Dermal Fillers


Dermal fillers are a huge favourite at our Clinic . Seeing instant results is wonderful – and there’s very little downtime, so you can walk straight out feeling and looking refreshed.


We pay special attention to lips, restoring any lost volume and subtly enhancing their shape to ensure you always look your best.


Under-eye bags or hollows can make you look tired and gaunt. The good news is we can carefully disguise these delicate areas with a super-light hyaluronic acid filler.


With deep contour work in the cheeks, jawline and chin, dermal fillers can shape and add volume to your face. We can also use fillers around the hairline to lift the crown and subtly raise the brows.


Dermal fillers can also be used to improve skin quality and texture in the face, necklace line and décolletage. Also fill lines around your mouth and nose called smoker lines, marionette lines and nasolabial folds.

How do dermal fillers work?

Dermal fillers have several modes of action:

  • Revolumising areas of the face which have lost volume as part of the ageing process. As we get older, the bone of the skull shrinks and the fat compartments in the face also shrink which means that the skin can appear loose and saggy due to the lack of support.
  • Improving the skin quality because dermal fillers act as biostimulators for collagen which makes the skin appear more luminous and healthier.

Some types of dermal filler hold water in the skin meaning it appears more hydrated and smoother.

What areas of the face can be treated?

Pretty much any area can be treated using dermal fillers. From improving the skin quality and texture, to hollowness above and below the eyes, to lip enhancement – the list goes on and on… As part of our commitment to always advise you of the best options, there are some areas we prefer not to treat as they are better treated surgically. Hyaluronic acid fillers are also used in the breast and buttocks in some countries. Hands, neck and décolletage are also popular.

Is there anything that can’t be treated?

Dermal fillers are a really versatile treatment and can be used in many different situations. They do have their limitations though, and if a more drastic change is required, or the amount of change necessary is not possible, then surgery may be advised as an alternative. We often prefer to keep results as natural as possible.. In the case of a patient requiring surgery, non-surgical techniques can be employed later to keep the skin looking at its optimum best, and to maintain and enhance surgical results.

How can I get ready for the procedure?

It’s helpful if you don’t wear any makeup when you come in for the procedure in order to reduce the risk of infection – but don’t worry, we can take it off for you. If you’re prone to bruising, you may want to take some arnica before and after treatment. If you have an important event coming up, you should schedule your treatment carefully, so you have an appropriate amount of time between the procedure and your event. In the case of those who suffer from cold sores, please inform your doctor, as you may need to take an anti-viral tablet prior to lip injections. Please make sure you eat and drink before your appointment. You also need to advise us of any medical health issues / prescribed medications as this may affect your suitability for treatment

How can I avoid bruising?

If you are prone to bruising, you may wish to use arnica or bromelain to help reduce any bruising. For areas such as the crow’s feet and neck, where there may be a large number of small veins, we use a small device to help us visualise these veins through the skin more easily. Most people will experience either no bruising (or a very small amount), which can easily be covered with makeup.

Does it hurt?

No treatment is completely pain-free; however, we always do all we can to minimise discomfort. This might involve the use of extremely fine needles, which are specially selected for the specific treatment performed, or the use of a cannula where appropriate to do so, which allows a wider area to be treated from one insertion point. We also use topical anaesthetic where appropriate, and occasionally we inject local anaesthetic. It’s important to remember that the way the tissues are handled also has a bearing on how painful the procedure is, and also how much post-procedure swelling there will be. There are lots of procedural tips and tricks we use, which come with experience, so you can rest assured that you are in safe hands at DermaUnique Clinic.

Can I put makeup on after?

Please don’t put your regular makeup on until the day after the procedure, to minimise the risk of infection.

When does it start to work?

You’ll have a good idea of how the finished treatment is going to look immediately after the procedure. However, for the best results, please wait three to four weeks until all remaining swelling has dissipated.

Does it swell up?

Whenever you have a procedure, there will be a degree of swelling afterwards, due to the body’s reaction to the treatment. The amount of swelling will depend on the area treated. Lips, for example, tend to swell more than the rest of the face. Sometimes, when the under-eye is treated, this can also become puffy for a while. The swelling is normally mild and resolves over a one to two week period, although it will depend on our individual response to a particular treatment.

Can I have this treatment whilst pregnant or breastfeeding?

This treatment is not approved for use during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding.

How often can I have dermal fillers and how long does it last ?

This is a tricky question, as it depends on what you’re trying to achieve with your look, and what your starting point is. As a rule of thumb, most hyaluronic acid dermal fillers will last anywhere from 6-18 months, but as they wear off slowly, you can have additional treatment on an ongoing basis during this time period. If you want more treatment, you can have this at any point after the original treatment has been done, as long as there is no swelling remaining in the area to be treated. The filler will wear off in some areas more quickly than others; for example, you’ll typically see it doesn’t last as long in the lips as it does in the chin.

Everyone is different and everyone’s results differ. Sometimes after your first sitting or if you didn’t have a top up for a long time you will lose your volume once swelling has gone down, this is because the filler beds down and creates a layer and initial swell subsides, it doesn’t mean your filler has gone. Sometimes it means you’re not hydrated enough. Filler simply hyaluronic acid love to attract water. Also your metabolism, health and underlying health issues (if you have any) may play a role. If your wanting fuller look or more height you have to build up gradually over a 2-3 appointments, once you have achieved the desired fullness a top up will be required every 8-12 months depending on how fast your body breaks it.

Can I reverse the treatment?

If hyaluronic acid dermal fillers need to be removed for any reason, it is possible to do this with an enzyme called hyaluronidase. This breaks down the filler in a fairly short space of time. Other products such as Radiesse, Ellanse and Sculptra are not removable.

What can go wrong?

While complications are rare, they can and do happen. This can range from a bruise or swelling that lasts a little longer than anticipated, to asymmetry in the face, to more serious issues like allergy, infection, vessel occlusion and retinal artery occlusion. Thankfully, these more serious complications are extremely rare. Also we are trained to quickly treat these more serious complications.

Should I have dermal filler or anti-wrinkle therapy?

Generally speaking, these two treatments deliver different yet complementary outcomes. Dermal fillers are used when there is volume loss in the face, or when augmenting a particular feature – for example, a lip augmentation, as lips cannot be made larger using wrinkle relaxation. There are times when volume loss may not be obvious – such as when treating the forehead lines; sometimes there will be loss of fat and bone in this region, which means that for the best result it should also be filled as using wrinkle relaxation. Each individual is assessed on a case-by-case basis. It is also appropriate to use dermal fillers when performing skin improvement although, as an exception, wrinkle relaxation is used as part of a mesotherapy treatment to reduce sebum production. Dermal fillers have many applications, and we will talk you through all the options during your appointment.


Hyaluronic acid fillers are contraindicated in patient’s with active autoimmune diseases including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, mixed connective tissue disease and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.  Fillers are also contraindicated in people with a history of multiple, severe allergies and a history of anaphylaxis. Fillers cannot be used if there is a history of bee/wasp sting allergy. Fillers are also contraindicated there is a history of recent or current infections including urinary tract infection, sinus infection, skin infection, GI tract infection and oral cavity infection (dental abscess etc.).  If you are on antibiotics you should not be having HA filler injections. Other contradictions are but not limited to :

  • pregnancy;
  • breast-feeding;
  • diabetes
  • active cancer or chemotherapy
  • severe somatic symptom disorders;
  • acute conditions of chronic diseases;
  • local inflammation;
  • dermatological diseases in the injection area;
  • problems with the functioning of the immune system;
  • tendency to have allergic reactions;
  • individual intolerance to the components of the drug;
  • the likelihood of scar formation;
  • previous introduction of another gel into the injection area;
  • infectious diseases;
  • skin peels done less than a month before the procedure.
  • any dermal filler treatment done elsewhere less than 12 weeks

In other cases, prior to the procedure, it is recommended to consult a competent doctor who will advise you in which cases the procedure can be carried out if you have any health issues.

Anything else I need to know?

Please note that you are paying for the treatment only and no guarantee is made of any outcome. Refunds cannot be given under any circumstances, as the product has been used and the service has been delivered.

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