Enhancing Your Features with Injectables: Are Dermal Fillers Worth It?

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Many people seeking to enhance their features with injectables has risen in popularity to where they are now one of the most requested cosmetic treatments in our London clinic. Celebrities and YouTube influencers show off their plump lips and raised cheekbones and then these procedures trickle down to the general population. Everyone wants to look good and feel comfortable in their skin, so dermal fillers and Botox can enhance your features without much fuss. 

Many skin-enhancing injectables were greeted with hesitation at first because Botox is a toxin after all. But as its reputation grew and the results and techniques improved — as does the popularity of cosmetic injectables. The results one can achieve from facial fillers can be amazing in the hands of an expert who understands facial symmetry and the right technique to make you look natural. Some people choose to do Botox or dermal fillers alone as they serve different purposes. While some use a combination of filler types to achieve a particular look. It’s not hard to see why these procedures are gaining more and more popularity. But are dermal fillers worth it? 

Today we share with you the most sought after dermal filler procedures and the areas on the face that are the best to enhance so you can choose which is right for you. You may want to subtly enhance one or two features of your face like your cheekbones and lips. Think about the results you want to achieve and then together, we’ll work out a plan to see if it’s possible. We can’t completely change your look, and we wouldn’t want to. The goal of dermal fillers is to enhance the facial features you already have to give you a more youthful glow and boost your self-confidence. 

We get loads of enquiries about facial fillers and the safety of these procedures. Below you’ll find the most common questions about dermal fillers and everything you need to know about our most popular facial enhancing procedures. Get in touch if you have further questions, and we can set you up with a free consultation to see if dermal fillers are right for you. 

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Our line of dermal fillers is made of a synthetic biodegradable hyaluronic acid (HA) that is similar to the natural HA produced in our bodies. Dermal fillers can also be made with calcium hydroxylapatite, which is a mineral found in our bones. Hyaluronic acid is not a fake substance you need to worry about — it is found naturally under our skin, so there are no allergic reactions that can happen. HA is a common ingredient in many skincare products, but the results from topical use vary. No anti-wrinkle cream will ever give the same results as injecting hyaluronic acid into the skin.

Dermal fillers can also be called facial or face fillers or cosmetic injectables. Dermal fillers can help to rejuvenate the skin, as well as enhance the shape or fullness in certain areas of the face. They have the bonus of reducing wrinkles, fading fine lines, reversing the loss of volume and rehydrating deeper skin layers. Many types of fillers serve different purposes and various techniques are used depending on the area of the face you want to enhance.

What Type of Dermal Filler Is Used?

There are several types of dermal fillers on the market that have different textures and add varying density to areas of the face. It’s important to choose a skilled doctor or aesthetician for your procedure to make sure the best filler is used to achieve your desired results. Some fillers are thick and are used to add volume and plumpness to facial features, and some are better for softening fine lines. You’ll discuss your desires at the first consultation, so the injector will know which filler (or fillers) are best for your needs. The brands Juvéderm and Restylane are the most commonly used brand of dermal fillers.

What Are the Most Popular Facial Filler Treatments?

We offer many procedures to enhance facial features using HA dermal fillers. Our clients love the results and think it’s worth it for the many benefits they receive from injectables. Below are the most popular areas of the face we use dermal fillers to create an enhanced yet natural look for our clients.  


Dermal fillers are used as our first choice for cheek augmentation, which can give you the fuller or more pronounced cheekbones you’re after. Enhancing the cheeks can alter the profile or shape of your face, leaving you looking more youthful and balanced. 

Under-Eye or Tear Trough

This delicate and precise treatment involves the careful injection of filler into the tear trough under your eye. Once injected, it is gently massaged into the surrounding areas (usually sunken bags or under eyes) to help make the under-eye area smoother, firmer and less sunken. This procedure can also help reduce dark circles under the eyes. 

Chin or Jawline

The chin or jawline reshaping treatment is popular with both men and women for different purposes. Women after want a slimmer, more elongated jawline while men want a squarer, more chiselled jawline. We can even use dermal fillers to help reduce imperfections in the chin, like dimples or unevenness. 


As you can imagine, lip enhancement is one of our most popular treatments for people of all ages. We can make the lips bigger or balance them out if one lip is smaller than the other. With lip fillers, you want to take the less is more approach and don’t overdo it.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Results can vary between individuals and depending on which type of filler is being used. Dermal fillers made with HA usually last for six months to a year, with some lasting up to 18 months. The body naturally breaks down HA dermal fillers over time, so most clients come into the clinic around once a year for a top-up on their fillers. It’s important to understand that dermal fillers are not a permanent solution but are a great addition to any anti-ageing regimen. The goal is not to use too much filler, so you look natural and not puffy like some celebrities you see with overdone fillers.

Does Dermal Filler Procedure Hurt?

Everyone’s pain tolerance is different, but we do use a numbing cream for our dermal filler procedures to help ease the pain. There is also a mild anaesthetic called lidocaine within the injection itself. Some people feel a little discomfort as the filler is injected and massaged into place. The results are immediate, and there is practically zero downtime. The entire procedure takes anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes, depending on how much of the face you are enhancing.

Are Dermal Fillers Safe?

Dermal fillers are safe for use in all areas of the face and are EU and FDA-approved. As we’ve said before, you want an experienced practitioner to perform your procedure to ensure your safety. Hyaluronidase can dissolve hyaluronic acid-based filler if you decide you don’t like the look. Meaning they can be removed if needed, giving you peace of mind.

Are There Side Effects to Dermal Fillers?

You may experience slight bruising, swelling or redness around the injection site, which usually subsides within a day or two. There is also a small risk of local infection. Complications from dermal fillers are rare, but there are always risks associated with any cosmetic procedure. The doctor will discuss all the pre and post-treatment recommendations to follow to ensure you have a safe experience.     

How Much Do Dermal Fillers Cost in the UK?

Pricing starts at £350 depending on the type(s) of filler used for your personalised treatment plan. We encourage our clients to go for a natural look, and it’s better to start with less and work your way up. You can always come back in two weeks for a top-up — we may use half a syringe to start, then if you decide you want to use the rest, we can do so at your follow up appointment. 

Whether you are looking for a full, sensuous pout, want to enhance your cheekbones or jawline, or soften wrinkles, our dermal filler procedures are the most popular at Harley Street MD.

Book a free, no-obligation consultation at our central London, Harley Street clinic today, and let us help you achieve the look you have always wanted.

Dr. Chia Tan
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