Whether you are looking for defined facial contours or softened facial lines, dermal fillers can offer you the flexibility to bring out the best in yourself.
Young skin is smooth and elastic and contains a large amount of hyaluronic acid that helps the skin look healthy. As we grow older, the ability of the skin to produce hyaluronic acid decreases and the amount of hyaluronic acid begins to fall. As hyaluronic acid helps to bind water, the ability of the skin to retain water also declines with age. As a result, the skin becomes drier, thinner and less able to restore itself. The loss of skin fullness also means that the skin becomes looser. This leads to wrinkling and the older appearance of the skin.
Dermal fillers are made from cross-linked hyaluronic acid of non-animal origin. It is injected into the skin in small amounts. The result is instant and gives a long-lasting and natural enhancement. Hyaluronic acid has the unique natural ability to absorb 1000 times its own weight in water.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar chain molecule found in all skin and soft tissues throughout the body. It attracts and binds water in the skin, providing volume and hydration, but also ‘cushioning’ and supporting collagen and elastin fibres and provides a medium for chemical messages between the cells.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural substance found inside the human body. It’s key properties are to keep the skin hydrated whilst adding plumpness. HA naturally breaks down in the body during metabolism and is then replaced. However as we get older and our metabolism slows down, replacement of HA is less often which results in less hydrated skin and less volume in the skin.
What are hyaluronic acid dermal fillers?
HA dermal fillers are clear, sterile gels that are injected into the skin to volumise, lift and improve the appearance of lines. HA dermal fillers are completely biodegradable. The results can last from 6-18 months, the product will be fully broken down by the body.
Dermal fillers are manufactured, usually through fermentation and cross linking to produce a clear, sterile gel for injection into the skin.
Leading and well established brands include:
Where can dermal fillers be used?
To correct or enhance facial contours; cheeks, temples, jawline, nose, chin.
To define, correct or enhance lips.
To soften and correct facial wrinkles or folds.
To restore lost volume in hands to reduce the appearance of veins and tendons.
To correct hollows under the eyes (tear troughs).
To improve the tone, texture and hydration of the skin.
Does it hurt?
Restylane dermal fillers contain the local anaesthetic Lidocaine to provide a numbing effect during the procedure. In addition at Cottage Clinic we apply a topical anaesthetic cream before treatment to numb the skin. The procedure may be uncomfortable but is not usually painful. Certain areas, such as the lips, are more sensitive.
0.5ml Syringe (0.5ml) £150
1st Syringe (1ml) £275
2nd Syringe (2ml) £300
Hyaluronidase Treatment (Filler Reversal/Dissolving) from £150