Dermal filler treatments


York Plastic Surgery is one of the regions leading Plastic Surgery clinics offering a full range of cosmetic procedures, including Botox and facial fillers.

Dermal fillers are another hugely popular cosmetic treatment to smooth your skin, iron out the wrinkles and give you a natural softer look. At York Plastic Surgery we only use the best HA (Hyaluronic acid) fillers so you can rest assured you will get the best result from your treatment.

You will be seen by our Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Chris Dunkin , who will advise you of the best treatments for you. All our treatments are performed in York by Mr Dunkin or his trained staff - you choose who is best for you. Follow up care is all part of the package so you can be confident that you will look and feel your best.

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What are dermal fillers?

If Botox works on the underlying muscles to prevent skin creases from forming then fillers work on the skin to plump it up and reduce the appearance of creases. We also use fillers to add volume to improve your facial shape and contour and to produce natural-looking fuller lips.

What is hyaluronic acid (HA)?

HA is a naturally-occurring part of your skin (and other tissue) that provides the filler for your dermis (the thick part of your skin). With time and gravity the proportion of HA in your skin declines and this contributes to the signs of ageing skin. HA fillers replace this filler to restore the balance of your skin, smooth out fine creases, improve deeper creases and add volume were you want it. HA fillers are soft injectable gels of stabilised, non-animal HA that closely resemble your own HA. The gel is gently absorbed and so the effect is not permanent.

Which fillers are available?

At York Plastic Surgery we only use the best dermal fillers to ensure you have a safe and effective treatment and we achieve the best result. Different fillers are designed for different areas and we will advise you on the best solution for you.

  • Restylane
  • Restylane Lidocaine
  • Restylane Perlane
  • Restylane Lip
  • Juvederm Ultra range
  • Juvederm Voluma
  • Juvederm Ultra Smile.

Which areas can be treated?

Dermal fillers are used to smooth away facial creases, improve facial contour and create fuller lips. The most common areas treated include:

  • Nasolabial folds (the line between your cheek and upper lip)
  • Glabella lines (between your eyebrows) and forehead lines
  • Marionette lines (from the corner of your mouth down to your jawline)
  • Nasojugal fold (between your nose and lower eyelid) and tear troughs (under your lower eyelid)
  • Lips (for an Angelina look not a trout pout)

So what do I do?

Everyone has a cosmetic assessment with our Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Chris Dunkin, so you can explain what areas concern you and to help you decide on the best solution for you. we will discuss your options, what they involve and any potential problems. If you choose dermal fillers then we can proceed.

There is a charge for your cosmetic consultation with our Consultant Plastic Surgeon prior to your first treatment.
Further consultations are free.

What is the procedure like?

The treatment takes about 15-30 minutes, depending on the result you want to achieve. The gel is introduced precisely into the target area slowly and gently until the desired effect is achieved. You will see the benefits immediately but the final result may take a few days to settle. Tiny fine needles are used so you hardly feel it. Lips can be a little sore so we use a filler with local anaesthetic to numb the area.

A little redness is common for a couple of hours after treatment. Paracetamol is rarely required. Bruising, swelling and itching are occasionally seen and usually settle in a few days.

Is the result permanent?

HA fillers are long-lasting but are not permanent. This is because the HA is slowly absorbed into your skin and usually disappears (leaving no scarring or after-effects). To ensure ongoing results a top-up treatment is recommended 6-12 months after your treatment.

What are the downsides to dermal fillers?

HA fillers are effective and safe when used by an expert. We would recommend that you check the credentials of any person offering this type of treatment - dermal fillers are not cosmetics and a 2-day course does not an expert make!

Most complications are injection-related with bruising, redness and swelling. These are usually short-lived although can persist particularly after lip enhancement for 7-10 days.

Can any other areas be treated?

The back of the hands and the décolletage (the area between your bra and your neck) can be improved with the judicious use of dermal fillers. Ask us about this.

Are there any other solutions?

Botox is very helpful in the right situation and we often use Botox to help treat the cause of facial creases and fillers to improve the creases themselves. Lipofilling or fat transfer is a permanent alternative for some people. Facelift and surgery to improve upper and lower eyelids and your forehead may be required. Often we use a combination of treatments to achieve the best results for you.

I've heard that you can use my own fat as a filler - is this true?

Absolutely. In expert hands, HA fillers are easy to use, effective and safe but they need to be repeated for an ongoing result. For a more permanent solution fat can be taken from any site of excess (usually your tummy) using liposuction, prepared and then transferred. This is called fat transfer, lipofilling or liposculture (if you are French). This us a permanent solution and uses your own fat - a win win situation.

See fat transfer (lipofilling) for more information or talk to us about it.

Can fillers help with acne scars?

Fillers can be very useful for people with acne scarring and some other types of scarring. Ask us about this.

Paying for treatment

We offer Consultant delivered state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery procedures at The Nuffield Health Hospital in York and paying for your treatment couldn’t be simpler.

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What do I do now?

Our clinic is based at The Nuffield Health York Hospital.

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