Dermal fillers: a worthy alternative to facial plastic surgery?

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When you think of facial plastic surgery, you think of things like brow lifts, eyelid surgery and facelifts.

However, these aren’t the only ways our team of plastic surgeons in Cairns can help you retain your youthful appearance!

Better yet, some of them don’t involve going under the knife at all.

More and more women are asking for dermal fillers – why is this type of facial procedure growing in popularity so rapidly?

And more importantly, are dermal fillers right for you?

How do dermal fillers work?

While you can hide some of the visible signs of ageing, wrinkles aren’t one of them.

Unfortunately, as we age, our skin loses collagen. The result is weak skin cells – this in turn causes your skin to lose its flex and elasticity.

In the face in particular, this can result in sagging, wrinkles, and other signs of ageing.

Dermal fillers are a method that many women (and some men) are turning to in order to reverse these signs of ageing.

Like the name suggests, dermal fillers “fill out” your face, filling in any wrinkles and restoring its plump and youthful appearance.  They replace collagen loss and restore lost volume.

The result is a smoother, younger-looking face.

Why dermal fillers instead of surgery?

You don’t need to go under the knife

Dermal fillers are injected directly into your face – no need to undergo surgery.

That usually means:

  • A faster procedure
  • A quicker recovery time
  • No visible scarring on your face

If you want a non-invasive procedure that won’t leave behind marks, then dermal fillers are just what you’re looking for!

Prior to injection, a local anaesthetic cream is applied to the skin, then a small amount of filler is injected into your facial skin using a fine needle.

Dermal fillers replace the collagen lost due to ageing. By filling your face back in, you’ll enjoy skin that once again feels and looks smooth, plump, and youthful.

Not just wrinkles – dermal fillers fill out your face too

The skin often loses its elasticity due to ageing. When skin loses elasticity, it can start to sag and form wrinkles and folds.

In addition to creating wrinkles however, collagen loss can also hollow out your face, leaving it feeling more hollowed-out and less “full” than it did before.

Other factors that contribute to loss of skin elasticity are:

  • Frequent sun exposure
  • Poor nutrition
  • Excessive weight loss
  • Smoking

While procedures like facelifts and brow lifts can smooth out wrinkles, they won’t replace collagen loss like dermal fillers do. While the wrinkles will be gone, you may not be able to restore the previous shape of your face.

Dermal fillers on the other hand replace collagen loss, not only getting rid of wrinkles but helping you keep your face looking the way it always has.

Dermal fillers are more versatile

The problem with procedures like facelifts is that it’s a whole face procedure.

Not that that’s an inherently bad thing, mind you – however, if you only want to target one specific part of your face, you might need a more tailored and precise procedure instead. 

Dermal fillers aren’t only used in the cheeks – depending on your situation, they can also be injected into the:

  • Mouth
  • Eyes
  • Lips
  • Eyebrow

Thanks to their precise nature, dermal fillers can be used almost anywhere in your face!

What you need to know about dermal fillers before calling a plastic surgeon in Cairns

Just like any other type of cosmetic procedure (be it plastic surgery or otherwise), there’s a lot to keep in mind before getting dermal fillers.

Are there any side effects after using dermal fillers?

After dermal filler injections, it is common for patients to feel swelling, redness and tenderness in the parts of their face where the procedure was performed.

Such reactions to fillers can range from slight to moderate – don’t worry, they usually disappear a couple of days after the procedure.

However, if you experience prolonged discomfort or are worried about recovery for any reason, don’t hesitate to reach out to Cairns Plastic Surgery for immediate support and advice.

dermal fillers before and after

Do dermal fillers hurt?

While there’s often a period of discomfort as you get used to your newly filled face, it’s quite rare for that discomfort to be accompanied by pain.

Additionally, the process itself is relatively pain-free – before getting to work, our team will apply anaesthetic cream to the injection spot, eliminating discomfort and pain you might experience during the injection.

Dermal fillers are NOT the same as Botox

You hear the word “filler”, and odds are Botox is the first thing that comes to mind.

Thanks to the similar sounding description, dermal fillers often get confused with other types of wrinkle injections like Botox.

While both are delivered by injection, the devil is in the details.

Botox prevents wrinkles by blocking nerve signals to targeted muscles.

The idea is that certain facial movements cause wrinkles – for example, smiling can make certain wrinkles like crow’s feet look worse. By “freezing” certain muscles, Botox is able to prevent movements that could lead to wrinkles.

By contrast, dermal fillers reduce wrinkles by filling in your face, are much more natural looking, and allow your facial muscles and skin to maintain natural movement.

Where can you get dermal fillers?

There are a lot of places that offer dermal fillers – for example, many beauty salons and spas offer it.

In our opinion however, the only place to go for dermal fillers is a qualified plastic surgeon!

The face is full of sensitive nerves and muscles. Not only that, but it’s your face we’re talking about – should anything go wrong, it’ll be impossible to cover up.

With such high stakes, it’s best to leave dermal fillers in the hands of a professional.

While there are many that can perform cosmetic procedures, the training period and accreditation required to practice as a plastic surgeon is far longer and more stringent than at establishments like beauty parlours.

We follow much stricter guidelines surrounding cleanliness, infection control and more – only by choosing a licensed plastic surgeon can you minimise your risk of infection or other complications.

Learn more about the difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon.

Got more questions about dermal fillers?

Call Cairns Plastic Surgery today!

While they may be more straightforward than other procedures, the choice to get dermal fillers are still a big decision to make.

That’s why Dr Isolde Hertess and the team at Cairns Plastic Surgery work hard to make you feel comfortable and fully informed about any skin, face, breast and body procedures, surgical or otherwise.

Our goal is to help you feel comfortable with the skin you’re in – and that starts by making sure you’re comfortable with the procedure.

If you want to know more about dermal fillers and other procedures will help you retain your youthful appearance, then call our friendly team on (07) 4031 5755 or fill in this form.

Alternatively, click here to see our dermal filler before and after photos.