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Frequently asked questions

What areas are best treated by dermal fillers?

Traditionally people talk about Botox helping in the upper third of the face and dermal fillers in the lower two-thirds. This is generally true, although certain areas in the upper face such as some very deep frown lines, crow’s feet, and even drooping eyebrows can be helped with fillers. The most common areas treated are the nasolabial lines (the lines that run from nose to mouth), marionette lines (running from the corners of the mouth downwards) and lips. Often when treating the lower face we also fill out areas of collagen and fat loss, e.g. on either side of the chin.

What will happen during the treatment?

The area will be thoroughly cleaned and an anaesthetic cream will be applied prior to injection, helping to numb the area. If fillers are being applied to the lips, Once numbed, the filler is injected into the area being treated using a small needle. Depending on the area treated, and which filler is to be used, treatment takes 30 to 60 minutes. Recovery time varies, but most people can return to work straight after treatment.

How long does it take for the treatment to take effect and how long does it last?

The effects are immediate and you should be able to instantly get a really good idea of what the final look will be. In most areas what you will see is what you will get, although in some (such as the lips) there may initially be considerable swelling. This swelling will go down within a few days and you should then be able to see the final look. The duration of the effects of treatment depends on the area being treated, but most fillers last about 9 months. Lip fillers last less time – around 6 months – as this area is subject to frequent movements which break down the filler more quickly.

What to expect after the treatment

Temporary redness, swelling, bruising or itching at site of injection; in the case of lip augmentation, there may be considerable swelling for a few days. If you have a history of cold sores and are having lip augmentation, the procedure may cause the cold sores to break out again (the chances of this happening can be reduced by taking anti-viral medication).

  • Allergic reactions are possible but not common.
  • Some palpable material may be felt at the site of injection- tends to be temporary and rarely visible.
  • Infection at the site.
  • More serious but very rare side effects include blistering at the site, formation of granulomas and superficial necrosis.


  • Avoid touching the areas for 6 hours
  • No makeup or lipstick for a minimum of 8 hours
  • Massage the area to avoid any lumps forming
  • Avoid exercise for 24 hours
  • Avoid heat (hot showers, bath, drinks & sun)
  • No sunbeds for a minimum of 3 days
  • If tender apply ice covered in a cloth
  • Witch hazel and arnica tablets/cream help bruising
  • Avoid flying for 24 hours
  • void any dental treatments for 24 hours
  • If clients suffer from cold sores, this treatment may trigger a flare-up