Dermal Fillers

Discover the path to enhancing your natural beauty and attaining flawless, youthful skin at Tu Aesthetica, Our clinics provide dermal filler treatments in Oxford & Marlow . Our team of doctors are committed to assisting you in reaching your aesthetics goals. Our injectable dermal fillers consist of a clear gel, derived from a naturally occurring substance. Administered under the skin, these fillers work to restore lost volume, smoothen lines, soften creases, and enhance facial contours. Witness the transformative effects as the dermal filler diminishes the signs of aging and reshapes your face, unveiling a more beautiful and rejuvenated appearance.

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A Revolution in Aesthetics – Goodbye Plastic Surgery!

Previously, cosmetic surgery was the only option for those wishing to improve their facial features; with the development of injectable dermal fillers, it is now often possible to achieve the same or even better results at a fraction of the cost, recovery time, and risks of going under the knife. A top advantage to dermal fillers is that these changes are not permanent; they can be rapidly reversed with ease. 

Revitalise Your Appearance with Dermal Fillers: At Tu Aesthetica, we specialise in dermal fillers, the non-surgical solution to restore volume, smooth out wrinkles, and enhance facial features. Our expert practitioners have extensive experience in administering dermal fillers, ensuring that you receive personalised treatments tailored to your unique needs.

Leave Ageing Where It Belongs: In The Past!

Dermal fillers can be used to reduce the ageing process in two ways. Firstly they can be injected under the surface of the skin where creases or folds appear, lifting and plumping the indentations to reduce their depth and soften their appearance. This is typically done in areas such as the nasolabial folds, tear troughs under the eyes, and in the Marionette lines. Secondly, they can be injected to replace lost volume in facial fat pads that is a feature of ageing and thereby lift skin that is sagging in adjacent areas. This is typically done in areas such as at the cheekbones and in the jawline.

Get Those Features You’ve always Wanted and Deserved!

Aside from reducing ageing, dermal fillers can also be injected to enhance facial features by actions such as reducing asymmetry, aspiring to ‘golden ratios’ of facial proportions, or to increase feminisation or masculinisation. This is commonly performed by injections of dermal filler into areas such as lips to plump and reshape them, deeply recessed tear troughs, cheekbones and jawline, or even into the nose for non-surgical rhinoplasty.

The most common areas treated are…

Nasolabial folds (Nose-to-mouth lines): These are the lines that run on either side of the face from the lower edge of the nose to the corner of the mouth. They are caused by volume loss in the fat pads and bone structure of the face during the ageing process resulting in sagging of the skin at the cheekbones.

Marionette lines (Mouth-to-chin lines): These lines originate from the corners of the mouth and descend diagonally towards the edges of the chin. They result from age related volume loss in the lower part of the face, creating angular shadows which can vary in length and depth.

Lip enhancement: Lips can be treated for both volume and for reshaping. Those looking for fuller but more natural looking lips may choose to add volume looking for the ‘golden ratio of beauty’ of 1/1.6 for top to bottom lip, although others looking to reshape their lips may look for more of a 1/1 ratio. Different techniques can be used to reshape the lips such as to accentuate the cupid’s bow or give more vertical height.

Tear Troughs: These are hollowings beneath the lower eyelid and upper cheek bordering on the nose and can be dark and shadowed, resulting in a tired appearance. For some people they are a feature of their face from an early age, for others they may appear as a result of the ageing process. Treatment in this area can be difficult so careful consideration should be given before proceeding, but usually an improvement can be made to the area even if complete resolution is not possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Prior to receiving a treatment with Tu Aesthetica you will be required to have a face-to-face consultation with an aesthetic doctor. They will assess your medical history, discuss your wants and needs, and devise a personalised treatment plan. They will also make clear the risks and benefits of the treatments, give you the opportunity to ask any questions you have, and together you will decide if the treatment is right for you. You will also be required to have photographs taken for insurance purposes prior to any procedure.

Topical local anaesthetic (numbing cream) will be applied to the area to be treated and 20-30mins allowed for this to take effect. Once ready your aesthetic doctor will clean the area with a sterilising solution and make a series of injections either with a fine needle or cannula, and paying careful attention to your individual anatomy will introduce a small amount of dermal filler with each injection. Your aesthetic doctor may choose to combine a number of injection techniques in order to build up sufficient filler in an appropriate pattern to achieve the desired result. The filler will then be massaged in order to smooth out any palpable lumps.

Once consent has been obtained and photographs taken, 20-30mins will be required for the topical local anaesthetic (numbing cream) to take effect. The procedure itself will then take a further 15-30mins depending on the area treated.

When needles are used these are very fine, typically much finer than those used for vaccinations. However, there may need to be a significant number of injections (up to 20 or 30 depending on the area to be treated), and as well as the puncturing of the skin there may also be discomfort on injection of the filler. For this reason a topical local anaesthetic (numbing cream) is typically used, and in order to reduce discomfort only dermal fillers that contain local anaesthetic are used by Tu Aesthetica. If a cannula is used these are slightly thicker, but many fewer injections are needed. Most patients find dermal filler injections are easily tolerable, and you should remember that you can stop any treatment at any time.

  • Avoid touching or rubbing the treated areas for 4 hours.
  • Avoid make-up for 24 hours.
  • Abstain from alcohol and heavy exercise for 24 hours.
  • Avoid extreme heat and cold for up to 1 week post treatment.
  • Stay out of strong sunlight/UV radiation (ie sunbeds) until redness and swelling has resolved.
  • Avoid massaging any lumps in the treated area until reviewed by your aesthetic doctor.

Results are immediate, but the treated area is likely to look more full immediately following your procedure due to swelling. This can take up to 14 days to settle and the final result can be around 20% reduced from that seen immediately.

The duration of treatment results will vary from person to person depending on factors such as level of activity and metabolism, but typically the fillers used by Tu Aesthetica can be expected to last around 12-18 months. It is also possible to reverse the effect of dermal fillers rapidly by the injection of a dissolving solution.

As with all medical procedures there are certain risks involved, but as all dermal filler injections with Tu Aesthetica are performed by a GMC registered doctor these are minimised and are considered a very safe procedure. During your consultation, your doctor will discuss these thoroughly as part of the consent process.

  • Common side effects related to the procedure itself include mild to moderate pain on injection, short lived bleeding at injection sites, and temporary swelling, redness, and bruising of the treated area and its surroundings. Other common effects include temporary lumpiness of the treated area which requires massaging out. Due to the frequency of short lived unsightly complications such as bruising and swelling we advise considering upcoming social events such as weddings prior to undergoing treatment.
  • Less commonly you can be left with slight visibility and/or palpability of filler under the skin, limited or non-response to treatment, or formation of nodules (lumps) around the treated area.
  • Very rarely there can be more serious complications such as allergic or anaphylactic reactions, infection or abscess formation, eruption of cold sores, or vascular occlusion where injection of filler into a blood vessel causes a blockage and risk of necrosis, ulceration/tissue loss, and/or vision loss.

You will be given your doctor’s mobile telephone number in case you need urgent advice.

*VASCULAR OCCLUSION REFERENCED ABOVE IS EASILY TREATABLE IF RECOGNISED EARLY, BUT POTENTIALLY SERIOUS IF MISSED. IF YOU EXPERIENCE WORSENING PAIN, WHITENING OF THE SKIN, VISUAL DISTURBANCES, OR ANY PROGRESSIVELY WORSENING SYMPTOMS AFTER DERMAL FILLER INJECTIONS, CONTACT YOUR AESTHETIC DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY ON THE TELEPHONE NUMBER PROVIDED*

(If you are unable to contact your aesthetic doctor, contact your nearest hospital A&E department stating that you have recently had dermal filler injections, that you are concerned about VASCULAR OCCLUSION, and that you require urgent assessment by a plastics or cosmetics doctor.)

There are a number of different injectable dermal filler products available ranging from permanent, to semi-permanent, to temporary fillers. At Tu Aesthetica we only use temporary dermal fillers as we believe these give the best flexibility to patients, whilst still giving results lasting up to 18 months. We also only use fillers that contain local anaesthetic in order to reduce discomfort on injection.

The temporary dermal fillers we use are clear gel-like cross-linked synthetic materials made up of hyaluronic acid which is a natural biodegradable component of our own skin that can be synthesised. Hyaluronic acid is a hydrophilic glycosaminoglycan which contributes to connective tissue hydration, regulation of cell nutrition, immune cell proliferation (wound repair and regeneration), fibroblast proliferation and hence collagen production, and provides support to dermal collagen and elastin.

In essence they add volume to the areas injected which can smooth lines and wrinkles, restore and re-volumise the skin and facial contours to form a more youthful appearance, and define the shape of certain structures such as the lips. Hyaluronic acid fillers vary in thickness and consistency and these properties are utilised to optimise results in different areas of the face.

They are longer lasting than botulinum toxin and unlike botulinum toxin can be reversed with the enzyme hyaluronidase. The nature of injecting also varies to botulinum toxins, with more force required to inject, and different techniques used.

Dermal filler and other injectable treatments are still largely unregulated in the UK, allowing for wide variation in the qualifications and experience of practitioners and the standard of treatment provided to patients.

At Tu Aesthetica your safety is our number one priority, and therefore, with us you will only have your injections performed by a currently practising, GMC registered, UK trained doctor. Our doctors engage in regular training to remain current, skilled, and professional in the treatments they provide. All of our Doctors also work within the NHS and undergo regular appraisal and revalidation.

It is important that you feel comfortable with your Doctor, not only in their ability and knowledge, but also on a personal level. We encourage all our patients to carefully research the practitioner offering them treatment, and only to make an informed decision on proceeding with treatment once they are comfortable with their experience, their qualifications, and their manner.

At Tu Aesthetica we price dermal filler treatments based on the level of skill and experience needed to inject the different areas, as well as the volume of dermal filler required. The dermal fillers used by Tu Aesthetica are produced by the manufacturer in syringes of 1ml volume, and because of the risk of infection these are single use for one patient only. For this reason prices are charged in multiples of 1ml whether the full volume of 1ml is used or not. For most procedures 1ml is sufficient, although certain procedures are likely to require more (to give a rough idea of volumes, typical single use ketchup sachets given out a fast food restaurants are 10ml). We offer a free review at two weeks, and if a further syringe of filler is required this will be charged at a reduced rate.