As we age, the underlying tissues that keep our skin looking youthful and plumped up begin to breakdown naturally or due to other factors such as sun damage, smoking or poor diet, often leaving laugh lines, smile lines, crow’s feet or facial creases over the areas where movement occurs.

Dermal fillers are non-surgical cosmetic treatments used to bring a more youthful appearance by temporarily restoring volume or fullness to the face and lips. They work by reducing or eliminating lines, wrinkles and folds in the skin and the effect is seen immediately after treatment.

Various kinds of safe, natural and man-made materials are used as dermal fillers; these have been specifically developed over the years for use in the skin and are completely safe.

Two types are usually suggested for the face: semi-permanent and non-permanent. The semi-permanent type (e.g. Radiese and Sculptra) lasts up to 18 months. The non-permanent (Hydrafil, Restylene and Juvederm) last around 6 to 12 months, depending on the site and formulation.

A frequently asked question is related to the comfort of the treatment. A local anaesthetic cream can be used to make the treatment more comfortable. Areas near the mouth, such as lips will require a local anaesthetic.

The cost of such treatments varies but usually starts at around £240. The treatment will take 30 minutes or so and the results can be seen almost immediately. Adverse effects can arise. Slight bleeding, mild bruising and swelling are the most common and these will subside very quickly. These effects are related to the fact that you have had injections. If you have lip treatment the swelling may last 3 to 5 days. If you are prone to cold sores, dermal filler treatment in that area may cause them to break out again.

Whilst most people can benefit from this treatment, there are certain medications and conditions that preclude its use. Your clinician will go through the relevant medical history to make sure it is safe for you.

Like Botox treatments, this is a safe and popular cosmetic therapy that works very well in trained hands. It is growing in popularity in both male and female patients with fantastic and predictable results.