7 things you NEED to know about dermal fillers

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No-one is immune from ageing. 

That said, that doesn’t mean that looking older can’t be delayed!

Facial masks, electric facial devices and lifting creams are readily available in the market and can help keep your facial skin looking plump, young, and healthy.

However, there’s another option that can help you maintain the shape of your cheeks and face: dermal fillers.

Called so because it involves injecting directly into the dermis (the deeper layer of your skin), if you’re looking for a non-invasive procedure that doesn’t leave any scars, then dermal fillers are right for you!

Of course, as with anything regarding your face and skin, it’s crucial that you understand what the process involves exactly.

If you’re in Cairns for cosmetic surgery and want to learn how this technique can lessen the effects of the ageing process without having to put your face under the knife, you’ve come to the right place.

Our mission is to make the experience as pleasant as possible – and that starts by ensuring you know exactly what’s involved in this popular treatment.

7 common questions about dermal fillers

Question #1: Do dermal fillers get rid of wrinkles?


If all you wanted to know is whether or not it works, you can safely skip to the next question. If you want to know how it works however, stick around!

The main reason your skin gets wrinkles as you age, starts to sag and loses its youthful glow is because of one thing: collagen.

Or more specifically, the lack of it!

Collagen is what gives your skin its elasticity – in short, it’s what keeps you looking youthful. 

As you age, your body naturally starts producing less of the stuff, resulting in thinner skin, and as a result, fine lines, creases, and wrinkles. 

Dermal fillers compensate for the loss of collagen as a result of ageing, helping keep your skin smooth and soft:

  • Lips
  • Mouth
  • Eyes
  • Eyebrows
  • Cheeks
  • Forehead

Question #2: Do fillers ruin your face?

Only if the procedure is performed poorly!

We’ve all seen pictures of awful-looking botox injections. However, your dermal fillers won’t look like that for three reasons:

  1. Dermal fillers offer a much more natural appearance
  2. The ones you notice are the botched jobs
  3. The client has gone overboard with fillers

Just like any other cosmetic procedure, the vast majority of the time dermal fillers look completely seamless. It’s only when the job isn’t done well that it becomes obvious.

Oftentimes, it’s because the client has gone overboard with the fillers.

In our opinion, dermal fillers are at their most effective when used sparingly and subtly – this allows for a more natural and authentic appearance.

Another common issue is when clients go to a non-specialist.

In Australia, dermal fillers need to be applied by a Registered Nurse under the supervision of a medical doctor at the bare minimum – however, that doesn’t stop many beauty clinics from offering it.

Needless to say, the best course of action is to go to somebody who specialises in cosmetic procedures such as dermal fillers.

In short, dermal fillers are safe – in the right hands.

Question #3: What should I avoid before dermal fillers?

Just like any surgical or non-surgical procedure, a certain degree of preparation is needed for your dermal fillers to be successful.

Going through the procedure can be quite intimidating at first, that’s why it is important to take note of the before and after dos and don’ts.

Some simple tips you can follow before treatment include:

  • Avoiding alcohol 24 hours before the procedure
  • Drinking plenty of water, as dehydration can reduce the effect of the hyaluronic fillers
  • Not using using bleach, or waxing or tweezing any part of your face 

And of course, it’s great to get a good night’s rest.

While there are no right and wrong rules when it comes to sleeping after having dermal fillers, if you want to take extra precautions, it is best to sleep on your side for 48 hours and avoid the side of your face with fillers.

Question #4: How long does it take for fillers to settle in your face?

For most people, the effects are immediate, and minimal time is needed to start seeing results.

Of course, as with all things relating to cosmetic surgery, there’s going to be a degree of variability depending on the individual.

Thankfully, it tends to take at the absolute most 14 days for dermal fillers to settle in your face, with most people seeing results well before then.

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Question #5: Does filler stay in your face forever?

It all depends on two major factors: the type of filler being used and where the filler is being injected. Some fillers last for 12 months, while others can last for two years. 

Whichever one you choose, you’ll need to get your fillers refreshed as your previous fillers break down over time and are absorbed by the body.

If you’re unsure what dermal filler is best for you, we invite you to speak to one of our skin experts.

Question #6: Do fillers hurt more than Botox? What’s the difference?

As we explained above, dermal fillers are all about filling in the space left behind by collagen loss, thus giving you a more youthful (and natural) appearance.

By contrast, Botox injections freeze face muscles, preventing any movements that may cause wrinkles. This is where the “frozen face” syndrome that’s so common after (poor) botox injections comes from.

While both types of injections are preceded with an anaesthetic cream applied to the skin using a fine needle (thus helping to reduce pain), in our experience, the immediate pain from Botox injections tend to linger just a little longer than dermal filler injection.

Question #7: Where to get your dermal fillers?

There are countless beauty clinics and spas provide dermal fillers… however, it should go without saying that the safest way to go about your dermal fillers is to leave it in the hands of a qualified surgeon and skin expert!

Your face has sensitive nerves and muscle structure. On top of a better-looking result, this will also help you avoid potential consequences such as:

  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Unwanted puffiness
  • Blindness in severe cases

And these are just some of the things that can go wrong if your practitioner doesn’t know what they’re doing!

A licensed cosmetic and plastic skin surgery practitioner who administers dermal fillers safely and knows how to protect you and your facial tissues’ from the worst.

Want to know more about dermal fillers? Call Cairns Plastic Surgery today

If you would like to know more about our dermal fillers in Cairns, all you need to do is get in touch.

Queensland’s plastic surgery market is pretty crowded, with plenty of practitioners. Why choose us?

Dr Isolde Hertess is one of the best plastic surgeons in Queensland for women just like you. 

It isn’t only because of her experience and skill as a FRACS and ASPS-recognised surgeon, either – as a female-led clinic, we’re able to provide a unique female perspective, ensuring a seamless experience from start to finish.

And that begins from the moment you reach out to our team!

Thanks to our prime location, we’re not just the go-to team for Cairns residents, but we can also help you with all your queries when it comes to:

Learn more about dermal fillers and other procedures that will help you look and feel more refreshed – call our friendly team today on (07) 4031 5755 or fill in this form.