Dermal fillers are a safe and easy way to bring back volume and vitality to the face when the years have begun to take their toll.

For that reason this versatile treatment has become extremely popular, with enquiries up 24% in 2016 across the UK and lip fillers becoming the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment (WhatClinic).

They are designed to be used on the lines that are visible when the facial muscles aren’t moving, known as static lines, giving a subtle lift and a refreshed look. They work by using hyaluronic acid, a natural substance in the human body that attracts water to the skin.

Hyaluronic acid naturally depletes with age, which is one of the reasons why older people appear to lose volume in their cheeks and their skin develops more and more lines.

Dermal fillers are simply a safe way of putting hyaluronic acid back into the skin to plump it up, and the added volume softens existing lines as well as helping to prevent new ones from developing.

Because hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body dermal fillers are unlikely to produce an allergic reaction, although we will check your medical history before treatment begins.

In the consultation we will examine your face, neck and upper chest and explain the treatment options in detail. All our recommendations are for subtle improvements in appearance.

It takes about 20 minutes to administer the fillers using a small needle. There will be a brief and small amount of discomfort while the injections take place and some effects will be visible immediately.

When the serum settles 2 or 3 days later the full results will be visible, which last from 6 to 24 months. Possible side effects include temporary tenderness, redness, swelling or, in rare cases, bruising.

The extent to which these side effects occur is largely down to the skill of the practitioner who is injecting the dermal fillers — at Aquae Sulis the same high standard of clinical excellence is delivered in our facial aesthetics treatments as our renowned dental treatments.