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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer for The Private Clinic of Harley Street, London.
Last Reviewed June 15th 2023

Dermal Fillers

From lip shaping and eye bag reduction to nose reshaping and cheek enhancement. Our dermal filler treatments target a range of areas for facial rejuvenation.

At The Private Clinic, all of our injectable treatments are carried out by expert cosmetic doctors, nurses, or surgeon prescribers, who have undergone extensive additional training to qualify in prescribing and performing Dermal Filler injection treatments.

Our dermal filler facial rejuventation clinics are location in London Harley Street, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are a cosmetic treatment that aims to add volume and fullness to the face whilst also softening lines, creases, and hollows to restore a more youthful appearance. The treatment involves injecting a natural substance called hyaluronic acid under the skin with a very fine needle or cannula. The treatment is temporary lasting between 6 to 18 months before it is naturally absorbed by the body.

Which dermal filler should I choose?

We only use the highest quality brand of temporary fillers including Teoxane and Juvederm®. We use reputable manufacturers such as Allergan who are the world leader in dermal fillers and maker of wrinkle relaxing injections.

In 2022 Teoxane® was Awarded Best Injectable Product for hyaluronic acid facial fillers in the Safety in Beauty Awards.

We offer specific dermal filler ranges suitable for specific areas of the face and include Teoxane Teosal RHA® dynamic filler range, Teosyal® Puresense range, Juvederm Voluma, Volite, Vollure, Volbella, and Ultra XC.

What parts of the face can be treated with dermal fillers?

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  • Under the eyes (Tear Trough) for hollowing and dark circles
  • Cheeks (create a fuller cheek or a high cheek bone look)
  • Lips (Vermillion border and lip augmentation)
  • Lip Lines (Smoker’s Lines) plumper and fuller lips
  • Nose to mouth lines (Naso-labial folds)
  • Mouth to Chin lines (Marionette lines)
  • Chin (defined chin with fillers) / jaw line definition
  • Nose (Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty / non surgical nose job)
  • Hands
  • 8 point lift or MD codes (creates a non surgical facelift by lifting the face in the areas which sag)

Dermal Fillers are a popular non-invasive treatment that can:

  • Restore volume to hollowed areas
  • Contour your face and chin
  • Tackle fine lines and wrinkles
  • Add definition to your face
  • Plump up areas that need more volume

Our specialist ‘8 Point Lift‘ treatment commonly known as a liquid facelift or non surgical facelift can even replicate the effects of a Facelift without the downtime.

Benefits of Dermal Filler Treatment

  • Treatment is quick taking 10-15 minutes.
  • Performed in-clinic with minimal downtime.
  • Results can be seen within 24-48 hours.
  • No scarring
  • Can be combined with other treatments such as Ultherapy and 8 Point Lift.
  • Treatment can help to encourage natural collagen production.

The Private Clinic’s top tips for dermal fillers

  1. Spend time researching the clinic. Do they have Trust Pilot 5 star rating?
  2. Research the safety and expertise of your dermal filler doctor.
  3. Make sure only the best dermal filler products are used: the type of dermal filler is important.
  4. Go slow, you can always have a top up filler later on.
  5. Take time to discuss what you want. A good skin clinic spends time discussing what you really want to achieve.

Dermal Fillers at a glance

Procedure Time
30 mins

24 – 48 hrs

Final Results
2 weeks

No. of Treatments
Dependant on patient

Results Last
4 – 13 months


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Dermal Filler Before & After Photos

Lines and wrinkles are smoothed out and the skin appears plumper and younger. Areas lacking in volume and shape now have more definition, with a fuller appearance.

What to Expect

The Private Clinic has been treating patients for over 40 years with thousands of people placing their trust in us each year. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personalised service. We have a team of friendly nurses and expert surgeons who understand the importance of this decision and will support you throughout your journey with us.

Your Dermal Filler Consultation

A consultation is the best place to start when considering any type of aesthetic treatment.

A dermal filler consultation is held in person at a clinic local to you.

A thorough discussion will take place with one of our doctors, nurses or surgeons who will take the time to analyse your skin, go through your medical history, listen to your concerns and discuss your desired results. They will then share the best treatment options for you and your facial anatomy, and ensure that you understand what you realistically can acheive from dermal filler treatment.

After your consultation you should feel confident and well informed about the recommended treatment/s, the recovery, likely outcomes and the predicted costs with no obligation to book.

You will be given some time to think about your treatment options before deciding to book a procedure date should you wish to go ahead.

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Your Dermal Filler Procedure

Dermal Fillers, made from Hyaluronic Acid, are the most popular volume enhancing treatments. They are commonly used to restore plumpness and volume to the area being treated, define the shape of the face and to reduce facial lines, creases and hollowing.

Dermal filler treatment can producing safe, long-lasting and natural looking results. It is a safe and effective cosmetic and aesthetic treatment when administered by a qualified and experienced practitioner.

There are many dermal fillers on the market that are substandard in terms of ingredients and quality. The Private Clinic uses only the highest quality brand of temporary fillers, including Teoxane and Juvederm which are renowned for their superior standards. You will only be treated by qualified and certified doctors and nurses to inject fillers.

Before your dermal filler appointment, we recommend that you avoid drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours, avoid taking any medication that includes NSAIDs, aspirin, vitamin E, and ginseng for 1 week. We also recommend that you avoid wearing heavy makeup to your appointment.

What happens during a dermal filler procedure?

On the day of your dermal filler treatment, your practitioner will go over the planned treatment and ensure that you are still happy to proceed. You will be given the choice of local anesthetic which can help alleviate any needle fears.

Small amounts of dermal filler are injected directly into the skin using an ultrafine needle. Sometimes a cannula may be used.

The filler gel helps to plump up the skin, thereby smoothing out lines and wrinkles.

When lips or facial contours are being treated, the filler adds volume, restores shape and gives a fuller appearance.

Our policy is ‘less is more’ so we will always aim to give you a natural, subtle look.

Types of Dermal Filler Treatment that we offer

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Your Dermal Fillers Aftercare

Immediately following your dermal filler treatment you may experience some redness, bruising, swelling, or tenderness. This is a normal reaction and is a result of the injections, it will disappear within a few days. Swelling after dermal filler treatment can last for up to 7 days.

Bruising after dermal filler is often associated with poor technique but this is not always the case. Bruising is very common after the use of a needle or cannula. Your own predisposition to bleeding will determine how much bruising you should expect to see following treatment.

To help patients avoid bruising we advise that any medications containing NSAIDs, aspirin, vitamin E, and ginseng are avoided in the week before dermal filler treatment. We also advise that these medications are also not used in the week following treatment.

It is also best to avoid:

  • Applying pressure on or touching the area for the first 48hrs.
  • Heat-inducing activities for 24hrs such as strenuous exercise, spas, saunas, and hot showers.
  • Hot food or drinks until the topical numbing cream has worn off.
  • Applying make-up or cosmeceutical products (AHAs, retinol, vitamin C) for 24hrs.
  • Drinking alcohol for at least 24hrs but ideally 7 days.
  • Kissing for at least 24hrs.
  • Skin treatments or laser treatments for 2 weeks following treatment.

Arnica cream can be used following treatment to help soothe and calm the skin.

It is best not to have Dermal Filler treatment at least 2 weeks before an important event, party, or occasion in case of any side effects.

Dermal Filler Review Appointments

All dermal filler patients are offered a review appointment 2 weeks following their treatment date. Our expert aesthetic nurses or doctors will examine the treated area, and together, you’ll be able to discuss the final results. This includes deciding whether you’d like any adjustments to the existing filler placement to be made or further volume which may require additional dermal filler treatment.

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What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal Fillers are made from Hyaluronic Acid which is found naturally in the body. Hyaluronic Acid absorbs moisture which creates a plumping effect which is why it is great for restoring areas that have lost volume.

Different types of filler will have different levels of thickness which have all been designed to use in different areas of the face.

At The Private Clinic we use a range of filler ranges including Teoxane RHA® and following a consultation with your doctor, nurse or surgeon they will be able to determine the most suitable one to achieve the best possible results.

What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid, also known as also known as Hyaluronan, Hyaluronate or HA is a natural substance that is found in our body. Its main job is to attract and hold large quantities of moisture and is able to hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water which helps to hydrate the skin. It also acts as an antioxidant and removes unstable free radicals from the skin. Hyaluronic acid is also great at maintaining skin elasticity, cushioning the joints and nerve tissues and its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory functions are able to maintain the fluid in the tissues of the eye.

50 percent of hyaluronic acid is found in your skin and it is able to plump out the skin reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As we age the production of hyaluronic acid in our body slows down which as a result can affect the appearance and texture of our skin.

Hyaluronic acid can be injected into the dermis of the skin to fill and plump areas of the face which is known as dermal filler treatment. Click here to book a dermal filler consultation to find out more.

What happens at a dermal filler consultation?

A consultation is the best place to start when considering any type of treatment. A dermal filler consultation at The Private Clinic is a thorough discussion with one of our doctors, nurses or surgeons who will take the time to analyse your skin, go through your medical history and discuss your desired results. After your consultation you should feel confident and well informed about your treatment.

To make a dermal filler consultation at a clinic near you click here.

What does the treatment involve?

Small amounts of dermal filler are injected directly into the skin using an ultrafine needle. The gel helps to plump up the skin, thereby smoothing out lines and wrinkles. If the lips or facial contours are being treated, the filler adds volume, restores shape and gives a fuller appearance. Our policy is ‘less is more’ so we will always aim to give you a natural, subtle look.

Who will perform my dermal filler treatment?

Although Dermal Filler treatments are currently unregulated in the UK meaning that any aesthetic practitioner can perform them, here at The Private Clinic you will only ever be treated by a fully trained and experienced registered nurse, doctor or surgeon.

Click here to meet one of our highly experienced nurses, doctors or surgeons to find out more about dermal fillers.

What are the best dermal fillers for the face?

The majority of dermal fillers are all suited to be used in the face. The best one for you will depend on what area of the face you are looking to treat. Dermal Fillers come in a variety of formulations, some with larger gel particles than others which will determine the amount of volume or lift that can be achieved.

At The Private Clinic, we most commonly use the Teoxane RHA® range of dermal fillers.

We also use the Juvederm® brand of fillers including Juvederm® Volbella, Juvederm® Voluma, and Juvederm® Smile.

At your consultation, we can discuss the range of dermal fillers that are available and talk through which one will be the best to use.

Do the injections hurt?

Most dermal fillers include an added anaesthetic, which makes the treatment virtually painless. Topical anaesthetic can also be applied prior to treatment to make it more comfortable.

Can I take painkillers before / after dermal filler treatment?

We recommend that you avoid taking any anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen or aspirin before having dermal fillers. These medications can increase your risk of bruising, swelling and bleeding. If you are in discomfort after the procedure, you can take paracetamol but you must again avoid anti-inflammatory painkillers for 2 days after treatment.

How long does the treatment take?

The length of the treatment will depend on the areas being filled, but generally the procedure takes about 30 minutes.

How soon will I see the results?

Dermal fillers work instantly so you’ll see the results straight away although you may notice some initial swelling and bruising which will usually subside within a week.

Will I look different?

Dermal fillers will cause a change to your face but you should not appear unrecognisable after treatment. Our doctors, nurses and surgeons at The Private Clinic have been trained to base your treatment around the natural contours of your face.

How long will the results last?

The results of dermal filler can last between 4 and 13 months depending on the type of filler used and the area treated. The effects of filler will fade gradually over time and your doctor, nurse or surgeon will be able to give you an idea of when to visit again for additional treatment to help maintain your results. If you decide not to continue with dermal filler injections then the gel will naturally be absorbed by your body.

Are there any side effects?

There will be some redness, tenderness and swelling around the treated area immediately after the injection. You might also feel an itching sensation. All side effects should subside after a couple of hours.

Do I need downtime after Dermal Filler injections?

There is no downtime after dermal filler treatment. You may experience some redness, bruising, swelling or tenderness after the treatment so it is best not to have the treatment before an event, party or occasion but these effects will all clear up within a fortnight.

Can I drink alcohol before or after having dermal filler injections?

We recommend that you ideally avoid alcohol 24 hours prior to having dermal filler treatment as this will reduce your risk of bruising, swelling or bleeding. After treatment you should not drink alcohol for at least 24 hours as this will then reduce the risk of inflammation.

Is Dermal Filler safe?

Dermal Filler is made up from Hyaluronic Acid which is found naturally in the body meaning that the likelihood of your body having a reaction to the filler is extremely rare. Dermal Fillers are only unsafe when performed by unqualified practitioners. We are proud members of ‘Treatments You Can Trust’ which is a Government-backed quality register. Safety is always our number one priority here at The Private Clinic. Your treatment will only be carried out by a highly qualified doctor, nurse of surgeon in a safe medical environment.

What are dermal filler side effects?

All cosmetic and aesthetic procedures come with some risks. Common side effects associated with dermal filler include redness, swelling and bruising at the treatment site. Significant side effects from dermal filler are extremely uncommon but can include; contour irregularities, infection, necrosis and blindness.

Can Dermal Filler be removed?

We will spend a lot of time before your procedure to discuss your expectations. If you are still not happy with the results of your dermal filler treatment, trained doctors, nurses and surgeons can administer a solution known as hyaluronidase which can counteract the effects of hyaluronic acid-based fillers dissolving them almost instantly. Kylie Jenner has announced that she is removing her dermal fillers from her lips. This is a process that can be done if you do not like the lip filler look. However in most cases the dermal filler will last 4 – 13 months, we do not advise on permanent lip fillers. At The Private Clinic we believe a more conservative initial first time approach of starting with a smaller amount of lip filler is best. If you would prefer a more fuller lip our medical experts can always add additional dermal lip filler to create a fuller pout.

Can I have dermal fillers whilst pregnant?

Although the safety of fillers in pregnancy has not been established through rigorous scientific testing at The Private Clinic we do not perform any injectable treatments on patients who are pregnant or breast feeding.

What are different types of dermal fillers?

There are several types of dermal fillers and a range of different formulations.

We most commonly use Teoxane® dermal filler ranges at The Private Clinic. Juvederm® dermal fillers are also used.

To understand which type of dermal filler is going to be best for you. We recommend a no-obligation consultation with one of our expert aesthetic nurses or doctors. They will go through the ranges we use in our clinics and assess which would be most suitable depending on your skin texture and area/s you would like treated. Get in touch to find out more. 

What should I do before having Dermal Fillers?

There are a few things that you can do to help ensure that your skin is ready for your dermal filler treatment. This includes not drinking alcohol for 2-3 days prior to your appointment, this helps to lessen your risk of bleeding and bruising. It is also advised that you avoid consuming garlic, fish oils, ibuprofen and aspirin for 1 week prior to your appointment as these can all thin your blood making bruising more likely.

It is also good if you have had plenty of rest the night before treatment so you arrive to your appointment feeling calm and relaxed.

Bruising and swelling post dermal filler treatments are always going to be a risk and where you can take steps to avoid these, you should always be aware that it could still occur if you are prone to bruising.

What areas can dermal fillers treat?

Dermal fillers can be used in a variety of areas including;

Under the eyes / Tear Trough

Cheeks due to loss of volume/ High Cheek Bone Definition

Lips / Thin Lips / Lip Augmentation

Lip Lines / Smokers Lines / Vermillion Border


Nose / Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

Nose to mouth lines / Naso-Labial Folds

Mouth to chin lines / Marionette Lines

Jawline definition


Click here to book a free appointment to discuss Dermal filler treatment with one of our specialised doctors, nurses or surgeons.

What is the difference between Wrinkle Injections and Dermal Filler injections?

Although both classed as injectable treatments there is a big difference between Wrinkle Injections and Dermal Fillers.

Wrinkle injections work to relax the muscle that causes the wrinkles to appear whereas Dermal Fillers fill the treated area with Hyaluronic Acid which adds volume and reduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles and sunken areas of the face.

Both treatments can be highly effective in reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles and we suggest that you visit us for a consultation where our specialist doctors, nurses or surgeons will be able to help you decide which treatment is best for you.

Click here to make a consultation at a clinic local to you.

How much does Dermal Fillers cost?

The cost of dermal filler treatment will vary from patient to patient as it will depend on:

  • The type of dermal filler
  • How much dermal filler is required (i.e. 0.5ml, 1ml or greater)
  • How many areas you wish to be treated (e.g. lips, cheeks, jaw line)

The best way to get an idea of how much dermal filler treatment is going to cost is to book a consultation with one of our expert aesthetic doctors or nurses who will be able to provide you with an individual treatment plan to help you get the results you wish to achieve.

Consultations with our expert doctors or nurses are £50 however this cost can be redeemable against the price of treatment should you wish to book following your consultation.

Dermal Filler prices start from £275 at The Private Clinic.

To find out more, or to book a dermal filler  consultation please contact us using our online contact form.

Our prices are competitive and we only use experienced and qualified medical professionals at The Private Clinic to administer our dermal fillers. We believe our patients deserve the utmost safety in our care and we are committed to offering reliable, effective results.

See our reviews here and before and after photos here.

Our Regulator

Our service has been rigorously assessed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) with whom all our clinics are registered. CQC Reg No: 1-3487232249

How to choose a dermal filler clinic?

(1) We recommend that patients ensure they go to a reputable clinic. The Private Clinic is one of the longest standing companies in the cosmetic sector, due to our outstanding reputation and our market-leading safety standards.

(2) Secondly ask who will be performing the treatment and how much experience they have. We believe that only healthcare professionals should be allowed to inject meaning only doctors or nurses.

(3) Thirdly ask what type of fillers they will be using, whether permanent or temporary, so that you are able to make an informed choice. In our opinion, temporary fillers are safer and results are more stable.

(4) Finally, should they use a brand you don’t recognise, ask for more information on the company producing them. We have always been using only reputable suppliers, such as Galderma and Allergan for Teoxane® and Juvéderm®, products with high safety standards, which are long established.

Is there a dermal filler clinic near me?

The Private Clinic has clinics nationwide so we are sure to have a clinic located near to you.

Dermal filler London

London – 98 Harley street, W1G7HZ

Dermal filler Manchester

Manchester – 25 St John Street, M3 4DT

Dermal filler Birmingham

Birmingham – 88 Hagley Road, B16 8LU – West Midlands

Dermal filler Leeds

Leeds – 45 Park Square North, LS1 2NP – Yorkshire

Dermal filler Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex and Surrey

Buckinghamshire 84 Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, Slough, SL2 4LF – South East England

Dermal filler Northampton

Northampton – 82 Billing Road, NN1 5DF – East Midlands

To find out more about booking a consultation at a clinic near you, contact us here.

Deral Filler Patient Stories

Outstanding care, patient satisfaction and results mean everything to The Private Clinic Team

Read about our patients’ experiences with dermal filler treatment to see what you can expect.

Why Choose The Private Clinic

  • Established for over 40 years delivering expert care with thousands placing their trust in us each year.
  • Expert medical practitioners who have undergone extensive additional training to qualify in prescribing and performing dermal filler treatments.
  • State of the art medical facilities, all registered by the CQC (Care Quality Commission).
  • Our innovative treatment choice means you will be offered the most advanced minimally invasive treatment options.
  • When it comes to non-surgical treatments we always strive to give you little to no downtime, so you can get back to enjoying life.
  • 5 Star Trustpilot Rating
  • Dermal filler clinics available nationwide in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton.
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