What are dermal fillers?
Dermal filler is based on Hylauronic Acid (HA) which is a naturally occuring substance already found within the body. It has a clear gel-like consistancy. Fillers can add volume and firmness, enhance facial features or sculpt the face. They can reduce signs of aging by filling lines and wrinkles, adding volume to thin lips or sunken cheeks. We only use FDA approved products including Juvederm, Belotero and Restylane.
Modern hyaluronic based fillers are not permanent and are gradually absorbed over time.
How long do fillers last?
Lip fillers last on average last 6-9 months but this can vary depending on several factors including age, metabolism, level of exercise, alcohol intake and lifestyle. Clients can have top-up treatments when they feel necessary unless advisable by our staff.
How long does treatment take?
Appointments usually take around 30-40 minutes. This includes an consultation, application of anaesthetic (medical strength topical numbing cream), administration of filler, massage and complete aftercare advice.
What brands do you use?
We use Revolax, Juvoderm, Restylane, Belotero Intense, Hyafilia and Stylage. Products have slightly different properties including HA concentrations, density and molecule size
What product should a client use?
We will advise which products will give the client the best results in a consultation before procedure, depending on areas treated and the needs of each patient.
Face and lip fillers (dermal fillers) are substances injected into your face with a fine needle or cannula. A topical anaesthic cream is applied first to reduce any discomfort.
How soon will a client see a difference?
Often the client will see a difference right after treatment however we advise waiting up to 2 weeks to see true results and sometimes final results can take even longer than 2 weeks to give a full representation of the procedure.
How will it look and feel after treatment?
It’s normal for there to be some swelling and maybe some bruising for a few days after facial fillers but generally you will see an immediate difference in volume and shape of the treated area. The results tend to improve as any swelling settles and the filler begins to settle more naturally within the skin.
Who can have the treatments done?
In the UK, fillers are legally allowed to be administered to anyone over the age of 16, however we only carry out procedures on clients that are 18 years old and over.
Will the procedure sometimes not work?
Occasionally a procedure may need a few treatments to see their desired result, this will be advised before treatment. It isn’t recommended to inject excessive amounts in 1 session which can result in filler spread or migration outside the desired area due to increased pressure before the product has settled.
How many treatments will someone need?
Starting in the 30’s we begin to lose volume in the facial area per year. Because of this, most patients require 1 syringe of filler per decade of life. For a full facial correction at 40 years old, you would need around 4 syringes.
For lips, someone with very thin lips may require several sessions to build up their desired look safely. The same applies with complex corrections.
We can advice in a consultation before proceeding.
What are Russian Lips?
Russian Lips refer to the advanced injection techniques invented by Russian doctors which involve precise placement of thin lines of filler to provide support and structure to the lips. A wide range of styles is possible, but the most prominent look involves ‘lifting’ the lips for extra height together with shaping the cupids bow into a subtle heart shape. A more defined border is usually requested and a flatter sideways appearance is possible compared to simply plumping the lip body with extra product to increase size.
Can I get Russian lips if I currently have lip fillers?
Yes, but it’s best to discuss with us first to see if you need your old lip fillers dissolved first.
Do we charge to dissolve lips and how long before I can have them refilled after dissolving?
Yes we do charge for dissolving and we advise at least a week before refilling. Filler is quickly broken down using the enzyme Hyaluronidase and although everything may look normal within a day, it takes some time for the connective tissue to heal completely and avoid any potential risk of subsequent filler migration.
Do we charge for consultations?
Consultations are free and are given before each treatment. Consultations can also be booked as a seperate appointment using our booking link. Photos and questions before booking can be emailed or sent by direct message.
Are there any adverse effects?
Most side effects of hyaluronic acid fillers are temporary and should only last a few days. They may include: Swelling and bruising, some bleeding, redness and tenderness at the injection sites, reactivation of cold sores or fever blisters (herpes simplex) on the lips or surrounding area.
More serious risks of a vascular occlusion and tissue death if untreated are possible – much more likely when attempted by untrained injectors at home. There is some risk in every procedure, but modern fillers are generally safe and effective when done in a professional setting by those with knowledge of the artery structure. Treatments can be quickly reversed by dissolving the filler with Hyaluronidase in the rare event of any serious effects or inflammatory reactions.
What should I not do after the treatments?
Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 to 48 hours after you get lip fillers or any other dermal fillers. Elevated blood pressure and heart rate from exercise may make swelling or bruising worse. You can take Arnica for bruising if your doctor approves. It’s fine to engage in light activities like walking. Avoid alcohol and hydrate often. Check our aftercare advice here.
How does Hyaluronic Acid work?
Hyaluronic acid supplements can help increase skin moisture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Topical treatments of HA gel can soothe redness and dermatitis, while injections can add volume to underlying areas, shaping or softening facial structures or lifting the skin and reducing the effects of sagging and wrinkles. The product is gradually absorbed by the body over time and further treatments or top-ups may be sought.
Can dermal fillers be used around the eyes?
Hyaluronic acid dermal filler injections are an effective method to correct fine lines and superficial wrinkles in sensitive areas such as crow’s feet and to support or lift the eyebrows. Often used in combination with small touches of botox.
To refresh and rejuvenate tired looking eyes, delicate injection of fillers into the tear trough area is a quick and effective procedure to improve the appearance of dark circles and eye bags.
What is Profhilo?
Profhilo is a modern injectable skin remodelling treatment containing one of the highest concentrations of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) on the market, especially formulated for people whose skin lacks volume and elasticity. The result is improved skin quality lasting for up to 6 months.
Where did Anastasia study?
After achieving a nursing certificate in Russia, Anastasia continued her education in the UK with a degree in Biomedical Science. Continuing her path into aesthetic medicine she completed more than 17 trainings, learning and mastering the latest techniques from top specialists in Russia and Europe.
Do we do aesthetic collaborations?
Yes we do – please message us to enquire.
Do we travel?
Not currently, we are based in Harley Street London but you can message us to see if we will be visiting your country in the future.
What are dermal fillers?