Facing the facts: Debunking the top dermal filler myths

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Facing the facts: Debunking the top dermal filler myths

Dermal fillers are becoming an increasingly popular cost effective treatment for those looking restore that naturally youthful appearance they once had.

However, here at GMC Cosmedical in Sydney, we find that many patients are confused by the amount of misleading information circulating regarding the outcomes of dermal filler treatment.  We understand that deciding to make cosmetic enhancements to your body is a very personal and individualised process and as such, knowing the facts is a must.

Below is a list of the most popular myths. During your initial consultation, Dr George Calfas and Madeline Calfas will further explain each and every aspect of your dermal filler treatment to ensure you are aware of the results we can achieve for you.

Myth # 1 Wrinkle relaxants and Dermal Fillers work the same. 

Now, this is most certainly a myth. Dermal fillers are injected into the face and fill wrinkles and creases with a substance to eliminate the appearance of such.  Wrinkle relaxants, on the other hand, are injected into the muscle causing paralysing of wrinkles to eliminate their appearance. Dermal fillers are used to bring the volume and fullness back in the areas of the face such as lips, cheeks and the chin. They are a fast, effective and safe way to restore youthful fullness to your lips and smooth facial creases and wrinkles. Dermal fillers have been called liquid facelifts because they offer many of the benefits of a surgical facelift without the downtime.

Myth # 2 Lip injections cause ‘trout pout’

Many Hollywood celebrities have over treated their lips, which has led to the trout pout.  If you attend an experienced practitioner who understands that “less is more” then subtle lip enhancement procedures are possible. During your consultation at GMC Cosmedical in Sydney, we can assess the aesthetics of your face and discuss the recommended treatment doses to ensure a natural looking outcome.

Myth # 3 Cheek injections cause ‘pillow face’

It is true that over correction with too much filler can result in an overly plumped out face. Again, we can look to such celebs as Madonna or Lindsay Lohan who have clearly gone overboard with excessive dermal filler in their cheeks. This is why it is imperative to keep in mind the symmetry of your face and the proportions to ensure a natural looking appearance. When these treatments are carried out by a properly trained practitioner with an astute eye, these outcomes can be avoided.  As a general rule, it is best to under treat and add more product at a later date.

Myth # 4 – Dermal filler injections are not reversible

If you do not like the results achieved with your dermal filler treatment, rest assured.  Treatment may only last around six months, although it can last longer depending on the area injected and your skin type.

Myth # 5 – Dermal Fillers are painful

Many plastic surgeons now perform dermal fillers with the use of anaesthesia to ensure patient comfort.  If you desire, our caring and compassionate staff can apply numbing cream, or local anaesthesia may be used to alleviate any pain or discomfort.  Any redness should settle within 24 – 48 hours and you may go home or straight back to work immediately after your treatment.


If you would like more information about our dermal filler treatment or to make an appointment with GMC Cosmedical in Sydney please do not hesitate to contact us.



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Randwick Surgery

  • (02) 9399 6444
  • Medical Suite, Ground Floor, Phar-Lap Gardens
    34 – 52 Alison Road
    Randwick, NSW, 2031
  • Tuesdays to Fridays 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Mondays Closed

Narellan Surgery

  • (02) 4627 2000
  • 16 Somerset Avenue

    Narellan, NSW, 2567
  • Tuesday to Fridays 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Mondays Closed