They are designed to be used on the lines that are visible when the facial muscles aren’t moving, known as static lines, for a subtle lift and a refreshed look. Fillers work by using hyaluronic acid, a natural substance in the human body that attracts water to the skin.
Hyaluronic acid naturally depletes with age, which is one of the reasons why older people appear to lose volume in their cheeks and their skin develops more lines.
Dermal fillers are a safe way of putting hyaluronic acid back into the skin to plump it up, and the added volume softens existing lines as well as helping to prevent new ones from developing.
Because hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body, dermal fillers are unlikely to produce an allergic reaction, although we will always check your medical history before treatment begins.
In the consultation we will examine your face, neck and upper chest and explain the treatment options in detail. Any recommendations given by Andre, our facial cosmetics clinician, will be for subtle improvements in your appearance. Andre is a qualified GP who has worked with facial aesthetics since 2000.
It takes about 20 minutes to administer the fillers using a small needle. There will be a brief and small amount of discomfort while the injections take place and some effects will be visible immediately.
When the serum settles two or three days later the full results will be visible, which last from six to 24 months. Possible side effects include temporary tenderness, redness, swelling or, in rare cases, bruising.
The extent to which these side effects occur is largely down to the skill of the practitioner who is injecting the dermal fillers — at Portmore we have one of the country’s most experienced practitioners in Andre.