Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers

… rejuvenation without surgery!

 

Facial Wrinkles & Furrows

Restore Lost Facial Fullness

Skin Depressions

Acne Scars

Create Fuller Lips

Enhance Facial Features

Currently, for patients, there is a perplexing array of Australian Government-approved Dermal Fillers on the market.  Some are better and safer than others and accordingly, it is important you choose one that has a ‘track-record’ of being safe and long-lasting.

One major concern in this highly competitive market is that patients are being injected with cheap, illegally imported, non-TGA-approved counterfeit Dermal Fillers.

These ‘counterfeit injectable’ often contain impurities which can cause serious reactions, infections and other complications.

The difficulty for patients is that the packaging may look so similar to the genuine article that on a casual inspection it is impossible to pick the ‘fake’!

Accordingly, for your safety, always:

  • Choose a reputable clinic and experienced Cosmetic Physician.
  • Do not be afraid to ask how long they have been injecting fillers.
  • Ensure the product being offered to you is TGA-approved. Ask to see the packaging of the Dermal Filler prior to any treatment.
  • Be very cautious about very cheap injectable ‘deals’ as they may reflect a product not approved by TGA.

  

Commonly used areas for Dermal Fillers?

Facial wrinkles, furrows and ‘hollows’ from ageing or weight loss

Facial features such as cheekbones and chins

Depressed injury scars or surgical scars

Acne Scars

Non-surgical Rhinoplasty to camouflage nasal deformities

Lip Augmentation to add volume and definition

How long will the correction last?

This will vary depending on the individual, the brand and specific form of the Dermal Filler used and where it is injected.  Our doctor will advise you as to how long the correction should last once he has assessed your face and you have chosen your Dermal Filler.

How is it done?

A treatment takes about 20-30 minutes depending on what needs to be done and how many syringes are used.  The Dermal Fillers we use does not contain a local anaesthetic, we still recommend a ‘nerve block’ for the more sensitive areas such as lips in order to make your treatment pain-free.

Very importantly, for some applications, we may prefer to inject the filler with a cannula as opposed to a needle.  Needles have sharp points but a cannula has a blunt round tip which virtually eliminates the risk of bruising!  This technique is useful in Lip Augmentations with the lips being so richly supplied with blood vessels. By using a specially imported cannula instead of a needle, creating beautiful lips and fill cheeks without any bruising or lumpiness!

Immediately after treatment, you may have some minimal and temporary swelling of the injected area due to the Dermal Filler’s ‘hydrophilic’ nature of attracting water to itself from the adjacent tissues.  However, this is always minimal and usually settles within 72 hours.

 

CONSUMER AWARENESS GUIDE

Facial Enhancements with Dermal Fillers is a huge growth industry.  As such, more and more doctors and an increasing number of nurses are entering the field.  So, before you decide who will inject your Dermal Filler, consider each of the following:

  • The experience of the injector is paramount:

Anyone can inject a filler under the skin but it is knowledge and experience that gives the practitioner the right ‘feel’ of precisely how much and how deep the filler needs to be deposited.  Do not be afraid to ask how long the practitioner has been injecting Dermal Fillers.

  • An increasing number of Nurses are injecting Dermal Fillers.

Dermal Fillers are classified by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration as S4 Products and accordinglyIT IS ILLEGAL FOR A NURSE TO INJECT DERMAL FILLERS UNLESS YOU HAVE FIRST HAD A FACE-TO-FACE CONSULTATION WITH THE DOCTOR OF THAT CLINIC. Skype consultations do not allow a proper assessment of your face and are not an acceptable substitute for a face-to-face consultation.  For these reasons, the Government is currently reviewing the legislation in relation to Nurse Injectors using Skype consultations with a doctor to circumvent the regulations.

  • Making your treatments more comfortable: 

Please note that Nurses are not permitted by law to administer Local Anaesthetic ‘Blocks’.  Without a Local Anaesthetic Block, your treatment could prove quite painful.  Some nurses apply EMLA cream as an alternative to a ‘block’ but it’s never as effective.

  • Don’t choose purely on price and end up choosing the cheapest quote.

Experienced Cosmetic Physicians may charge slightly more but this is usually a reflection of their skill and experience.  And it is the skill and experience that sets one result apart from another!

  • Make sure the Dermal Filler you are about to be injected with is TGA Approved.

There have been many reports and warnings about complications from cheap, counterfeit Dermal Fillers illegally imported from overseas.  The packaging may suggest that the Filler is genuine but if it is a just a clever copy, the counterfeit Filler could contain impurities capable of causing serious complications.  The safest approach is to only go to reputable clinics and not be tempted by cheap injectable ‘deals which could reflect a product not approved by TGA and therefore unsafe.