Face Fillers

What are face fillers?

Face fillers (also known as skin fillers) are injectable gels that can add volume to your skin and lips with natural looking results.

Eastern Suburbs Dermatology uses a range of dermal fillers which naturally exists in your skin, the product comes as a smooth injectable gel and is placed below the skin’s surface to literally ‘fill in’ or ‘plump up’ static facial wrinkles and folds that are present at rest, creating a natural and more refreshed facial appearance.

The face fillers used at Eastern Suburbs Dermatology are now formulated with an anaesthetic, thus increasing comfort during the procedure. It is available in a range of different concentrations – the filler selected is determined by the area to be volumised or filled. In general where the area to be corrected is superficial a less dense filler is used compared to deeper areas.

How face fillers are used

The dermal filler substances used are a sterile pyrogen-free, physiological solution of tissue ground substance which is not of animal origin. The gel is presented in a graduated pre-filled disposable syringe. This is an injectable implant used for filling any medium-sized depression of the skin via mid-dermis injection, as well as lip definition and pouting of lips.

Face fillers should not be used simultaneously with:

Where a superficial acid peel has caused a significant inflammatory response – filler injection should be delayed until the skin has recovered.

How long does it last?

Over time, the injectable gel is gradually and naturally degraded in the human body. The effect of skin fillers for superficial correction generally lasts for at least six months and in many circumstances longer (denser fillers can remain for well over 12 months).  Follow-up treatments are needed to maintain the effects of skin fillers.

Common side effects of face fillers

Common side effects associated with the use of face filler treatment are:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Itching sensations in the treated area.

These usually resolve within a few days. Occasional cases of bumps and pimples sometimes accompanied by redness may occur a few days to a few weeks after the injection. These common side effects are temporary and generally disappear spontaneously in a few days.

Advice for use of face fillers

Make up should not be applied after the injection. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight, UV light and freezing temperatures or using saunas or steam rooms for two weeks after the injection. Avoid massaging and/or putting pressure on the injection site for a few days following treatment.

When skin fillers should not be used:

  • During pregnancy
  • In breastfeeding females
  • In patients under 18 years.

Please notify your doctor if you have epilepsy, porphyria (a biochemical enzyme disorder), any allergies to medications or supplements, an autoimmune disease, a tendency to develop keloid scarring or are taking any medications (including anti-coagulant treatment such as aspirin), herbal or vitamin supplements.

Medicare claims

Filler injections are a cosmetic treatment (GST is payable). The cost of these injections is based on the number of syringes needed to treat any area. Please ask your doctor for the exact fee before proceeding.

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