Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers such as Juvederm are used to soften and reduce lines and wrinkles, for lip enhancement, and to produce a “liquid facelift” through volumising areas where there has been loss of fat. At Palm Clinic, we provide effective lip fillers, cheek fillers and other dermal fillers.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected into the skin to physically lift and sculpt it, correcting wrinkles, folds, scars and asymmetries of the face. Dermal fillers are used for sculpting, shaping lips, cheeks, downturned mouth corners, the chin and jawline as well as for lip enlargement. For the most part, dermal fillers are replacing fat transfer as they are less invasive and more reliable for facial rejuvenation.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers work brilliantly in the older face
Dermal fillers work brilliantly in the older face

The safest dermal fillers are gels made from hyaluronic acid (a carbohydrate) that last for only a limited period of time. Since hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the skin but declines with aging, fillers made from these substances are an ideal choice for rejuvenation. Collagen has largely been replaced by hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm.

Dermal fillers reverse ageing
Dermal fillers reverse ageing

How dermal fillers affect the face?

Think of the face as it ages as being like a partially deflated balloon. The loss of fat, bone absorption and reduced muscle tone causes the face to deflate leading to flattening of the cheek structure, lines and wrinkles plus or minus sagging of the jowls. Replacing the fat with dermal fillers re-inflates the face producing a very natural look that generally takes years off the facial features. Generally, this will give a much more natural appearance than a facelift. We call this process ‘volumising’ or the ‘liquid facelift’.

Dermal fillers used to project the chin forward
Dermal fillers used to project the chin forward

Modern dermal fillers last much longer than previously. The most useful volumiser called Juvederm Voluma can last up to two years but some types of fillers may break down after 6-9 months. How often you will need to have dermal fillers replaced generally depends on the area of the face they are used in.

The latest dermal fillers at Palm Clinic include a local anaesthetic called lignocaine in the filler. This significantly reduces the pain of injection making the whole process much more relaxing.

Dermal lip fillers performed at Palm Clinic.

Dermal lip fillers performed at Palm Clinic

Dermal Fillers at Palm Clinic

Whether you’re after cheek fillers, lip fillers or any other type of dermal fillers, our prime goal for you is a safe and natural result. Our Appearance Medicine team of doctors and nurses are highly experienced. Palm Clinic places great emphasis on attending conferences and training courses each year to provide the highest level of care and safety.

Dermal Lip Fillers before and after at Palm Clinic.

Dermal Lip Fillers before and after at Palm Clinic

 Softening of the peri-oral smile lines with dermal filler
Softening of the peri-oral smile lines with dermal filler
Dermal fillers to the lower face creates a softer more healthy look
Dermal fillers to the lower face creates a softer, more healthy look. The patient is five years older in the ‘after’ picture
 Dermal fillers reverse ageing

Cheek fillers have been used to enhance bone structure and reduce bags under the eyes.

 Before and after dermal filler to cheeks, temples and lips

Dermal fillers to the cheeks and mouth give a natural looking “lift” the face.

 Before and after dermal filler to cheeks, temples and lips

Dermal fillers to the cheeks and temples lift the skin and restore the structure of the face, which can be lost through ageing. 

 Before and after dermal filler to cheeks temples and lips

Before and after dermal filler to cheeks and temples, reducing bagging under the eyes.

 Stubborn frown line treated with fillers
Stubborn frown line treated with fillers

Before and After Photos

For more before and after photos of dermal fillers treatment view our gallery.


What can dermal fillers do?

Dermal fillers are mainly used to disguise the signs of ageing. They can also be used to correct some scars, plump up the lips or correct asymmetries of the face by adding volume.

Ageing of the face consists of both fine lines forming and the contours of the face changing. Different dermal fillers, such as cheek fillers and lip fillers, are used to address both these problems. To refresh ageing skin, we also have a range of skin & laser treatments available.

Correcting fine lines

Lip lines, frown lines, forehead lines, smile lines and crow’s feet can all be treated by the finer fillers like Juvederm Volift. Juvederm is made from hyaluronic acid. 

Re-contouring the face

‘Volumising’ is a technique that can achieve a complete facial rejuvenation, either by itself or in combination with fine line treatments. By placing hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm Voluma, Juvederm Ultra Plus or Juvederm Volift deep under the skin, it restores your youthful contours safely and effectively. When overdone, this has been referred to as pillow face or pillow cheeks. Most New Zealand men and women prefer a more natural, balanced look and this is what Palm Clinic is renowned for providing.

Often a combination of volume and fine line treatments layered together over a couple of sessions are needed to get a really flattering facial rejuvenation.

Lip fillers

The hyaluronic acid dermal lip fillers are ideal for increasing lip size and enhancing lip shape. Whether the lips have always been small, or have reduced over the years, they can be plumped up with lip injections in just half an hour. Where necessary the border of the lip can be re-defined. In achieving a natural (non ‘trout-pout’) result, balance and restraint with lip filler use is vital. The lips should be in harmony with the age of the face, and should follow the ratio of 1:1.6 for top:bottom lip (i.e. the bottom lip should be bigger). Improving the appearance of the lips may also require attention to the contours around the mouth.

What is the advantage of dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are a quick and safe way to rejuvenate the face without having to undergo surgery or a general anaesthetic. Palm Clinic has access to a large range of dermal fillers used by highly trained staff to achieve an optimum “natural” result for you.

How long do dermal fillers last?

Fillers last between 6-24 months depending on the product used and the area it is used in. There are “permanent” fillers available but at Palm Clinic we prefer to use temporary dermal fillers. While permanent fillers are usually safe to use, if you do have a problem with side effects from a permanent filler the side effect can be permanent also. Our long-lasting but temporary range of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are dissolvable. In the very rare instance of an issue, they can be dissolved instantly.

What are the side effects of dermal fillers?

The most common side effect is temporary discomfort and possible bruising and swelling. With our gentle technique, we aim to keep bruising and swelling to a minimum. It is best if you don’t exercise just before and after your treatment and avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatories and fish oils for one week before treatment to minimise bruising.

Hyaluronic acid fillers have a very low rate of complication. In very rare cases, you may have an allergy to the filler, this can be treated with Hyalase, an enzyme to dissolve the filler.

Even more rare is a complication where the filler blocks a small blood vessel supplying blood to the skin. This can compromise the skin causing a small ulcer, and is amenable to treatment with Hyalase also. There is an incredibly small chance of blindness. There has been one case in New Zealand with dermal filler injection to the nose. The higher risk areas (although still a very small risk) for blindness are the nose, forehead, frown area and temples.

What if I don’t like the result?

We are always open to addressing any concerns that you may have. In the very unlikely event that you do not like the result, we will listen to your concerns and offer a solution. This may be additional filler, or using an enzyme called hyalase to dissolve the filler.

Your Palm Clinic doctor is always available to discuss any concerns you may have. Remember we are there to provide the result that you want!

Are dermal fillers painful?

Our dermal fillers have local anaesthetic inside the filler. Palm Clinic was one of the first clinics to introduce these fillers in New Zealand which makes the treatment much easier for clients.

Once the fillers are in place, they can either cause no discomfort at all, or very minimal discomfort.

What is the cost of dermal fillers?

The cost depends on the amount of filler required. A consultation is required to address your concerns and advise on the amount and type of filler that is needed. Because dermal filler has a long life span a favoured option is the ‘chip away’ approach where you can slowly build on the result by adding filler as and when you want to, and budget allows.

A syringe of dermal filler starts at $800.

How much do dermal fillers cost in NZ?

Dermal filler cost depends on the amount of filler required. A consultation is required to address your concerns and advise on the amount and type of dermal filler that is needed. Since dermal filler has a long lifespan, a favoured option is the ‘chip away’ approach. This is where you can slowly build on the result by adding filler as and when you want to, and as budget allows.

A syringe of dermal filler starts at $800.

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Consulatation at Palm Clinic with Dr Sam DunnConsulatation at Palm Clinic with Dr Sam Dunn

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Botox®  is a prescription medicine for the treatment of frown lines, horizontal forehead lines and crow’s feet round the eyes. Botox® has risks and benefits. Ask your doctor if Botox® is right for you. If you have side effects, see your doctor. You will need to pay for Botox® and clinic fees will apply. For details on precautions & side effects consult your healthcare professional or the Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) at Botox® treatment lasts about 4 months and further courses of treatment may be necessary. Should only be administered by trained medical professionals.(Contains botulinum toxin A 50,100 & 200 units). Allergan (NZ) Limited, Auckland.

Juvederm Ultra™ & Juvederm Ultra Plus™ are medical devices Class III for the filling of medium size and deep facial wrinkles by injection into the skin and for creating definition and volume in the lips. Contains 24mg/mL. cross-linked hyaluronic acid. Juvederm has risks and benefits. Cautions: Use in an area that has been treated with another dermal filler, people with autoimmune disease, or who are pregnant, breastfeeding, under 18 years of age or have an increased susceptibility to keloid formation and hypertrophic scarring. People on blood thinning medicines. Possible side effects: injection site inflammatory reactions (redness/swelling, itching/pain on pressure) induration or nodules; discolouration; weak filling effect. If you have side effects or concerns speak to your doctor. Product and treatment costs will apply. Note: Juvederm treatment lasts about 12-24 months. For product information check with your doctor or product information at Allergan (NZ) Limited, Auckland.      

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