Enhancing your face with injectables is the contemporary approach to anti-ageing. Alongside a healthy lifestyle, eating a diet rich in superfoods to make your skin glow and a tailored skincare routine, dermal fillers have the potential to refresh, add volume lost through the ageing process and contour your face. New clients often ask us a question: ‘What face fillers do I need?’. In this beauty blog, our award-winning aesthetics artist and skilled practitioner, Amish Patel, shares his Harley Street expert advice.
Dermal fillers are used in the face to help correct facial volume loss and give a more youthful appearance to the face. As we age, we lose skin elasticity, volume and bone density. Dermal filler injections in the face to help smooth out deep wrinkles, fill facial lines, including smile lines, restore loss of volume and give a natural appearance. Most clients say dermal filler treatments are pain-free when topical numbing cream is applied, and they can instantly transform the face in just one lunchtime appointment. Facial fillers have a good safety record when injected correctly by an experienced practitioner and with a hyaluronic acid filler. Unlike cosmetic surgery, there is very little downtime post-procedure and less risk than undergoing surgery under anaesthetic.
There are many different dermal filler brands that vary in quality, safety record and results outcome. We are very selective about the brands we use in the clinic. We only work with brands with proven safety records and products we are familiar with for client safety and exceptional results.
Using face fillers with less than satisfactory reputations can lead to allergic reactions and poor results.
There are different types of dermal fillers used, including Poly-L-lactic acid and hyaluronic acid. As a medical practitioner, I only use the latter at the clinic because hyaluronic acid-based fillers work harmoniously with the body’s affinity with its natural hyaluronic acid. This results in less risk and better results.
Different filler consistencies are used in other areas of the face—these range in thickness. The type of filler used to inject into the lips would differ from the filler consistency we would use in the tear troughs or cheeks, for example. Using the wrong filler in the wrong area can give bad results, such as ‘trout pout’ or a strange facial appearance.
Choosing a qualified practitioner with exceptional knowledge of the product they are working with is paramount. Your aesthetic practitioner must also know facial anatomy, navigating their way expertly around the face with an exceptional understanding of blood vessels, veins and connective tissue.
While dermal filler treatments might not be a high-risk cosmetic procedure such as surgery, there are still potential risks, including lumps, bumps, facial asymmetry and even tissue death, so choose your aesthetics practitioner with care.
One of our most popular dermal filler options is lip fillers. Lip filler treatments range from tackling ‘smoker lines’ on the border of the lips, contouring the lips with dermal lip fillers or replenishing lost volume with lip enhancement.
Cheek filler treatments are very popular with clients who want cheek enhancement or to replace lost volume. Tear trough filler is popular for reducing hollowing or dark circles, which can lead to tired-looking eyes. Treating nose-to-mouth lines (nasolabial folds) and marionette lines (mouth-to-chin) can instantly take years off a client’s face.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a speciality of mine, and I have clients who travel further afield than Kent to come to me, travelling from Dubai and Scotland for this treatment. My liquid nose job treatments range from smoothing dorsal humps for a straighter profile to giving clients the popular Tinkerbell Nose Job with nose filler.
Rather than telling the client what dermal fillers they need, I ask them what their concerns are. This is essential information because it may change how we approach their injectable treatment. For example, you may be unhappy about your nose-to-mouth lines, but by applying a dermal filler treatment higher up in the face, such as in the cheeks and temples, we may be able to lift, smooth out those lines and re-volumise the face, giving overall benefit to the face.
The amount of filler we use will vary from client to client, so we always include a consolation before we proceed with any injectable procedure. I will always discuss their treatment with the client before we proceed with the medical procedure. As a respected clinic and specialist in Kent aesthetics, we specialise in natural-looking results and boosting our client’s confidence.