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What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are quick injectable treatments that can soften facial wrinkles and lines and fill out hollows to recreate the smooth contours of younger skin.

Fillers are very popular with those seeking a swift, non-surgical solution for aging skin that has lost volume as the collagen that previously helped to shape and support it has disappeared.

Dermal fillers achieve fantastic, long-lasting results. The active ingredient, hyaluronic acid, is naturally found in the skin, tendons and muscles of humans and therefore naturally combats an array of natural aging symptoms such as wrinkles, aging lines, nasolabial folds, crow's feet, frown lines and 'sad mouth lines'. It can also be used to augment lip volume and contour.

Dermal fillers can also be used to treat scars including acne scarring or scars acquired through injury or surgery, as well as other age-related depressions in the skin.

There are permanent and temporary fillers available. However, here at the Cadogan Clinic, we only use the best temporary fillers available on the market today.

For some patients, surgery such as a face lift may ultimately be the most appropriate procedure to achieve the desired results. But minimally invasive treatments, such as dermal fillers, can help to push back the time when a surgical procedure may be required.

Because our dermal fillers are only temporary, ongoing treatments will be needed in order to maintain a long-term result.  After a while, you may wish to consider a more permanent solution to tackle the signs of aging.

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Beauty therapists can legally administer dermal filler injections in the UK. However, we would always recommend that you go to a qualified and experienced consultant at a reputable medical clinic. If dermal fillers are delivered by someone who lacks the necessary experience, qualifications or medical knowledge, then this can potentially lead to some serious complications. These can include infection, lumps under the skin, filler moving away from the treatment area which may require surgery, and blocked blood vessels in the face, which can cause tissue death and even permanent blindness. We have invited a selection of the country's very best consultants to join us at the Cadogan Clinic so that you can be sure that you will be seeing one of the top practitioners in the country for your dermal fillers.

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Mr. Hazim Sadideen is a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He graduated from Guy's, King's and St. Thomas'...

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What are the different types of dermal filler used at the Cadogan Clinic?

There are several different types of dermal fillers and choosing the right type for you will depend on your desired results.

At the Cadogan Clinic we only use temporary or 'resorbable' fillers based on naturally occurring hyaluronic acid that dissolves over time, as these are the safest and lower the risk of any long term side effects.

There are many different types of temporary fillers. At the Cadogan Clinic, we only use the following best in-class brands:

  • Juvederm: An industry leading filler product made by Allergan and the most popular hyaluronic product on the market with over 30 million users worldwide. There are several products in the Juvederm family, each tailored to target specific problems when injected into different parts of the body and to different depths.
  • Restylane: Another industry leading filler product, this filler is made by Galderma, and another exceptionally popular product on the market. As well as tackling moderate to severe wrinkles and folds on the face, products from the Restylane family are also used to treat the signs of aging on the hands. It is typically used on the nasolabial folds, cheeks, lips and around the mouth.

Your consultant will choose the filler which is best suited to your needs.

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Why Do People Have It?

Whilst there are many different types of dermal filler treatment, filler treatments typically seek to reduce the signs of ageing and rejuvenate the facial appearance by restoring volume and fullness to the face area

Some common reasons include:

  • Enhance shallow contours and add volume
  • Soften facial lines and wrinkles
  • Plump thin lips
  • Improve the appearance of recessed scars
  • Reconstruct contour deformities in the face
  • Decrease or remove the shadow of the lower lids or ‘tear troughs’ 

What are the benefits of dermal fillers at Cadogan Clinic?

Dermal fillers are a popular treatment option. There are a number of reasons for this.

  • Dermal fillers take as little as 10 to 15 minutes to administer, and there is no need for a general anesthetic, meaning you can leave the clinic straightaway. There is no downtime required at all, so once you have had your fillers, you are free to return to work and the rest of your day-to-day activities, while following the aftercare instructions issued by your consultant.
  • Another big plus point for dermal fillers is that the treatment produces fast results. The differences will be obvious immediately and you will not have to wait long for the final result to come through.
  • The results look natural and can be so subtle that it will not be obvious that you have had fillers. However if you are seeking a more dramatic looking result, we can help you achieve this too.
  • Dermal fillers are carried out using a very fine needle, meaning there are no scars left behind, unlike surgical procedures such as the face lift.
  • Dermal fillers can be carried out alongside other treatments to enhance the overall result, for example fillers can be used alongside botox in an 8 point lift.
  • Another bonus of using dermal fillers is that they can stimulate natural collagen and elastin production, which are vital to maintaining plump, youthful skin.

Our consultants are experts in their field and are all qualified and highly experienced in administering dermal fillers, so you can be assured you are in the very best hands.

If you are looking for dermal fillers in London, our award-winning clinic is conveniently located on Sloane Street, Chelsea.

Dermal filler treatment areas

Dermal fillers can be used on various areas of the face to restore lost volume and smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. The use of fillers on even just one area of the face can leave the whole face looking rejuvenated and lifted.

Depending on what you hope to achieve, you can have dermal fillers injected into a number of areas in the same treatment.

Dermal fillers can rejuvenate the lips which have lost their volume or lack definition. Lip body treatments plump up the lips while keeping their shape. Fillers can also be used to contour the cupid bow, the v-shape on the top lip. The philtrum column, that is the two vertical lines running from the nose to the upper lip, can also be enhanced with the use of fillers.

Cheek fillers restore youthful plumpness to this part of the face, lifting the cheek bones and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Cheek fillers can eliminate the problem of sunken cheeks, which are a natural sign of aging.

These are the two lines which run from the corners of the nose down to the corners of the mouth. These are visible when we smile, but if they are still visible when the face is neutral, then this is when some people opt for fillers.

These stubborn lines appear on the skin between and above the eyebrows and above the nose. These are caused by muscle activity when we smile, frown or laugh. Due to their position on the face, these lines can be very prominent and noticeable. Dermal fillers will eliminate any glabellar lines.

Fillers can soften the appearance of a prominent or angular chin, smooth out any dimples and improve a person’s profile. 

These lines run from the corners of the mouth downwards. This gives the appearance of the mouth being pulled downwards in an exaggerated frown. Dermal fillers will improve the shape of the area.

This is the horizontal line between the chin and lower lip, which can get deeper with age. Dermal filler treatment will remove any lines that may have appeared.

There are multiple benefits of using dermal fillers on the jaw line. This treatment can create a more defined jawline and pin back any sagging skin, improving the appearance of a double chin. On men, this can help to establish a more masculine jawline.

As with other parts of the face, the brow can sag as part of the aging process. Dermal fillers can help to lift the brow, making the eyes appear more alert and refreshed, which can transform the face.

Fillers can be used to eliminate stubborn little forehead creases.

Hollowed temples can be a problem for some people as they age. Dermal fillers will help to reintroduce lost volume to this delicate area.

Tear troughs fillers can help to refresh and rejuvenate the under eye area by eliminating dark circles and hollows caused by aging or genetics.

As we age, our earlobes can wrinkle and sag, just like any other part of the face. This problem can be compounded by years of wearing heavy earrings. Dermal fillers plump up the earlobes and help to protect the skin from tearing.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty, also known as the 15-minute nose job, is a quick and effective way of modifying the shape of your nose, smoothing out lumps and bumps or making the tip of the nose more prominent.

Dermal fillers are frequently used in non-surgical face lifts. This is a bespoke combination of non surgical treatments designed to tackle common concerns such as wrinkles and sagging skin, without the need for surgery.

The 8 point lift is a non-surgical facelift which aims to rejuvenate and lift eight key areas of the face using a combination of dermal fillers and botox. The eight strategic areas encompass the cheek bones, tear troughs, nasolabial fold, mouth corners, pre-jowl folds, the jawline and lower cheeks. The results are comparable with face lift surgery, but without the downtime, cost and risk.

Aging hands can benefit from dermal fillers. As we age and our collagen levels deplete, our skin loses its youthful volume and elasticity. As a result, the bones, veins and tendons in our hands become more prominent. Dermal fillers can rejuvenate the hands.


What to expect during your filler consultation at the Cadogan Clinic?

Due to our underlying medical philosophy and strict medical standards, we only offer dermal filler treatments by trained consultant dermatologists or plastic surgeons. Not only is this safer, but is proven to deliver superior aesthetic outcomes.

You will meet with one of our highly trained cosmetic dermatologists or surgeons our Clinic on Sloane Street, Chelsea for a no-obligation in-person assessment.

Your consultant will discuss the following with you at this consultation:

  • The best options for you and your facial anatomy, and the results that you would likely achieve
  • An explanation of the procedure, recovery and likely outcomes and costs
  • Go through your past medical history
  • Answer any questions you may have

If you both agree that a treatment is desirable during the consultation, your treatment can take place there and then during the same visit.

Your consultation is free, but subject to a £50 attendance deposit that can be redeemed against any treatment delivered during your visit.

You are then invited back for a free post-treatment review session 2 – 4 weeks.

3 Easy Steps

  • Visit the Clinic on Sloane Street, Chelsea for your free no-obligation consultation with one of our cosmetic dermatologists or surgeons
  • Have your treatment during the same visit if it is agreed with your consultant
  • Return 2 - 4 weeks later for a post treatment review


Filler treatments at the Cadogan clinic vary in cost depending on the filler product used and the amount used, but treatments typically start from £550.

Frequently Asked Questions

As we age, natural hyaluronic acid production slows down and this is what causes the skin to age, resulting in sagging and wrinkles. Dermal fillers effectively provide a ‘top up’ of this essential ingredient for healthy skin.

The main function of hyaluronic acid is to attract and retain large quantities of moisture when injected to the dermis (the layer of skin between the epidermis and the subcutaneous layer).

This results in a semi-permanent volumising, or ‘plumping’, effect.

Dermal fillers also help to hydrate the skin, act as an antioxidant and maintain skin elasticity.

Dermal Filler treatments in the UK are currently unregulated meaning any aesthetic practitioner can perform them. This has led to the proliferation of low quality 'high street' providers, and filler treatments even being made available in non-medical environments such as gyms.

At the Cadogan Clinic we believe such practices are extremely risky and highly correlated with unsafe and poor aesthetic outcomes.

We only offer consultant – led filler treatments, performed by highly trained cosmetic dermatologists or plastic surgeons.

Dermal filler treatments are generally not painful, although the amount of discomfort you experience may vary depending on the area. Treatments around the lip and nose area are typically the most uncomfortable but this can still be tolerated well though topically applied anaesthetic cream.

There is typically no downtime at all.

There may be a slight mild redness, swelling, tenderness, bruising, or itching which usually subsides after a few hours following treatment - most patients can return to work or to their regular activities immediately after receiving treatment, although we recommend 24hrs before doing any vigorous exercise.

Dermal fillers work instantly, so you should start to see the results immediately. However it can take a few days for the final results to develop. This is because dermal fillers can cause minor swelling and bruising in the treatment area. We typically recommend allowing a week or so before expecting to see the final results, to allow for this swelling or bruising to subside.

The beauty of dermal fillers is the results can be as subtle or dramatic as you would like them to be. Our consultants can control the outcome based on a patient’s stated personal preferences. Some patients prefer an extremely subtle change, whilst others may prefer something more impactful.

Either way, your results will look natural, as our specialists will use the natural contours of your face to deliver the very best outcomes. You will also retain a full array of facial expressions.

The dermal fillers that we use here at the clinic are only a temporary treatment and usually last between six and 18 months. How long dermal fillers last depends on a number of factors, including the type of filler and where it is injected. It varies from person to person.

When the hyaluronic acid wears off, it is reabsorbed into the body. The treatment process will then need to be repeated.

If you are looking for a permanent result, you may wish to consider a fat transfer to face, a slightly more invasive treatment which uses the body’s naturally-occurring fat to fill out specific areas of the face.

Dermal Fillers are extremely safe when delivered by a trained medical practitioner. Outcomes can be managed precisely by a technical practitioner, and results are also not permanent and can be rectified ('dissolved') if they are not to your satisfaction.

That said, whilst extremely rare when fillers are delivered in a medical environment by a medical professional, possible risks include:

  • Asymmetry, or uneven result
  • Allergic reaction
  • Bruising, bleeding on injection site, swelling
  • Damage to skin and possible scarring
  • Lumps of filler under the skin
  • Skin necrosis
  • Infection
  • Blindness

These risks will be fully discussed at your consultation prior to your consent.

Although there is no evidence that indicates dermal fillers are not safe during pregnancy, the Cadogan Clinic does not perform any injectable treatments on patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If for some reason you are unhappy with the results of your dermal filler treatment, these are easily reversible. The consultant will do this by administering a solution which dissolves the filler almost instantly. It is then reabsorbed into the body, leaving no lasting damage or effect. Alternatively, if you were seeking a more dramatic result, more filler can be added to the treatment area to help achieve your desired result.

It is important that you are open when discussing your treatment goals during your initial consultation.

It is best to arrive at the Clinic with your skin as best prepared for your dermal filler treatment as it can be. This would ideally include not drinking alcohol for 2-3 days prior to your appointment to lessen the risk of bleeding and bruising, as well as having had plenty of rest the night before your treatment to ensure you arrive feeling calm and relaxed.

It is also advised that you do not consume ibuprofen and aspirin for 1 week prior to your appointment as these can also thin your blood making bruising more likely.

We do, however, offer alternative more invasive volumizing treatments that employ the more permanent volume enhancing properties of naturally-occurring fat resources. See Fat Transfer to Face.

A vial is a measurement of the injectable liquid administered during dermal filler treatment. Typically, treatment for nasolabial folds (nose to mouth lines) requires 1-2 vials, marionette lines require 1 vial, lips require 1 – 2 vials and cheeks require 2 vials.

The cost of your treatment will relate to the number of vials you require during treatment.

Juvederm is made primarily from natural substances, such as hyaluronic acid – which are found in humans. This means a more natural, fuller result is possible when using Juvederm, when compared to some other fillers found on the market.

Juvederm is also highly absorptive, and can absorb up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. This allows the skin to lock in moisture, causing the treatment area to appear fuller, smoother and more youthful.

Since Juvederm is composed of natural substances, the effects are not permanent. This means that if the desired results are no longer required, the substance will be absorbed by the body naturally over a long period of time. Because the Juvederm gradually reduces its appearance, the fillers are a popular and common choice of procedure for patients that have not received any cosmetic treatment before.

Juvederm is not restricted just to the mouth and lip area, and can be used all of the face and hands.

The Cadogan Clinic is based at 120 Sloane Street in Chelsea, just off Sloane Square and the Kings Road.

Our address is 120 Sloane Street, Chelsea, London, SW1X 9BW.

We are accessible by all major bus routes that pass through Sloane Square and Sloane Street, as well as Sloane Square tube station.

Local pay parking is available just around the corner from the Clinic on Cadogan Gate, Cadogan Square and Cadogan Gardens. Our local residential parking zone is the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

How to Find Us

The Cadogan Clinic is based at 120 Sloane Street in Chelsea, just off Sloane Square and the Kings Road.

We are accessible by all major bus routes that pass through Sloane Square and Sloane Street, as well as Sloane Square tube station.

We are just a 5 minute walk northwards up Sloane Street once you have arrived at Sloane Square.

Local pay parking is available just around the corner from the Clinic on Cadogan Gate, Cadogan Square and Cadogan Gardens. Our local residential parking zone is the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Address: 120 Sloane Street, Chelsea, London, SW1X 9BW

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