Facial Fillers, Cardiff

Everything you need to know 
When we age, the amount of collagen, elastin tissue and hyaluronic acid decreases, leading to a loss of volume and therefore the appearance of lines. This is can be sped up with certain lifestyle factors such as exposure to sunlight and smoking.  A great way of reducing these lines and increase volume in certain areas,  is to use injectable facial fillers. Also some fillers have been proven to restart your own natural collagen production, literally giving you younger, fresher skin!

What areas can be treated?

Facial fillers can be used to increase volume and shape, as well as smooth out skin on the face.  The commonest areas that I treat are the nasolabial folds (nose to mouth), marionette lines (below the mouth to the jawline) and lips.
There are different fillers used depending on the area to be treated, and the volume of filler needed to treat an area.

How does it work?

Using a tiny needle, the filler is injected just below the skin. The filler will immediately provide volume and therefore an instant result is seen. The skin will look plumper, smoother and therefore younger.
Fillers can be natural or synthetic, and are biodegradable gels. Therefore over time they will gradually disperse, and provide a safe and very natural way of reducing lines.

What can I expect after treatment?

The treatment takes approximately 30-45 minutes to administer. Topical anaesthetic is applied 30 minutes prior to treatment in order to numb the skin. The filler is then applied through several careful injections in the treatment area.
The results appear immediately, and will last from 6 months to 12 months depending on the filler used. Some newer fillers can last between 12-18 months. Over this time the body will slowly break down the product.

Are Dermal Fillers Safe?

There are many products available on the market, and some practitioners have no medical qualifications.  Therefore I would always recommend knowing who is injecting your skin and what they are using!  In my hands I only use facial fillers with a proven track record with well known brand names (Juvederm).
Treatment should be avoided in those that are pregnant or breat feeding, and if any skin infections are present in the area such as acne or cold sores.

Does it hurt?

Certain areas of the face are more sensitive than others  – any discomfort is very temporary , and obviously minimised by using local anaesthetic cream immediately before treatment.

Are there side effects?

If they do occur, they are temporary. The commonest is some slight bruising and swelling at injection sites.

Why is there such a variation in price of fillers?

There is a price different depending on the type of filler and the amount. Filler comes in volumes from 0.5mls upwards, and  the longer lasting fillers are slightly more expensive. Just ask for a consultation and I can give you a more accurate idea of price!