How does dermal filler work?

As mentioned, Botulinum Toxin can take some time to work through the muscle to have the desired effect, whereas with dermal filler there is an instant result. Dermal filler contains a substance called hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is actually a natural substance found in our bodies.

The hyaluronic acid in filler is man-made but is very similar, so your body will recognise the substance as your own.

Another difference between Botox and dermal filler is that dermal filler comes in different thicknesses and lifting capacities.

“You could have a lifting filler; which holds the area up like a tent pole, a volumizing filler; which is more like a dome, with a softer graduation, and then there are more syrupy fillers for fine superficial lines. There are also different methods when injecting filler. We use filler directly and indirectly.” We’ll go into more detail about these different types and methods below.

What is dermal filler commonly used for?

Dermal filler is commonly used in the lower face but can be used across the whole face depending on the result you would like to achieve.

Direct approach

The direct approach to dermal fillers is simply treating directly into that line you can see. This is the traditional approach to filler and is ideal for clients looking for an instant result.

Indirect approach

The indirect approach to using dermal fillers can be equally, if not more, effective when conducted by someone with extensive anatomical knowledge. As we age, ligaments become morelax on the cheekbones, and the fat pads in the cheeks separate and drop. This causes the troughs in the skin, laxity and jowls. We also lose fatty tissue as we age, resulting in loose skin. The indirect approach helps bring structure and support to your face by lifting tissue along the cheekbones or jaw. By adding structure, we reduce the mid-face lines indirectly.

In addition to these areas, dermal filler can also be used to fill lips that have either become thinner or less plump due to ageing or if a client feels they would like to enhance the fullness and shape of their lips for aesthetic purposes. It can also be used to build the chin back up to its original shape after teeth removal or gum recession.

More recently, dermal fillers have also been used as a skin booster. The clinician injects a watery filler in droplets under the surface of the skin in a grid pattern. This improves the texture of the skin and increases hydration and plumpness. We can carry out this treatment on the hands, cheeks and around the eyes.

One of the most underrated uses of dermal filler is to reduce the appearance of scarring due to injury.

What are dermal filler side effects?

Dermal fillers are considered safe, but there are more things to consider than with Botox. This is because of where the filler is being injected. There are blood vessels and nerves in the areas being treated, and it is very important to know where these are and how best to avoid them. It is so important to be in the best hands with this treatment, and someone who knows their anatomy is crucial as any complications must be managed carefully.

One difference between dermal fillers and Botox is that dermal fillers last longer. Therefore, it’s essential that the person treating you is fully-qualified otherwise you could be left with a problem, or results you are not happy with. However, dermal fillers can be dissolved with an enzyme, so corrective treatments can be made if necessary.

Minor side-effects include redness, bruising or some swelling but these symptoms will settle after a while.

How much does dermal filler cost?

Similarly to Botox, dermal filler costs vary, based on the experience and qualifications of the treatment provider, but also on the brands of filler being used. At RegainX we use Juvéderm and Restylane for Dermal Fillers & Lip Fillers as we feel they deliver the best results, but there are many other brands out there including Captique, Esthélis, Elevess, Hylaform, Perlane, Prevelle and Puragen.

Aesthetic Dermal Filler Treatments

Botox treatments can vary in price, depending on where you are in the country and the level of Professional carrying out the treatment. Most commonly, treatments are provided by a Doctor, Dentist or Nurse with prescribing experience. Beauty Therapists can administer Botox if a Healthcare Professional prescribes for them. .

Some minor side effects could be bruising or swelling around the area, but this will subside after a few days. After the treatment, some people may feel a mild headache the evening of the treatment, especially if they have had a lot of injections, but again this will subside.

Our prices are as follows:

Aesthetic Anti-Wrinkle Treatments
  • £240 0.5ml
  • £320 1.0ml
  • £490 2.0ml
  • £660 3.0ml
  • £830 4.0ml

What we offer at Regainx

We offer a range of solutions to suit your individual needs and budget.