Dermal Fillers 101: Nine Common Questions Answered

Dermal fillers have truly revolutionised aesthetic medicine. According to an industry analysis, the Australian facial injectable market was valued at USD 2.9 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 22.8 billion by 2030. Fillers are second only to anti-wrinkle injections in market share. These trends are reflected daily at Kaya Cosmedica. Our team regularly see patients for dermal fillers in South Melbourne, with enquiries ranging from wrinkle reduction to jawline contouring to lip augmentation. If you are considering facial fillers, you may have many of the same questions our patients ask us. Below you’ll find answers to some we hear frequently, and we invite you to book a consultation to have any other questions answered personally.

Is There More Than One Type Of Filler? What Is the Difference?

Yes! We have access to multiple dermal filler brands in Australia, and many of those brands produce a collection of fillers that are targeted for different areas and concerns. Kaya Cosmedica uses only TGA-approved fillers. The most popular dermal fillers contain a naturally-occurring substance found within our skin and connective tissues. This ingredient is known for its strong hydrating ability. When the filler is injected into the skin, it attracts and retains water, which increases volume in the area. Fillers with this ingredient are temporary and broken down by the body over time. We also offer collagen-stimulating injections, which are sometimes called biostimulatory fillers. These products don’t just temporarily fill the treated area — they also encourage collagen production for improvements in skin structure and hydration. Because collagen stimulators restore your body’s natural processes, the results last longer than other fillers.

Which Dermal Filler Do I Need?

The wonderful thing about having so many options is that we can precisely tailor your treatment to your needs. Each filler is formulated to have a specific texture, density and optimal injection depth. This means that certain products are suited for certain areas. We can mix and match different dermal fillers to make a unique ‘recipe’ just for you. These are some of the factors we may consider while crafting your treatment plan:
  • The areas you wish to treat
  • The extent and complexity of the targeted concerns
  • Your health history
  • Your age
  • Your budget
  • Your desired results duration
  • Your aesthetic preferences

What Age Is Best for Fillers?

Every dermal filler is TGA-approved for adults over a specific age. Beyond that, the possibilities are vast. Our younger patients who are not yet worried about visible signs of ageing use fillers for contouring and enhancing certain areas, like the lips, nose, cheekbones and jawline. Our older patients use fillers to smooth wrinkles, fill hollow temples and tear troughs, and plump up thinning lips. The best way to determine if you are ready for dermal fillers is to meet with one of our experienced injectors in person.

Are Dermal Fillers Better Than Anti-Wrinkle Injections?

There is something for everyone in the world of cosmetic injectables. This means that dermal fillers are not necessarily better than anti-wrinkle injections, but they may be better for you than anti-wrinkle injections. They are both great products, but they excel at different things. We recommend reading this article from our blog for a complete breakdown of the differences: Anti-Wrinkle Injections vs. Dermal Fillers.

Do Fillers Age You Faster?

If you’ve heard that dermal fillers can stretch out your skin and make you look older than you did to begin with, set your mind at ease. This is a myth! Dermal fillers can’t stop your skin from ageing, but they don’t cause skin ageing either. When they wear off, you will look as you did pre-treatment. But there is another piece to this puzzle. Excessive use of fillers can distort your natural features, creating the impression of an aged appearance. This is why our injectors believe it is critical to take a conservative approach. The right amount of filler makes you look refreshed and youthful while maintaining a natural appearance and preserving your individuality.

What Is the Cost of Dermal Fillers in Melbourne?

Various factors go into determining the cost of a dermal filler treatment. These include:
  • The type and brand of filler used
  • The number of areas injected
  • The size of the areas injected
  • The amount of filler needed
  • The experience level of the injector
While pricing does vary between clinics, we urge patients to note that pricing far below average is a red flag. Your results or safety could be compromised if you choose an inexperienced or unqualified injector or an untrustworthy clinic. You can find our tips for selecting a cosmetic injector in Melbourne here.

How Much Filler Is in a Syringe? How Much Will I Need?

A syringe of dermal filler generally contains 1ml of product. There are a few fillers that come in larger or smaller sizes, but it is much less common. The number of syringes involved in your treatment depends on the look you’re after, the filler we choose and the number of areas we treat. Smaller areas (like the nasolabial folds or tear troughs) take less filler, while larger areas (like the cheeks, chin or jawline) need more. Full-face sculpting or a liquid facelift require the most.

Should My Injector Use a Cannula or a Needle?

Dermal fillers have traditionally been administered with a sharp needle, but more and more injectors now choose a cannula instead. A cannula has a blunt tip and is longer and more flexible than a needle. This translates to several benefits, including:
  • Improved comfort for the patient
  • Less bruising and swelling post-treatment
  • More accurate placement of the filler
  • Smoother, continuous delivery of the filler
Learn more about why Dr Khinda prefers to use a cannula for dermal fillers.

Where Can I Get Fillers in South Melbourne?

Although fillers may seem like a simple treatment, it’s important to remember that it is a medical procedure. Having a treatment done in a non-medical setting can be dangerous. To safeguard your health, you should never have fillers administered at a day spa, salon, party or private home. It is imperative to choose a reputable cosmetic clinic and an injector with the training, knowledge, experience and artistry required to produce a beautiful result. We hope to see you soon at Kaya Cosmedica. Dr PK and her team are highly skilled in cosmetic injectable procedures and share a commitment to delivering safe, natural outcomes for every patient. Schedule a consult with us so we can design a personalised treatment plan to help you reach your aesthetic goals.
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