Fillers are injectable preparations which are used to treat lines and creases in the facial skin. Fillers are divided into 2 broad groups - temporary and permanent. Temporary fillers are gradually absorbed by the body, but they may have a long term effect by stimulating some collagen growth in the treated area. Permanent fillers seem attractive to patients, but there are potential short and long term complications which do not allow me to recommend their use.

Hyaluronic acid is a substance that occurs naturally in the body, and it is the most commonly used temporary filler. HA is available in a range of preparations for different uses. This filler can be used to improve the appearance of various aging changes e.g. fine lines, deep creases, thin lips. The injections are painful, and may require the use of cold packs, topical anaesthetic cream, and local anesthetic injections. Swelling and bruising can be expected.

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