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How Much Are Dermal Fillers in the UK?

In the UK, the price of dermal fillers ranges from £200. The price is affected by the type of dermal filler, the cosmetic doctor’s experience,the location, and the number of syringes a patient needs.

Dermal fillers have gained popularity because they are inexpensive, temporal, and have a simple procedure. Dermal fillers are purely for cosmetic purposes. Aging is the main reason people use dermal fillers to improve volume and treat wrinkles. The skin loses its elasticity and structures because less collagen is produced as you age. Collagen is a protein found in connective tissues, skin, tendons, and cartilage, maintaining skin structure and elasticity. Inborn facial deformations or scars from injury may be another reason for dermal fillers. This article exploresdermal fillers and how much they cost in the UK.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable gels injected into the face for cosmetic purposes. Dermal fillers are injected into cheeks, lips, tear trough, and chin. Dermal fillers improve volume, treat scars, smooth wrinkles, redefine lip borders, plump thin lips, and enhance the cheekbone and jawline. An aesthetic practitioner performs a dermal filler procedure.

Types of Dermal Fillers

Hyaluronic Acid

According to Dovedytis et al. (2020), hyaluronic acid is a gooey, slippery substance found in joint areas, the skin, and the eyes; it helps joints move smoothly and hydrate the skin.

Polylactic Acid

According to Christen & Vercesi (2020), polylactic acid is a collagen stimulant in that, when injected, it dissolves into the body, triggering collagen production. The effect of polylactic acid takes two weeks to be noticed.


According to Karthik &Mohan(2017), polyalkylimide is a semi-permanent filler used to improve volume, treat scars, and redefine lip borders. When polyalkylimide is injected into the body, a collagen layer forms around it. A single polyalkylimide injection delivers a large volume.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite

According to Shirshakova et al. (2020), calcium hydroxylapatite is a mineral-like compound found in bones and enamel. Calcium hydroxylapatite used in fillers is biosynthetically produced to minimize allergic reactions. Calcium hydroxylapatite is used as a dermal filler to plump thin lips and treats scars and plump thin lips.

Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA)

PMMA is a permanent solution for deep wrinkles than collagen replacement therapy. Chacur et al. (2019) suggested that the effect of PMMA can last for five years. PMMA also improves volume, helps plump thin lips, and treats scars. Smaller doses of PMMA are administered until the desired results are achieved.

Cost of Dermal Fillers in the UK

The cost of dermal fillers is determined by the type of dermal filler, doctor, location, and the number of syringes you need. Long-lasting dermal fillers like PMMA can cost more than hyaluronic acid, which lasts for a year. A cosmetic doctor’s experience affects the price. A more experienced cosmetic doctor will charge more than a less experienced one. Clinics located in high-end locations will also charge more. Dermal fillers are also pricy because they are not included in medical covers. Name et al. (2021) showed that the price of dermal fillers ranges from £200.

Procedures for Dermal fillers

A cosmetic doctor will assess and map the areas to be treated at the clinic. A topical anesthetic is applied to numb the mapped area. The process is not painful, but a patient may initially feel some discomfort. A cosmetic doctor injectsthe area with a dermal filler of choice. After the injection, you will see the results immediately, but if you use polylactic acid, the results will take a few weeks.

Side Effects of Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are generally safe when done by an experienced cosmetic doctor. After the injection,a patient experiences minor bruising, swelling, or pain. The facial area is vascular; thus,avoiding the veins and capillaries is hard. avoid thinning medications before lip fillers; thinning medications prevent blood from clotting faster,which leads to bruising. When dermal fillers are done wrong, a patient can have an infection in the injected area or a fractured blood vessel. Dermal fillers should be done in a hospital with an experienced cosmetic doctor. Dermal fillers should also be bought at clinics to ensure quality products.

Benefits of Dermal Fillers

No Downtime

A patient can see the anticipated results immediately after the procedure, unlike other procedures where you heal first to see the results. Shin et al. (2019) noted that the Polylactic acid filler effect takes two weeks because collagen should be produced first.

Minimal Risks

Lin & Christen (2020) revealed that when a cosmetic doctor does dermal fillers, a patient will experience minor symptoms like bruising that will disappear after a week.

Enhances Facial Features

Due to aging and medical conditions, facial features like cheekbones and jawline may become less pronounced. Using dermal fillers will improve the volume of these areas. Dermal fillers also smooth wrinkles and frown lines.

Triggers Collagen Production

Dermal fillers like polylactic acid dissolve into the body to trigger collagen production. Collagen helps to maintain skin structure and elasticity. High collagen in the body will give a patient a youthful look.

FAQS about Dermal Fillers

What to Do Before Dermal Fillers?

Avoid taking thinning medications and waxing or scrubbing the area to be treated before getting dermal fillers, which will help reduce swelling and bruising.

Can I Have a Natural Look with Dermal Fillers?

A patient can look natural if they don’t overdo the fillers. However, if you do lip fillers and plump them fully, you may not look natural if you have smaller lips.

How Much Does Hyaluronic Acid Filler Cost?

A syringe of hyaluronic fillers ranges from £200. The price may differ depending on acosmetic doctor’s experience, location, and the number of syringes needed.

What to  Do After Dermal Fillers?

After lip fillers, avoid touching the treated area; massage the area if a cosmetic doctor instructs you to do so.

Use soft cleaning agents when washing your face for at least a week.


The cost of lip fillers is affected by the doctor’s experience, the clinic’s location, the number of syringes, and the type of filler. The price of fillers ranges from £200- £1000. The common dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid, polyalkylimide, polylactic acid, PMMA, and calcium hydroxylapatite. Dermal fillers are popular because they are temporal, long-lasting, and inexpensive. You can get results with dermal fillers immediately after the procedure. Dermal fillers are youthful because they smooth out wrinkles, treat scars, and improve volume. Dermal fillers are relatively safe when done by a qualified dermatologist or a plastic surgeon.


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