If you associate fillers with puffed-up pillow faces then it's time to think again. Today's state-of-the-art fillers and advanced techniques are safer and more effective than ever before. Done correctly, the treatment is quick and painless with immediate results, which can last for up to 18 months. If you’ve always been curious about fillers, there’s never been a better time to try them!
What are fillers?
Fillers come in gel form and are made from synthesised hyaluronic acid - they are exact replicas of the natural sugars that plump up our skin, which gradually decrease with age. This means that there’s virtually no chance of experiencing an allergic reaction, and I use gels that can be immediately dissolved if you’re not happy with results. The clear gels that I use vary in consistency depending on where they are used. My aim is to use the smallest amount of gel possible to achieve the best result, but more can be added if required.
What can be achieved with fillers?
Fillers can reverse what happens to your face as part of the natural ageing process. Over time, we start to lose definition around the cheekbones as bone is absorbed and muscles begin to shrink. Wrinkles, expression lines and sagging skin can also be corrected with fillers, and thinner gels can be used to enhance lips. In the past fillers were used mainly to fill in wrinkles, which sometimes created that puffy look. Today, they are more likely to be used to lift, sculpt and firm the skin. This means that you can expect defined cheekbones, a sharper jawline, improved skin tone and a subtle lift at the sides of the mouth.
What's a 'non-surgical face lift'?
This is an innovative technique called 'The 8 Point Lift', which was developed by Brazilian plastic surgeon Dr Mauricio de Maio. It involves injecting small amount of filler at eight points on each side of the face. The main areas of treatment are three points along the cheekbones, along the nasal-labial folds which run between the nose and the mouth, underneath the bottom lip, along the jaw line and at the front of the ear. It gives the same results as a gentle face lift: cheekbones are lifted, hollows under the eyes are reduced, and lines from the nose to the mouth are corrected. The procedure repairs the damage caused by gravity, improves facial contours and smooths out sagging skin. It's designed to follow the structure of the face and can be tailored to address your specific concerns, which means that it looks completely natural.
Does it hurt?
No. You might feel tender for a day or two afterwards, and you may notice a tiny bruises, but there's anaesthetic in the liquid itself so you shouldn't find it painful.