Injectable fillers restore volume to the face, creating a more youthful appearance

Non-surgical treatments can be used alone or to enhance the results of your cosmetic surgery. Skin treatments, skin care, facial fillers and muscle relaxing injections are all effective and less invasive techniques of improving the quality of your skin, smoothing wrinkles and enhancing the shape of your face.

Ageing occurs at all layers of our face – our bones, ligaments, muscles, fat and skin all change with time. Non-surgical treatments can gently address all of these areas. Fillers aim specifically to restore volume and shape to the face, muscle relaxant injections help to efface wrinkles and delay further wrinkles from forming and topical skin products aim to improve the colour, hydration and feel of our skin.

Facial fillers

Only fillers formulated from completely natural hyaluronic acid gel are used at Southern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in our skin and the connective tissues of our bodies. Used since the 1970s for medical purposes, hyaluronic acid injections add small amounts of volume to fill wrinkles, or larger amounts to fill the hollows in our faces that occur with ageing. Injected hyaluronic acid has also been found to improve the texture and hydration of skin.

Facial fillers are most effective in treating deep wrinkles

  • in between the eyebrows
  • above the upper lip
  • around the mouth (nasolabial)
  • around the chin (marionette)

Facial fillers are also useful in restoring volume to

  • the tear trough (hollow between the lower eyelid and cheek)
  • thinned lips
  • sunken cheeks
  • some scars

What does the procedure involve?

A consultation with one of our surgeons will determine the most appropriate formulation of hyaluronic acid dose (volume to be used) and areas to be targeted. Following this, the body area can be numbed with topical or injected local anaesthetic. The hyaluronic acid is prepackaged as a clear, colourless gel in small syringes. This is injected into the areas of concern. Following this, the area will appear slightly red and swollen. In most people, this resolves over the next 24 hours. It is possible to return to work on the same day as the procedure.

Are the changes permanent?

Hyaluroinc acid is a natural product. The body degrades the gel, in the same way it degrades your own hyaluronic acid, over a period of 6-24 months. While rarely required, it is possible to reverse the injection with hyaluronidase (the enzyme which breaks down hyaluronic acid in our bodies).