Are frown lines, crow’s feet or hollow cheeks bringing you down? Don’t worry, our team at Virtue Hair and Skin Clinic understand the restless nights caused by anxiety over appearances.

The good news is that all these worries can be a thing of the past with the swift overnight results provided by dermal fillers.

But before you commit to a clinic in Birmingham, it’s worth doing your homework first – starting with this handy guide on dermal fillers.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected into our skin. To be exact, they’re injected into a layer of the skin known as the “dermis”.

Within the dermis is our extracellular matrix (ECM). Made up of collagen, elastin, as well as other fibres and proteins, the ECM provides all the tensile strength and elasticity for our skin.

However, over time we all start to lose collagen and the fibres begin to deteriorate. This can cause a lack of tension within your skin, causing it to sag and appear hollow.

Dermal fillers create an immediate filling effect and correcting any loss of volume. They do so through the use of microspheres that act as a scaffold to provide the skin with strength and structure while also promoting new collagen activity.  

With this extra activity, the collagen forms a network that strengthens the tissue as the gel starts to degrade. The result? Your skin regains its natural support and elasticity with visible quality improvements.

To find out more about the various types of filler gels, check out our dedicated dermal filler page. It also includes lip filler types.

What can dermal fillers be used for?

Fillers are used to address the signs of ageing on our faces. However, they are much more than “wrinkle fillers”.

Of course, dermal fillers are an effective way of smoothing out your skin. But the term is highly limiting, as there are many more uses, including:

  • Diminishing lines around the forehead, nose and mouth
  • Plumping and enhancing lips (lip fillers are especially popular).
  • Smoothing wrinkles and lines around the lips
  • Restoring sunken cheeks
  • Smoothing our creases around the chin and jawline
  • Treating eye bags, hollow eyes and deep tear troughs
  • Improving facial symmetry

As you’d expect, not all these treatments are related to the signs of ageing. Treatments that include enhancing volume and improving symmetry are popular amongst a whole host of age groups. 

One question that we’re often asked is: can dermal fillers help eye bags? In short, yes they can. Dermal fillers can also treat deep tear troughs and similar conundrums.

How much are dermal fillers?

Dermal filler costs will vary from one clinic to another based on several factors, such as location, experience and quality.

In our Birmingham clinic, we offer highly competitive prices alongside first-rate expertise and unparalleled experience.

While some practices will have a set price guide, we prefer to understand your personal needs first in a friendly consultation session. We can then tailor a solution around your needs and budget.

So, if you find a clinic offering dermal fillers in Birmingham for an extremely low price without any consultation required, you may want to reconsider. After all, undergoing any form of treatment is a big deal and you can’t afford to cut corners.

Does it hurt to get dermal fillers?

You may feel a slight scratch. Yet, many fillers now include small doses of local anaesthetic to help numb any potential pain.

With that said, our expert practitioners will take extra care in helping you feel comfortable throughout the procedure. 

We go above and beyond to ensure that the experience is as seamless as possible. We can even apply specialist numbing creams and ice packs before the treatment to reduce any discomfort.

What to expect after dermal fillers?

After the procedure, you can sit up from the couch, smile and relax. Your rejuvenated, new look will be immediately clear to see.

While there is a slight chance of swelling and some minor bruising the following day, the result will be noticeable from the get-go.

Then, it’s right back to the daily grind. Once you leave our Birmingham clinic, you’re free to head straight back home.

How long do dermal fillers last?

The non-surgical fillers used by our team of experts are biodegradable. This means that they will be absorbed by the body with little to no chance of any side effects.

How long this degradation process will take depends upon the type of filler you opt for. Although, as a rule of thumb, we always say between 6-18 months.

One of the most popular non-surgical fillers used is called Juvéderm. Typically, this will last for an entire year.

Once this period is over, you may want to come back for a second filler. However, the fillers will start to rebuild the natural collagen network within your skin as time passes. This means that smaller doses are required, as the skin starts to naturally regain its tension and elasticity. Voila!

Speak to a leading clinic specialising in dermal fillers in Birmingham

These six considerations are often key talking points in our consultations regarding dermal fillers. Yet, that’s by no means all. You may also want to know more about:

  • The difference between fillers and other treatments, like Botox
  • Our full after-treatment care
  • Our full credentials and experience

Luckily our team is on hand to help. So, if you’re eager to learn more, just get in touch. From lip enhancement to cheek fillers, our Birmingham-based team is here to support you.