original version. Botulinum toxin works by reducing the effectiveness of the muscles that are causing those tell-tale wrinkles. In his clinic, Jon uses Azzalure by Galderma, a more modern derivative.

The most common treatment areas of the face are frown lines, crows' feet at the side of the eyes and the horizontal lines (surprise lines) that run across the forehead. The treatment will always be tailored to the individual but on the whole a more 'natural' look is achieved by the exact dosing of the injection to prevent a 'frozen' appearance. We can also use the treatment to prevent drooping of the eyebrows that are starting to become hooded with age.

Is it safe?

Treatments like Botox have been used for many years very safely in various medical conditions such as cerebral palsy and for about 20 years in cosmetic use. Side effects are very rare but allergic reactions and effects on other muscles to those being treated have been reported in the medical press. On the whole it has been proved to be a very safe and effective procedure.

How long does the treatment take to work?

The initial effects of treatment become visible within 48 to 72 hours. The maximum effect is reached in about 1 to 2 weeks. Your facial expression will become more relaxed but by no means mask-like. The overall result is very natural.

How long does the treatment last?

The effect of the treatment generally lasts for 3 to 4 months, though after a few repeat treatments this may increase to 6 months or even longer. Re-treatment is then required to maintain the effects to skin appearance.

What happens during the procedure?

A very fine needle is used to carefully place the product into the skin.

Is it painful?

It actually causes very little in the way of discomfort. A topical anaesthetic cream to numb the area is sometimes needed, but most people are happy and able to tolerate this low level sensation; usually just a slight pricking/stinging sensation is all that is felt.

How will I look and feel straight after the procedure?

Occasionally there may be some mild swelling or bruising and possibly a headache for up to an hour afterwards. However, the large majority will leave the clinic and immediately resume their normal daily routine. It is often referred to as a “lunchtime procedure” because people quite literally get it done in their lunchbreak and then go straight back to work.