Dermal fillers are injectable products that work in different ways to fill hollows in the face, softly enhance or reshape and restore lips, or to fill in or smooth facial wrinkles and folds. Fillers can also be use to help correct sunken eyes, hollow temples, and reshape, or lift sunken cheeks. A growing range of safe, effective fillers are available. We use ones based on the natural molecules that exist in healthy skin (Hyaluronic Acid or HA). These vary with respect to the areas where they work best and how long they last. Most fillers currently used should be considered as temporary. Depending on type and the location administered they can start to break down over several months and may need replacement or ‘topping up’ at some point (months or years).
Skin filler injections are performed using strict infection control and aseptic techniques. Prior to your treatment you can request a topical anaesthetic cream to assist with pain management. Local anaesthetic injections may be required prior to your treatment depending on the product used. Following the injection of the filler, you may feel a brief burning sensation at the site of the injection and experience some swelling or bruising, which normally settles over a few days. The majority of people can resume normal activities a few hours or the following day after the procedure.
Dr Sullivan is trained and accredited with Medicare and Medical Benefits Scheme for L-polylactic acid treatment of facial lipoatrophy due to the treatment of HIV. In this condition the patient experiences premature loss of underlying fat and facial support.