Dermal Fillers

Give volume to the face and improve skin quality

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are a very popular treatment for the face. Dermal fillers are injected into areas of the face to effectively reduce the appearance of unwanted fine lines and wrinkles as well as to contour and create volume to the face. Dermal fillers can be used to treat ageing concerns, resolve asymmetry or create other changes such as a more masculine jawline which is popular with male patients of all ages. 

Dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid which is a natural substance found in the fluids in the eyes and joints.

At Berkshire Aesthetics we only use the leader dermal filler brands. Our practitioners utilize the full range of Teoxane filler products as well as select other products from the Juvederm and Maili ranges. This ensures we are able to offer our patients the best possible results and never compromise on treatment outcomes or safety.

Why are there so many fillers options?

Dermal fillers can be used for a variety of aesthetic concerns. From fine lines to restoring lost volume or correcting deficiencies, there is a dermal filler product specially designed for it. 

For example, the Teosyal RHA range from Teoxane has four products which for fine lines are stretchier while the products used for volume correct are stronger.

How does the practitioner choose the right filler for me?

All leading filler products provide data on the rheology of a product which is how a product moves and flows. Dermal fillers key metrics are stretch and strength. The stretch is move much movement the fillers has and is used in areas of the face which are dynamic or which require the product to move in harmony with the face. The strength of a filler refers to how well it maintains its shape. The stronger fillers will be used in areas where volume has been lost, where more definition is needed or where asymmetry is a concern. 

Why should you look for when choosing someone to inject filler?

At present, there is very little regulation to protect consumers. Filler products are manufactured by leading global pharmaceutical companies as well as a high number of companies with limited or no scientific or medical background. It is important therefore to find a clinic that uses only leading products from companies such as Teoxane, Allergan, or Sinclair.

Importantly, access to leading products is not restricted to medical practitioners, and although a clinic may offer the best possible products the person injecting the product might not have any medical training. 

At Berkshire Aesthetics our practitioners are GMC-registered medical doctors, the clinic is registered with the CQC and we have in place extensive training and safety protocols. 

Please be aware that claims made by clinics on their website are rarely verified by any authority and it is up to you to ensure you do appropriate research. Dr Langdon is a Key Opinion Leader for the JCCP and has lobbied the government for many years regarding the regulation of aesthetics. Until these regulations are in place, however, please take care as there are few protections in place when things go wrong if you choose an unregulated clinic.

Why Berkshire Aesthetics?

Dr Langdon is a Country Expert for Teoxane which means she has the responsibility for training doctors who are new to aesthetics or more advanced injectors who are moving from other products.

Dr Paris is dual qualified as a dentist and a doctor and is also a trainer working for Cosmetic Courses. In her training role, she oversees the training of new doctors from across the country.

What do our patients love?

Dr Langdon is a Country Expert for the Swiss filler manufacturer Teoxane. Our patients love they are treated by a leading expert in dermal filler use who can deliver exceptional results based on anatomical knowledge gained from many years working in Plastic surgery in the NHS

Dr Paris is dual qualified in medicine and dentistry and worked in the NHS in facial surgery. As a team, they share best practices and combine cutting-edge skills with a caring and compassionate manner. 

Both Dr Langdon and Dr Paris are considered to be amongst the best injectors in the country. 

Who are dermal fillers it for?

Dermal fillers can be used to treat ageing concerns such as fine lines or wrinkles, as well as volume lose and asymmetry. Dermal fillers are also very popular with male patients who want to achieve more masculine features such as a defined jawline. Our female patients love fillers and the ability to restore lost volume be it to the mid-face (defining the cheeks), lips or eye area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dermal fillers can help with a variety of skin conditions, including:

– Fine lines and wrinkles
– Nose re-shape (Non-surgical Rhinoplasty)
– Loss of volume in the cheeks
– Hollow temples
– Hollowness under the eyes
– Undefined jawline
– Creases between eyebrows
– Thin lips
– Chin augmentation.

Dermal fillers can help with a variety of skin conditions, including:

– Fine lines and wrinkles
– Nose re-shape (Non-surgical Rhinoplasty)
– Loss of volume in the cheeks
– Hollow temples
– Hollowness under the eyes
– Undefined jawline
– Creases between eyebrows
– Thin lips
– Chin augmentation.

Dermal fillers work by injecting a gel-like substance containing hyaluronic acid into the skin to redefine and to sculpt facial contours as well as to provide deep hydration and to replace volume we lose as we age. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance which is found within our bodies.

Dermal fillers are for anyone looking for a solution for volume loss, create more definition, treat asymmetry or contour their face.

Depending on the number of areas treated, the procedure can take anywhere from 20 minutes and one hour.

Dermal fillers are in the most part relatively painless, particularly with Teoxane products as they include lidocaine (an anesthetic with a numbing effect which is used to block pain). For more sensitive areas such as the lips additional pain relief measures can be taken. 

Dermal filler treatment can be completed in one sitting. However, for those seeking more of a transformational result it is recommended the treatment is completed over a number of sessions to ensure the best possible outcomes are achieved.

Prior Dermal fillers we advise that patients should do the following:

– Avoid wearing make-up/ fake tan to your appointment
– Avoid excessive sun exposure for four weeks prior to treatment
– Avoid using Retinol and active creams 48hrs prior to treatment
– Avoid abrasive treatments such as laser, waxing and chemical peels 2 weeks prior to treatment

Yes, dermal fillers are extremely safe when performed by a qualified and registered medical professional with strong knowledge of facial anatomy. At Berkshire Aesthetics you will be treated by Dr Selena Langdon who is very well regarded as one of the country’s leading injectors as evidenced by her role as a Country Expert for Teoxane. 

The recovery time post dermal filler varies for each patient and for the type of filler injected. The most common side effects include bruising, swelling and redness which will resolve after a few days to a week. You can usually resume most activities immediately after the procedure but it is recommended that you avoid intense physical activities for the first 48 hours to minimise swelling, bruising and the chance of the filler migrating.

The most common side effects of fillers are redness, swelling, bruising and infection. There can be significant complications if the injector does not have a good knowledge of facial anatomy. It is important that you only allow registered medical professionals to perform your filler treatment, ensuring they are appropriately qualified and trained in the procedure. Serious risks can include anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction), granuloma formation, migration of the product, tissue necrosis (death of the skin) and blindness.

You will see an immediate change following treatments but will improve over the following weeks as the filler settles. 

Usually you can return to your normal activities immediately after Dermal fillers, however the following is advised to minimise the risk of side effects:

– Avoid significant movement, massage, or compression of the treated area for a minimum of 48 hours 
– Avoid sun exposure and excessive heat for one week
– Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours 
– Avoid consuming alcohol for 24 hours
– Avoid blood thinning medication (Aspirin, ibuprofen) for 48 hours post treatment 

Great combination treatments with dermal fillers

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Injectable Treatments
Botox/Dermal fillers/Profhilo delivered prior to or after the M22 treatment (timing varies depending on the products used).
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