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Dermal Fillers

How Much Do Dermal Fillers Cost in the UK

The cost of dermal fillers is affected by the type of filler, the cosmetic doctor, the location, and the number of syringes. This article highlights these factors in depth, and discusses about the benefits and side effects of dermal fillers.

A syringe of a dermal filler can range from £100 to £1000. Medical covers do not cover cosmetic procedures. This article discusses the cost of dermal fillers in the UK and the determinants of the cost.Dermal fillers offer both long-lasting and temporal fixes to cosmetic challenges. Unlike plastic surgery, dermal fillers are inexpensive. Cosmetic procedures arise due to aging, scars, medical conditions, or inborn genetic disorders that distort facial characteristics. Notably, aging results from less collagen production; the skin loses elasticity and structure, leading to wrinkles and sagging. Medical conditions like cancer can lead to volume wastage. Using dermal fillers can provide a long-lasting solution to cosmetic challenges. 

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are gel-like masses injected into the skin for cosmetic purposes. Cosmetic products are used for cosmetic reasons like plumping thin lips, enhancing the jawline, filling the lower eyelid, smoothing wrinkles, and treating scars. 

Cost of Fillers in the UK

The price of fillers in the UK depends on the type of filler used, the cosmetic doctor, the location, and the number of syringes. Most doctors include the cost of anesthetic in the cost of the filler. Medical covers do not insure cosmetic procedures; this can also contribute to the high cost of the fillers. The cost of dermal fillers in the UK per syringe ranges from £100 to £1000. 

Types of Dermal Fillers

Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA)

PMMA is used to treat deep wrinkles, folds, and furrows. PMMA is considered a permanent fix for deep wrinkles than collagen replacement therapy. Due to its permanent nature, lower doses are administered first until the desired results are achieved. Using tunneling methods, your cosmetic doctor may inject PMMA at the dermal and subcutaneous junction. Several injections are needed to achieve volume.

Polylactic Acid

Polylactic acid can plump thin lips, improve volume, and smooth wrinkles. According to Christen &Vercesi (2020), polylactic acids are a collagen trigger; after injection, it dissolves into the skin, triggering collagen production. Collagen production can take two to three weeks. The effect of polylactic acid delays until the collagen is produced. 

Hyaluronic Acid

According to Dovedytis et al. (2020), hyaluronic acid is mainly found in joint areas, the skin, and the fluid surrounding the eye. It reduces friction between bones, hydrates the skin, and eases eye movements. In dermal fillers, hyaluronic acid is used to improve volume, treat deep scars, smooth wrinkles, and enhance the jawline.

Calcium hydroxylapatite

According to Shirshakova et al. (2020), calcium hydroxylapatite is a mineral-like compound found in human bones and enamel. Calcium hydroxylapatite is used to improve volume, enhance the fullness of cheeks, and treat severe wrinkles and frown lines. Calcium hydroxylapatite used in dermal fillers is biosynthetically produced. Thus it does not cause allergic reactions.


According to Karthik&Mohan(2017), polyalkylimide is used to treat wrinkles, and plump thin lips, treat facial wasting, and enhance cheekbones and jawline. A single injection delivers a substantial amount of polyalkylimide and can be easily removed. Polyalkylimide does not react with the body, but a collagen layer starts to form around it, and within a few months, it will be completely buried in collagen.

Benefits of Dermal Fillers

Triggers Collagen Production 

Collagen is key in maintaining skin structure and elasticity. More collagen in the body will smooth wrinkles, restore volume, and smooth fine lines giving you a youthful look. Injecting dermal fillers like polylactic and hyaluronic acid can stimulate collagen production. 

Long-lasting Effect

The effect of dermal fillers can last between a year and five years, depending on the type of filler you will use. Hyaluronic acid can last for a year, while PMMA lasts for five years. 

Minimal Risk

Dermal filler procedures are entirely safe when done by a professional. The process involves the injection of a dermal filler into the mapped area. Depending on the number of injections, the process takes 30-45 minutes. You can experience some bruising or swelling, but they will disappear shortly. 

No Downtime 

The effect of dermal fillers is instant. When polylactic acid is used, you will wait at least two weeks to see changes, unlike other procedures where you have to wait for months to see the effect. Dermal fillers take two weeks to settle. After dermal fillers, you can resume work if it does not involve heavy lifting and sweating.

Side Effects and Safety Measures

When dermal fillers are done wrong or by unqualified personnel, you can have an infection, a fractured or blocked blood vessel. You can experience minor side effects like bruising and swelling, that disappear within a short period. To ensure you have a safe dermal filler process, do dermal fillers at the hospital and buy the fillers from the hospital.

FAQs about Dermal Fillers

What To Do After Dermal Fillers?

  • It would be best to avoid heat and activities that can make you sweat.
  • You should avoid massaging the treated area unless instructed to do so.
  • You should hydrate and avoid alcohol.
  • Use a soft cleaning agent to clean your face for at least a week.

Can I Have a Natural Look with Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers can yield a natural look if you do not overdo them. Plumping will not give you a natural look if you have always had thin lips.

How Long Does the Dermal Filler Procedure Take?

The dermal filler procedure usually takes 30-45 minutes; this includes assessment, mapping, cleaning, anesthetizing, and injections. 

Who Is the Right Candidate for Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers can be used on people with facial signs of aging, sunken cheeks, and tear troughs. Dermal fillers can also be used on people who want to treat facial scars and other inborn facial conditions.

What Is the Cost of PMMA Filler?

A 10% PMMA can cost £150 a syringe. The price will be even higher depending on the number of syringes you need and the doctor’s fees. 


The cost of dermal fillers in the UK depends on the type of filler you choose, your cosmetic doctor, your location, and the number of syringes. Medical covers do not insure cosmetic procedures like dermal fillers; this makes them relatively more expensive. Derma fillers can improve volume, maintain facial fullness, and enhance facial features like cheeks, jawline, and plump-thin lips. The common dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid, PMMA, and calcium hydroxylapatite. The effect of dermal fillers is instant except for polylactic acid, where collagen is produced first. Dermal fillers are generally safe when done by the right personnel.


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Shirshakova, M., Morozova, E., Sokolova, D., Pervykh, S., &Kayumova, L. (2021). Cosmetic Syndrome Correction with Calcium Hydroxylapatite-Based Filler in Patients with Connective Tissue Dysplasia. Dermatology research and practice2021.

Monika Wasserman