Dermal fillers

Mr Chris Fenn, consultant plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon offers a range of non-surgical cosmetic treatments including dermal fillers such as Juvaderm® and Restylane®.

What are dermal fillers?

  • As we age, the collagen that provides structure and shape to our skin weakens. The loss of skin elasticity leads to the development of wrinkles, lines, crows- feet and sometimes deep grooves.
  • Dermal fillers are anti-ageing injections used to combat the loss of collagen by plumping out wrinkles and smoothing away fine lines.
  • Hyaluronic Acid fillers (Juvederm, Restylane) contain a natural ingredient (Hyaluronic Acid) that is found within the skin. When injected into a wrinkle, this material plumps up the skin, but is gradually removed by the body over time. As it is a natural material it leaves no residuum, however this means it does need topping up to maintain effect.

What are the benefits of dermal fillers?

Growing older affects us all differently and whilst some people accept wrinkles and lines as part of the natural ageing process, others feel unhappy with the way they look and this can have a negative impact on their self esteem. 

People who feel this way - and want to achieve a more youthful appearance without undergoing surgery - may benefit from dermal fillers. By softening and redefining the facial contours through this non-invasive treatment, they may find their self-confidence and sense of wellbeing are restored.

How do dermal fillers work?

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Before After

  • Unlike Botox which reduces the appearance of lines by temporarily blocking the nerve signals that cause the muscles to move, dermal fillers work by ‘filling out’ the lines, wrinkles, grooves, furrows or acne pits. It works particularly well around the mouth, nose and eyes.
  • In addition, dermal fillers can be injected into the lips to add further volume and create a more pronounced ‘pout.’
  • We would recommend the use of filler products that gradually reabsorb to leave no residual particles, particularly if used under skin wrinkles. The fillers containing Hyaluronic Acid (Juvederm & Restylane) gradually absorb over 6-8 months. Whilst the tissue is able to return to normal repeat injections are needed to maintain the effect.

Are they administered in an out-patient setting?

Yes dermal fillers are usually administered by Mr Fenn during an out-patient appointment. Using a fine needle, the filler is injected into the skin beneath the targeted wrinkle.

Treatment takes 20-30 minutes depending on the number of areas to be treated. The results can generally be seen immediately and can last between 6-12 months.

Are there any side effects?

During your consultation, Mr Fenn will ask you about your medical history and will discuss the potential side effects before you decide to go ahead with the injection/s. 

It is usual to have a little redness and swelling just after the treatment but this tends to settle down after a few hours.Following filler injection massage of the injection sites can help smooth out the filler and reduce irregular lumps.

Are dermal fillers safe?

Dermal fillers are generally considered to be safe – however it is important to remember that it is a medical treatment which should only be provided by qualified clinicians in a medical setting.

What is the recovery time?

There is virtually no recovery time after treatment and normal activities can be resumed straight away. There can be some local swelling, even bruising, that can take a few days to settle. Bruising can be ‘hidden’ with makeup.

How much do dermal fillers cost?

To find out the cost of dermal fillers, contact Claire Herbert, Mr Fenn’s secretary on 0113 218 5971, email Claire.herbert@spirehealthcare.com or complete an online enquiry form.

How do I find out more about dermal fillers?

For further information about dermal fillers or to book a consultation with Mr Chris Fenn, call his secretary, Claire Herbert on 0113 218 5971, email Claire.herbert@spirehealthcare.com or complete an online enquiry form.

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