Dermal Fillers: In-depth

How to choose a clinic for dermal filler treatment

Article Medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)

Dr. Gavin Chan

Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
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Paradigm shift in using dermal fillers

When dermal fillers were first introduced over 20 years ago, they were primarily injected into the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles. One of the first fillers used was bovine collagen, and this was excellent for filling fine lines, like those found on the upper lip.

In more recent years, there has been a paradigm shift in the way we think about facial rejuvenation and hence a change in the way dermal fillers are used. In fact, the name ‘dermal filler‘ is no longer appropriate as they are primarily placed beneath the skin (rather than in the skin), to enhance facial volume and shape. The focus has changed from¬†wrinkle-filling, or what we call ‘line chasing’ to ‘facial shaping’ as this is a much more effective way of improving the facial appearance with dermal fillers

Using dermal fillers to create the ideal facial shape and proportions

Our first perception of someone’s age is usually garnered in the first few milliseconds of a glance. This is because our brains are hardwired to detect differences in facial shape and interpret that into a perception of age.

Often patients will present to us with concerns about certain wrinkles or folds as their primary concern. Although, alleviating these concerns may make an improvement in one’s appearance, often it is more important to focus on facial shape and proportion.

The ideal facial shape is determined through subjective and objective means. It has been shown in studies that even babies as young as one day old are able to innately show preference to beauty, and as adults, most of us know what is beauty and ideal facial shape and proportion when we see it.  Interpreting this into an appropriate and effective filler treatment requires a good understanding of facial beauty and some objective basis behind rejuvenation. See our video on the Golden Ratio for more information.

Most areas of the face can be shaped.

For more information on facial shaping with dermal fillers, click here.


Our dermal filler injectors have many years of specialist experience in the use of dermal fillers. We allow you ample time to communicate your aesthetic goals to us, and use our expertise to help you achieve your desired outcome. Furthermore, we offer a large range of dermal fillers and we will be able to best advise you on what dermal filler suits you best. The first step is simply contacting us for your initial dermal filler consultation, where we will discuss with you what is a realistic and achievable outcome, and what to expect from your treatment.

Our goals with your filler treatment are to;

  • Provide you with a careful and honest aesthetic assessment
  • Achieve the best aesthetic result possible
  • Cause as little bruising and swelling as possible
  • Ensure that your procedure is as comfortable as possible for you.

Making that first phone call about any cosmetic procedure can be a confronting task – many of our patients have preferred filling out our online enquiry form. We can then contact you with an understanding of the results you are hopeful of achieving and ensure the treatment is appropriate.

It’s as easy as clicking either of the buttons below and completing the provided form. Otherwise, you can phone us directly on 1300 863 824.

Dr. Gavin Chan
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