The term “dermal fillers” encompasses a wide range of products, and is an expression which describes treatment that restores volume and structure to the face.
Dermal fillers work to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, crepey skin and give a more youthful look. The high levels of HA (hyaluronic acid) have the effect of attracting and retaining water, instantly improving the skin’s appearance and texture by restoring its natural plumpness.
Due to extensive clinical research and progression in the industry, at PHI we use HA fillers; a natural ingredient that is found in the body, but diminishes as we age. They are a popular means of restoring volume to the facial structure, creating a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.Book consultation
"It is important to understand that the treatment you receive is only as good as the skill of the person administering your treatment."
Dr Tapan Patel has many years’ worth of experience in the aesthetics industry and is highly regarded as one of the best injectors in the UK. In addition to his busy clinic list, Dr Patel teaches peers and colleagues on the international stage, and is a Key Opinion Leader for Allergan. Mr Apul Parikh, Dr Benji Dhillon & Dr Nestor are also highly-sought-after Medical Doctors at PHI Clinic. Focusing on achieving natural looking results, their work is both refined and methodical.
Before carrying out treatment, our doctors see each and every patient for a thorough assessment and consultation. No two people are the same and no two cases are the same, therefore, you will receive a bespoke treatment plan based on your particular concerns, medical history or skin condition. This not only ensures your safety is upheld at all times, it also means that you’ll gain optimum results from treatment.
We use a new generation of facial fillers; the Juvéderm range from Allergan, world leaders in surgical and non-surgical aesthetic products. These temporary fillers create subtle enhancements by filling hollows and deep lines to smooth them out for a more youthful appearance.
Juvéderm’s advanced products contain Lidocaine, a local anaesthetic, to help numb the area while simultaneously administering the treatment. This has been proven to improve patients’ experience by reducing any possible discomfort within a matter of minutes, while the treatment itself can take anywhere up to an hour depending on the desired effect and patient.
Conditions treated with Dermal Fillers
Bump On Nose
A bump on the nose, or a dorsal bump, can affect self esteem, especially when pictures are taken profile, as an undesirably shaped bridge, or dorsum, can ruin a photo. A bump on the nose can be genetic, or result from an injury, and is made up of excess bone, excess cartilage, or a mixture of the two. Other names for a bump on your nose include ‘Roman nose’ and ‘aquiline nose&...Read on Book consultation
Periorbital puffiness, also known as puffy eyes, or swollen eyes are a common condition that can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender. Eye bags are sagging or loose skin, dark circles, or mild swelling just below the eye, commonly caused by a range of issues like smoking, alcohol consumption, and lack of sleep.
Other causes include, but are not limited to, loss of fatty tissue, wea...Read on Book consultation
Forehead lines, vertical furrows across the forehead, are caused by the frontalis muscle. As the eyebrows are raised, this muscle contracts to cause wrinkles above the brow. A variety of factors can make these wrinkles worse, including genetics, age, and smoking.... Read on Book consultation
Frown lines, also called glabella lines, are the furrows between the eyebrows, generally shaped like the number 11. These lines can cause self-consciousness and lack of self-confidence in both men and women.
These expression lines can be caused by a variety of factors over the years, including sun damage, smoking, and repetitive facial movements.
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Sagging skin along the lower jawline is commonly referred to as jowls, particularly skin that hangs or sinks below the jaw itself. Jowls can be caused by a variety of factors; natural ageing, genetics, sun damage, weight loss, and smoking being just a few. Generally, jowls begin to appear as we hit our 40s, but some people can experience sagging cheek skin from their 20s onwar...Read on Book consultation
Thin lips can be a a source of self-consciousness for many, especially now, as more and more celebrities are favouring larger lips over their smaller counterparts. There are many factors that can influence the size of lips, ranging from genetics to smoking.
To find the best treatment for your thin lips, book a no obligation consultation at PHI Clinic with one of our highly trained clinic...Read on Book consultation
A weak chin, or recessive, jaw can affect anyone, and though it can cause problems related to speaking and eating, it is more likely to just shake self-confidence or increase self-consciousness. These psychological effects are largely down to media portrayal of a strong jawline as an attractive feature in both men and women.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The procedure takes around 30-45 minutes and patients can expect to notice the effects for as long as 18 months after treatment. There is even precedence of results lasting up to 24 months in some cases.
Facial fillers can be used on a wide range of patients, and is primarily used for skin rejuvenation and the reduction of lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to treat scarring in some cases. Other suitable candidates are those seeking to add structure and volume to the face. There is no known risk to those who are pregnant or breast feeding, but we would advise against having treatment under these circumstances.
We believe that only medically trained clinicians should perform injectable treatments. The result of treatment is only as good as the practitioner. Not only has Dr Tapan performed 1000’s of treatments on a wide range of patient types, he has an artistic eye, bountiful experience and teaches his advance skills to delegates internationally.
These are wrinkles that form in the corner of the eyes. They can be caused by ageing, sun exposure, expressions and smoking.
When we contract our forehead muscles, deep lines can materialise. Also referred to as an “11”, frown lines form in between your eyebrows. Over time, these lines start to linger and prove to be a bugbear for many.
The use of fillers can smooth and fill out these crepey lines, creating a much softer, younger-looking appearance.
Located just below the corners of the mouth, the marionette lines can make you look sad or angry when relaxing your face.
Thin lips are not necessarily a result of ageing; many men and women are born with thinner lips. If you would like to add volume, but avoid an exaggerated look, PHI Clinic can use the most advanced lip fillers to enhance your natural lip shape.
Also referred to as “smile lines”, these lines run down the sides of the nose to the corner of the mouth. Most of us notice these when smiling, laughing or talking, but over time they can develop into static lines.
Ageing usually contributes to volume loss. The round, full look diminishes as the fat pads in our cheeks gravitate downward. Cheek Fillers can be used to plump up the skin.
Inevitably, the skin loses its elasticity and firmness over time. Sun damage in particular can contribute to this aged look on the chest area, and the thinning of the skin can amplify the neck bands, adding years to your appearance.”
With any injectable treatment, there can be some slight bruising or swelling that accompanies it. This should not persist much longer than a day, and is easily cover-able with makeup.
Tabloid newspapers and magazines love to sensationalise. Fact. Sadly, there are people out there who have have botched cosmetic work done, and as a result have exaggerated, excessive looks achieved by dermal fillers. In the past, facial fillers have contained harmful ingredients that are either too bulky and robust for the area they were used for, or had side-effects associated with them.
Being a relatively young industry, it is comparatively very advanced and forward-thinking to traditional medicine, which has taken hundreds of years to fine tune to the standard that it is today. In the last twenty years or so, the cosmetic industry have managed to develop new ways to treat patients for a whole range of indications and conditions, and have drastically improved the way patients are treated, the results that can be achieved, and how they come about.
Rest assured, if the clinician uses the correct type of product, and has the required skill-set needed to inject, results can appear natural and sophisticated.
While there are permanent fillers available on the market, we do not use them at PHI, nor do we believe in them.
We promote the use of temporary fillers, as patients should have the ultimate say on what they would like from their treatment. If permanent fillers are used, there runs the risk of the patient not liking the result achieved and not being able to reverse the effects of treatment.
With HA fillers, not only are the results temporary, they can also be reversed with a special product called hyalase. The majority of reverse work carried out at PHI is with patients who have had previous treatments elsewhere. We state to filler patients that it is reversible, and this work can be done at PHI, to add reassurance. You will always be in control of your results.
This is a possible side-effect to treatment, yes. Patients are not advised to massage the area themselves, as this may move the product. After a few weeks, your clinician will invite you back to make minor adjustments, if needed. They use a special massage technique which settles the product and what is left will be the final result.
9 times out of 10, family and friends won’t notice cosmetic treatment, instead recognising (especially with dermal fillers) a more youthful or refreshed look. At PHI Clinic, we aim to leave the patient with a look that enhances natural assets, rather than distorting them, and treat all patients with this in mind.
The most popular fillers we use are from the Juvéderm VYCROSS® range by Allergan.
Volbella is designed specifically for the lip and mouth area. The gel fills in lip lines and wrinkles, augmenting the lips and perioral areas.
Voluma is used to replenish lost volume, especially in the cheeks, and can improve the overall shape of your face.
Volift can be used on various areas, including the lips, the nasolabial folds and around the brow line. It is used to compliment the other products and elevate the features, reducing the appearance of medium to deep lines and depressions.
Before and after Dermal Fillers treatment
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