Women and men are catching on to the phenomena that is wrinkle free ageing, and why shouldn’t they? Fillers and injectables can do amazing things and often a lot more than just zap wrinkles.

There are numerous types of Dermal Fillers, composed of different substances, all readily metabolised by your body. When injected under the skin by a skilled professional, these fillers immediately plump up facial areas that have lost volume due to ageing, heredity or some medical conditions. Results aren’t permanent because your body metabolises these products naturally, however, there is also some scientific evidence to support your body producing more collagen after these treatments. That’s a good thing because loss of volume, deepening of lines, and sagging, is in part due to our bodies’ natural depletion of collagen as we age.

Dermal Fillers can be used in a number of areas including to plump up and restore volume to Deep lines, Fine lines, Smile Lines (nasolabial folds), Smoker’s lines, for Lip Enhancement (thin lips and lip borders), “Angry” lines between the eyes, Tear troughs (below the eyes) to help with that hollow tired look, Cheeks, Chin and Mid-Facial volume enhancement (loss of volume is one of the main reasons we look tired as we age).

Naming the products we use for these treatments is prohibited by the Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia (TGA). But rest assured we use the latest, most reputable Dermal Fillers on the market and can advise you on which will best meet your needs. In the hands of our expert therapists, these products can achieve remarkably natural-looking results.

The muscle relaxing injections and Volume filling injections market has exploded. But what’s the difference between a beauty clinic and a cos-medical clinic or medi spa when it comes to having the work done? Who should you trust when it comes to doing the actual injecting work?

Straight up: In Australia, legally only nurses and doctors can inject.

At Skinessence medi spa we are pleased to announce we have secured the services of Antonia Beattie RN, to administer our cosmetic injectables and dermal fillers.

Antonia trained at The London Hospital and has over 30 years of theatre nursing experience. She has a solid background in medical aesthetics and has many years experience in facial anatomy, asymmetry and facial rejuvenation techniques. Antonia prides herself on considering all aspects of facial ageing and delivering a balanced, natural and safe result. She endeavours to help her clients understand the ageing process, listening to their needs and providing them with an appropriate assessment and look.

And just like Skinessence Medi Spa, Antonia wants everyone to look and feel their best using the best anti-wrinkle products available.

Antonia will be available by appointment at Skinessence medi spa at 61 Waratah Street, Haberfield. Appointments can be made at anytime with the Skinessence medi spa staff on (02) 9797 9897.

Anti-wrinkle Injections

Anti-wrinkle injections are perfect for but not limited to softening fine lines in the upper face. Typically frown lines and forehead lines are one of the first signs of ageing. Anti-wrinkle injections relax the muscles allowing the lines to soften and provide a younger fresher look. This is a safe and simple procedure that has been in use for over 20 years.

Anti-wrinkle injections are used in areas such as:

  • Frown lines
  • Crows feet
  • Forehead
  • Chin relaxation

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers rejuvenate the face by adding volume to the skin in the mid and lower facial regions. Typically dermal fillers give a subtle enhancement that improves areas effected by the ageing process such as cheeks, lips and jaw lines, giving you a younger fresher look. Results are often visible instantly with no downtime. This is a safe and simple procedure.

Dermal fillers are used in areas such as:

  • Lip Enhancement
  • Cheeks
  • Lip lines
  • Tear trough’s
  • Smile lines
  • Jaw line


What is a dermal filler?
Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected just underneath the skin to fill lines, softening their appearance. They are also used in lips to plump them up, soften lines around lips for example smokers’ lines and lines in the chin. More recently, the trend has been to use fillers in the cheek area to lift the apple of the cheeks giving the face a more contoured appearance.

What is the gel-like substance made of?
Dermal fillers can be made from a variety of products. However, the majority of temporary fillers are hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a proteinaceous substance that exists in the dermis of the skin and together with collagen and elastin fibres give the skin its elasticity, firmness and plump, youthful appearance. These substances are present in abundance in young skin, but as we age, slowly deplete giving way to sagging of the skin and fine lines. While they naturally deplete and are regenerated by the body, this regeneration process slows down as we age. Treatment with a dermal filler reintroduces hyaluronic acid into the skin, bringing back the youthful, plump appearance of the skin.

The different hyaluronic dermal fillers use slightly different technology to bind the different hyaluronic acid molecules, but all are very similar. The synthetic hyaluronic acid is non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid and is almost identical to naturally occurring hyaluronic acid.

How is the filler injected? Does it hurt?
Depending on the site being injected, either a local or a topical anaesthetic is used which significantly reduces any pain from the injection. Lips , lip lines, marionette lines and nasolabial folds are usually injected following a dental block, during which local anaesthetic (usually xylocaine) is injected in the mucosa of the mouth. The anaesthetic works almost immediately The filler then takes approximately 20 to 40 minutes to be injected depending on the complexity of the area being treated. For other areas, for example crows feet or cheeks, a topical anaesthetic is used, hereby an anaesthetic cream is applied to the area to be treated approximately 1 hour prior to the treatment.

How long do fillers last?
Fillers can last anywhere between 6 months to 2 years depending on the site and type of filler used. It also varies between individuals, with some people metabolizing the filler faster than others. Lips usually last about 9 months.

Are dermal fillers safe?
Dermal fillers are extremely safe. If injected by experienced clinicians, the injection of dermal fillers should be a relatively quick and pain-free experience. Commonly experienced side effects include swelling and bruising at the treated site. If these occur, they usually don’t last longer than a few days and are relatively minor. They are usually not significant enough for others to notice after 24 hrs. Lumps from the product can sometimes be felt, but with careful massage both at the time of treatment and for several days following treatment, these usually dissipate. Rarer side effects including allergic reaction to the product, granulomas (lumps of inflammation which are difficult to treat) have been reported but occur in less than 1 in 1000 cases.