What’s the best dermal fillers?
If you ever have a conversation with someone about dermal fillers, often that person suddenly becomes an expert, they may tell you that one product is the best, but the next person you talk to may say another one.
Research can often be a little confusing when it comes to certain dermal products; but the two products that are often talked about in the filler world are Juvederm and Restylane.
So what’s in dermal fillers?
Both Juvederm and Restylane are sterile gels consisting of non-animal, cross-linked, hyaluronic acid and are made in a lab.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural sugar found in the skin and over the years it has become a well-known anti-ageing must have. This miracle agent naturally occurs in connective tissues throughout our bodies, with 50 percent of it being found in our skin, it’s one of the major components of our extracellular matrix and has an important role in retaining moisture, as one molecule alone can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water.
The reason Hyaluronic based dermal fillers works so well is that once injected; the gel in the filler supports and shapes the tissues of the lips and skin, as well as:
Controlling the lip volume:
The amount of substance injected into the target area can be controlled so the doctor can create how much lip volume is needed.
Course of treatments:
If you’re new to dermal fillers, Juvederm or a Hyaluronic filler is ideal as you can start with a small dose such as 0.5ml, and if more is needed, you can easily go back to your doctor and have an extra dose until you reach your goal.
Bumps dissolve easily:
With many fillers, bumps can be the downfall, but with Juvederm any lumps and bumps created by movement of the lips can be dissolved easily.
Fewer side effects:
Compared to other dermal fillers, Juvederm offers less bruising and swelling. Also because hyaluronic acid are made from substances within the body they chances of an allergic reaction are highly unlikely.
Longer lasting results:
The results from Juvederm are long lasting, however not permanent. They usually last 6-12months compared to the 4- 6months, which other filler brands offer.
What to expect during the procedure:
Dermal fillers can be done on your lunch break, that’s how quick they are. When you book an appointment, you will have a consultation followed by treatment, the consultation aims to understand what results you want the dermal fillers to achieve, whether this is fuller lips, or no wrinkles.
Following this, an anaesthetic cream is applied on the target area; this cream numbs the area so you don’t feel the injection.
Once the area is numbed and tested, very fine needles are used to inject the dermal filler. Following the injections you will be able to review the treatment in the mirror, although there may be some swelling to begin with, ice may be given to ease any discomfort or swelling, however after the treatment no firm pressure should be applied to the treatment area.
What to avoid after treatment?
Post treatment you will notice the difference immediately. If you have had your lips injected, lipstick or lip products are best to be avoided the same goes for moisturisers if you have fillers in wrinkles.
While avoiding alcohol, hot places and drinking through a straw are strongly advised against until the swelling settles, in the long run, the best ways for long lasting results is to avoid dehydration. While hyaluronic acid fillers work by holding on to water, the chemical bonding process is very strong; it can result in faster absorption by the body.
How long will it last?
Even though Juvederm can last up to a year, the results can vary from person to person. Some people metabolise the product much quicker than others.
With lip fillers the treatment results often last for 6-9 months. And with facial injections, these can last up to 12months. A top up treatment can be done for longer lasting results.
It’s important when booking an appointment for dermal fillers that the person injecting you is experienced. You often hear horror stories from botox parties- these are to be avoided.
Another issue many people come across is going to a clinic where a nurse has recently trained and has very little experience.
At Laserlife clinic, we have a specially trained doctor that carries out the procedure.
How much do they cost?
In London, the average botox cost is around the £200 mark for 1 area, whereas the lip filler price is around £250.
At LaserLife our botox for 1 area is £190 and lip fillers is £195 for 0.5ml. Currently we have an offer of £150 for 0.5ml.
All our new patients will receive £25 off their first appointment.
We also offer a free botox top up after two weeks for maximum results.
When booking a consultation, there’s a fee of £50 to reserve the appointment, this is then deducted from the overall cost of the treatment, if we find you’re not medically suitable, it will then be refunded.
Learn more about Dermal Filler injections HERE. or go to our botox page listed under treatments.