The cost of dermal fillers vary depending on various factors such as, the qualification and expertise of the practitioner, the type of procedure used, time and effort required by the treatment and location of the clinic where it is performed. The following is an average for each type of dermal filler used for example, calcium hydroxylapatite, such as Radiesse may cost: £687. Hyaluronic acid, such as Restylane may cost: £644. Polylactic acid, such as Sculptra may cost: £773. Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres, such as Bellafill may cost: £859.
Tissue augmentation with dermal fillers is a quick procedure that can produce a visible difference providing facial fullness and a youthful look. Some fillers last for 6 months, while others can last up to 2 years or even longer.
There is a chance of considerable complications with dermal fillers if it is not performed by a trained practitioner with thorough understanding of facial anatomy. The practitioner must be able to recommend and inject an appropriate filler which is essential for safety and good outcomes.
There are various types of dermal fillers. The most common ones are:
Calcium Hydroxylapatite (brand name: Radiesse)
It is found in human bones and is a mineral-like compound, and is used to:
Reduce moderate-to-severe creases such as frown lines
Boost cheek fullness and other facial contours
Calcium hydroxylapatite is biosynthetically produced, which lowers the risk of an allergic reaction and thus no skin testing is required. This form of dermal filler is known to produce a very natural result, and have very few side effects.
Hyaluronic Acid (brand names: Captique, Elevess, Hylaform, Perlane, Prevelle, Restylane)
Hyaluronic acid injections can be used to enhance the skin’s contour and reduce depressions in the skin due to scars or injury. We may see potential improvements for:
Redefining the lip border, acne scars, frown lines between eyebrows, cheek depressions, deep smile lines (also known as nasolabial furrows), marionette lines at the corners of the mouth, crow’s feet at the corner of the eyes.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in high concentrations in the soft connective tissues and in the fluid surrounding the eyes, also in some cartilage and joint fluids. It has become one of the most popular kinds of injectable fillers.
Polyalkylimide (brand name: Aquamid)
Polyalkylimide is a semi-permanent dermal filler and is used by mainly plastic surgeons to: enhance cheekbones and jawline, plump thin lips, treat deeper wrinkles such as depressed scars, and to replace facial volume lost due to aging.
It is biocompatible, meaning, it’ll have very little reaction with human tissue, and therefore no allergy test is required. Since its radio transparent, it will not interfere with x-rays. It becomes quite stable overtime, but can also be removed if necessary.
Polylactic Acid (brand name: Sculptra)
Polylactic acid is a synthetic, semi-permanent dermal filler that is injected into the face. It is known as a stimulator. Because this dermal filler stimulates collagen production therefore the results are gradual and not instant. This is a biodegradable and non-toxic substance that has been used for more than 40 years.
Polylactic acid works well in the lower half of the face, and can be used to: plump thin lips, fill the lines caused by laughing, and treat deep nasolabial folds.
Polymethyl-Methacrylate Microspheres (PMMA) (brand name: Bellafill)
PMMA is a semi-permanent filler and is used to treat deep wrinkles, folds and furrows, particularly nasolabial folds and to augment thin lips.