Dermal Fillers

There are several types of fillers doctors use in cosmetic augmentation procedures– the most common being hyaluronic, calcium hydroxylapatite and polylactic acid. People often prefer dermal fillers because they do not involve a surgical process and hardly any pain. To mitigate possible discomfort, the doctors apply topical anaesthesia or use fillers that contain a numbing agent.

However, based on the patient’s specifications, the doctor may use the fat-grafting method, which takes longer and is usually performed under general anaesthesia.

Dermal fillers last from up to 6-24 months on all areas of the body.

Eye Bag Fillers

Eye bag filler is a non-surgical process that involves dermal fillers. The doctor injects the filler into the eye bags using a fine needle. Following the procedure, patients see results immediately. However, depending on the patient, the doctor may book a follow-up appointment. 

The area beneath our eyes begins to thin as we age, adding to our declining youthful appearance. A dermal filler augments the eye bags to help roll back the years. Also, some people are born with dark circles under their eyes, which a dermal filler can improve, resulting in a fresher appearance. Anyone 18 or above can receive the treatment, given that the doctor deems them to be a good candidate. 

The procedure

First, the doctor will clean the area beneath the eyes. Then he or she marks the areas to be injected. Many doctors use a topical anaesthetic to reduce pain, while others use fillers that contain a numbing agent called lidocaine. Either way, patients rarely ever report discomfort. The doctor will then inject the marked areas, and you can be out of the clinic within minutes. 


Your doctor will advise you on what to produce the best results. To avoid infection, do not touch or apply makeup on your eye bags. 

Lip augmentation (Dermal fillers)

For fuller lips, people usually opt for dermal fillers, as they are less invasive. The procedure requires an injectable dermal filler, the most common being hyaluronic acid. Some surgeons use collagen or fat injections, but the latter is uncommon and carries the risks collagen and hyaluronic acid do not. 

The procedure

We advise that you determine your desired results because the information you provide during the initial consultation will be crucial to the doctor’s plan.

After listening to your goals and worries during the consultation, the doctor will book an appointment for the procedure. 

Non-surgical lip augmentation is a relatively comfortable process. However, to reduce possible pain and discomfort, the doctor numbs the lip are using a topical cream before beginning the procedure. Following this, he or she will mark the areas around your lips and start the injection process.

Injectable lip augmentation takes very little time. An exception to that is fat injections, as it involves a liposuction procedure.

The doctor and medical staff will advise you on what to do after the procedure for the best results. To increase your chances of a great outcome, you may opt to avoid strenuous activity for the first few days and sleep facing upwards.

Most people return to work straight away. However, if your job requires heavy lifting, your doctor may advise you to take a couple of days off.

Even though the results are not permanent, dermal fillers last for a reasonably long time (6-24months) and produce less bruising or swelling.


The risks and side effects are minimal and usually only last for a few days. Among them are bleeding, swelling, bruising, tenderness and blisters.

Some botched jobs can result in more permanent or long-lasting adverse effects. For this reason, you must choose the right clinic. 

Please contact us if you have any questions

Cheek augmentation 

Cheek fillers are becoming more popular as time goes on. This minimally invasive process involves minimum time in the doctor’s office. The results are immediate– giving patients a more youthful appearance by removing wrinkles and adding volume to the cheekbones. 


Your doctor may ask you to avoid blood-thinning medications (i.e. aspirin) a couple of weeks before the appointment. 


Please communicate your goals to the doctors during the initial consultation, for the doctor will use this information to understand what will be the best course of action for you.

Before injecting the fillers, if the doctor is not using a dermal filler with a numbing agent, he or she will numb the cheekbones with a topical anaesthetic. Then, the doctor will inject the fillers into the cheekbones using a fine needle.

The process usually doesn’t last any longer than 30 minutes and only requires one séance. However, the doctor may be a follow-up appointment for certain patients. 


You can return to work and daily activities immediately. In the meantime, be careful not to touch or apply makeup to your cheeks for six hours after the surgery, as it can cause an infection. Also, consider avoiding strenuous activities, like exercise,  for 48 hours.

Doctors advise sleeping facing upwards to avoid pressure on your cheeks. 

Nasolabial Fold Augmentation

As you age, you may start to notice a crease forming from either side of your nose to the corner of your mouth. The area in question is referred to as the Nasolabial fold, and some people may feel self-conscious, as it makes them look older than they want. 

A non-surgical nasolabial augmentation can tighten that part of the skin by restoring volume. 


Your dermatologist will listen to your concerns and your goals. Then, using their expertise, he or she will offer the filler, process and appointment date that best suits you. 


Once you and the dermatologist have decided on the filler, he or she will inject the filler into the nasolabial. The whole process lasts approximately 20-30 minutes.


Nasolabial fold augmentation does not take any recovery time. You only need to avoid applying makeup to the operated region for six hours, strenuous activities for two days, and sleep upright for a few days after the procedure. 

Please heed the post-procedure recommendations of the dermatologist for the best results. 

The results are immediate and last from 6-24 months.

Nose Augmentation 

Most people think of rhinoplasty as one surgical procedure, but non-surgical rhinoplasty is possible with dermal fillers. 

People who want more minor changes than what a surgical rhinoplasty provides may opt for this non-invasive procedure. 

Surgeons can also make a more prominent nose appear small by applying fillers to change its shape. In turn, when people receive filler treatment for other parts of the facial region, the nose may appear smaller. So, often, patients book several procedures at once to produce a more balanced result.

Overall, this procedure can be optimal for anyone who is not seeking a permanent solution or more significant changes. 

Preparation and procedure 

During the initial consultation, you and the doctor will discuss your goals and concerns. Then, if you are a good candidate and agree on the possible results, you will book an appointment date to carry out the procedure. 

Like in all dermal-filler procedures, your doctor will ask you to avoid blood-thinning medication two weeks before the appointment date. In addition, he or she will provide you with any additional information that may aid your preparation. 

The procedure is speedy and lasts only minutes. Most people leave the doctor’s office after 30 minutes.

To begin the process, the doctor will apply an anaesthetic cream (some will use fillers with numbing agents in them). Then, he or she will mark the areas around your nose and begin the injection process. 

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is not the best option for someone looking for more significant, permanent changes. For that, we recommend a surgical rhinoplasty.

Results and recovery

The recovery process is relatively easy, and most patients can return to work the same day. 

Strenuous activity may have adverse effects, so it is best to avoid such activities for at least two days. You also benefit from being diligent about where you move your face for the first couple of days, as this can change your results. You can also apply the same logic while sleeping: Sleeping on the place the fillers were injected into could cause indentations, so it is best to snooze facing up. However, do not worry too much, for dermal fillers are pretty sturdy.

The results vary from person to person, but its growth in popularity and patient reports show that the success rate is pretty high. 

One of the main reasons people choose dermal fillers is that the results are instantaneous and last 6-24 months. The impermanence of the procedure may put some people off, but the relatively low cost and comfortability of such a non-surgical process mean most people are apt to book follow-up appointments as the effects being to wear off. 

Chin Augmentation

Chin augmentation is a non-surgical process applied using a dermal filler. As we age, our skulls pull the chin backwards by rotating, which results in the build-up of tissue. Subsequently, we lose structural support in our lower facial region

A chin augmentation procedure aims to roll back some of these changes, and it can make you look like your younger self. 

Consultation and Procedure

Before you book an appointment date, the doctor will ask you a series of questions to better understand your goals and concerns during an initial consultation. We advise that you know exactly what you want and prepare to communicate your desired results. Following the discussion, your doctor will book an appointment date.

To prepare, the doctor briefs you on what you can do to prepare for the procedure. 

Most doctors ask patients to refrain from using blood-thinning medication to make the process as comfortable as possible.


Dermal fillers are very safe and, because the procedure is not surgical, subsequent risks associated with general anaesthesia or more invasive procedure are not present. 

Some people may experience unusual swelling or infections, but this is often attributed to poor aftercare and inexperienced doctors. At Estepro, we work with industry leaders so that these risks are minimised.

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