Injectable fillers

Fillers are used to treat facial wrinkle and to conceal the visible effects of ageing. The type of fillers available is biocompatible or synthetic. Biocompatible fillers are absorbed in 6 to 12 months. The permanent synthetic filler have the disadvantage rejection, migration and granuloma formation and therefore are not used at Rodney Street Clinic.

Biocompatible fillers are:

Collagen:

Collagen implants are usually derived from bovine, human or porcine source. Sensitivity reaction occurs in 3 % of patients and some develop sensitivity during treatment. Test injection is required before each treatment. The duration of its effects is short lived and last only 3 to 6 months. However Evolence a preparation of cross linked porcine collagen does not require pretesting and its effect last for about 12 months.

Restylane:

Restylane is a hyaluronic acid gel preparation closely resembling the natural hyaluronic in the skin. It has a proven track record and has been used at Rodney Street Clinic for the last ten year. Sensitivity reaction is very rare. Its effect last between 8 to 12 months.

Radiesse:

Radiesse is a dermal filler comprised of calcium hydroxylapatatite (CaHA) particles suspended in a hyaluronic acid gel. Once Radiesse is injected, it smoothes wrinkles and also stimulates the skin's own production of collagen. It effect last up to 18 months. It is very effective in treating the area around the nose and mouth.

Commonly asked Questions:

How is the treatment carried out?

The fillers are injected under a topical or local anaesthetic. The procedure will take about half an hour.

What are the side effects?

There will be some swelling and bruising may occasionally occur. Redness and lumpiness can also occur occasionally. These settle within a few days. Sensitivity reaction is very rare.

What areas can be treated?

The most common areas treated are from the nose to the angle of the mouth (nasolabial folds), the lips, cheeks, chin, between eyebrows and the forehead.

How many treatments are required?

This is dependant of the extent of the problem in some patients only one treatment is required. In other two to three sessions are required at an interval of 2 -3 weeks. A top up at about 6 months is recommended.

How much does it cost?

This is dependent on the quantity of the filler use. This would be discussed with you prior to commencement of any treatment.

Meet Your Surgeon

Mr Juma is a Plastic Surgeon with 25 years of medical experience who has a long established reputation within his field. He is a Senior NHS Plastic Surgeon, a Medical Examiner and Honorary Lecturer who is renowned for being a perfectionist.

For your peace of mind, Mr Juma is GMC registered and a member of the Plastic Surgery UK membership bodies BAAPS and BAPRAS.

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