Restore Volume with Facial Fillers in Glasgow

Dr Darren McKeown offers award-winning dermal filler treatments in Glasgow

Dermal filler treatments are one of the most significant advances in modern cosmetic medicine because they present a more ‘natural’ way to reduce facial lines and wrinkles and restore a youthful look to your face and skin without surgery.

How Do Fillers Work?

Injectable facial fillers (dermal fillers) are a non-surgical treatment that uses manufactured HA filler to restore elasticity and facial volume through a relatively quick and simple injection. A dermal filler adds volume that reduces deep lines and dynamic wrinkles, thus restoring youthful and aesthetically-balanced facial contours.

As easy as it sounds, choosing the right anti-wrinkle dermal filler and injecting just the right amount in the right places is paramount to achieving long-lasting results. When injecting dermal fillers into the face, experience and judgement are key to achieving a natural look.

For award-winning dermal fillers, Glasgow is the place to be. Dr Darren McKeown’s Aesthetic Medicine Institute in Glasgow city centre is well known for its dermal filler injections.


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Our Facial Fillers of Choice

Injectable hyaluronic acid (HA) is a safe and effective temporary dermal filler consisting of sugar molecules that are found naturally in the skin and other connective tissues in the body. Hyaluronic acid is a moisture-retaining compound that keeps your tissues lubricated.

Dermal fillers mimic the skin’s natural HA by adding volume to the skin, naturally.

Along with its effective ability to reduce lines and deep wrinkles, the benefits of HA over previous generations of collagen dermal fillers include its ability to provide long-lasting results and a much lower risk of allergic reaction. However, one of the biggest advantages of our anti-wrinkle hyaluronic acid dermal fillers is that they can be quickly dissolved.

When dealing with cosmetic treatments for the face, whether lip fillers or a dermal filler for fine lines, it is always essential to think of “what happens if things go wrong”, and it is essential to have a get out of jail card. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers give you that peace of mind.

Modern preparations of hyaluronic acid fillers and new cross-linking technologies mean anti-wrinkle dermal fillers can last anywhere up to 2 years when injected correctly into the face.

What To Expect with Dermal Filler Treatments

There may be some discomfort when you get dermal fillers because of the injections, but we ensure your comfort during the procedure by offering two options for minimising pain: numbing cream that numbs the surface of the skin or a local anaesthetic that numbs the entire mouth area.

There is still some discomfort with the cream because it only has a partial numbing effect, but most people handle this well. Injecting a local anaesthetic into the mouth makes the entire mouth area numb, making the treatment painless. The only downside of using anaesthesia when getting anti-wrinkle dermal fillers is that the numbness takes a few hours to wear off.

The option you choose will depend on your pain threshold and personal preferences.

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Permanent vs Temporary Dermal Fillers

Most dermal fillers are temporary and can last anywhere from 3–4 months up to around 2–3 years. Therefore, dermal filler treatments must be repeated to maintain the results and keep those wrinkles and lines at bay. As a result, there has been a desire to develop long-lasting or permanent fillers.

Although permanent fillers may seem attractive, there is real potential for long-term problems with them. Complications with dermal fillers are not common, and with most of the fillers we use, the filler can be dissolved if issues arise.

With a permanent dermal filler, this is not an option. If the filler needs to be removed, it must be done surgically. Even if problems do not arise, your face will continue to age whilst the dermal filler remains the same. This will eventually look unnatural.

For these reasons, permanent dermal fillers are best avoided.

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What Can Facial Fillers Do For You?

The press is often critical of celebrities who have had ‘too much’ filler. However, this is often because the anti-wrinkle dermal fillers have been injected into the wrong places. The duck-lipped look is not a sign of good fillers.

Dermal fillers should be subtle in a way that enhances your features without being obvious.

When it comes to using a dermal filler like hyaluronic acid for deep facial lines and wrinkles, it is not just a case of how much to inject but, more importantly, where to inject it. In the right place and with the right amount, facial fillers are an effective, non-surgical way to create a plumping effect and achieve overall younger-looking skin.

These are some of the most popular areas of the face that dermal fillers can be used on, and how to tell if you might benefit from a dermal filler treatment in those areas:

Under Eye Hollows

As the body ages, changes in the facial skeleton occur due to bone resorption. This can drastically impact the appearance of the face because of the hollow structure of the under-eye area. These are often the first areas to show signs of ageing.

For this reason, the under-eye hollows are one of the areas that benefit the most from dermal fillers.

Sometimes this is improved simply by restoring volume in the cheek alone. In other cases, it requires a dermal filler injection on top of the bone directly below the eye.

When it comes to treating the under eye hollows, less is always more.

Nose To Mouth Lines

The nose to mouth lines (nasolabial folds) are one of the most commonly treated parts of the face when it comes to hyaluronic acid dermal fillers.

The nasolabial fold is the area between the cheek and upper lip. In some people, this fold appears with age due to your cheek or midface losing volume. In other people, it is present since childhood or adolescence because of prominent cheeks that project over the lip. This is common in women with high cheekbones.

Making the distinction between the first group and the second group is vitally important. In the first group, where the fold has appeared with age, treating it with dermal fillers can help provide a rejuvenating result. However, treating the nasolabial fold in the second group of women who have had it as a feature of their face since their teenage years will almost always result in an unnatural look, particularly when they attempt to smile. For the second group, it is usually better to treat the cheek itself rather than the nasolabial fold.


As we age, our faces begin to feel the pull of gravity and start drooping. There are few places where skin contour deficiencies are more apparent than on the cheeks.

Assessing the contour of the cheek is best done from the “three quarters” or oblique view. When we look at the cheek from this angle, an aesthetically ideal profile should have a slight dip (concave curve) to the lower eyelid/cheek area, a convex curve over the cheekbone itself, and a slight hollowing towards the lower cheek areas.

As we age, however, this “ogee” curve is lost and the profile view of the face becomes flattened. The goal of restoring the skin’s lost volume to the cheek area using dermal fillers is not simply to make the cheek look fatter but to recreate a more attractive facial contour.


As we lose volume in the cheeks, we also tend to hollow out in the temple area. Dermal fillers can be used on these areas too.

The signs of ageing in the temple area are quite subtle, but treating them with an anti-wrinkle dermal filler can help restore an overall softer and rejuvenated outline to your facial appearance.

Mouth Corners

One of the most common areas women want treated with facial fillers is the down turning at the corners of the mouth.

The appearance of static lines that run from the corner of the mouth down towards the chin — the ‘marionette lines’ — can dramatically change the facial appearance. Fortunately, the facial volume in this area can be quickly and effectively restored using dermal fillers.

Achieving a lifting effect is not simply a case of injecting the filler into the marionette lines, but feathering the volume across a broader area to blend the areas between the lower part of the cheek and the chin.

Jawline And Jowls

As we age, the size of the lower jaw shrinks too. This means that the overlying skin can begin to sag and appear excessive.

Restoring volume along the jawline and to the jowls using a transparent dermal filler gel like hyaluronic acid can be an effective, non-surgical alternative to a facelift.

The treatment works very well for people who have mild to moderate jowls and a thin neck — typically in their 30s to early 50s. However, if you have severe excess tissue and sagging jowls, it is unlikely we can improve it using a dermal filler alone. The best treatment will be surgical, such as a One Stitch Facelift.


As we age, the lips lose their natural volume and shape, becoming thin and flat. Dermal fillers for the lips can be used to reverse these changes and give the lips a more voluptuous and youthful appearance. As a result, lip fillers have become popular in anti-ageing clinics.

Dermal fillers for the lips can last a long time. It is commonly believed that lip fillers last somewhere around 6–9 months, but in reality, they can easily last up to two years.

Many women are afraid to have a dermal filler injected into their lips for fear of achieving the dreaded ‘trout pout’ look. However, poor results for lip fillers are primarily a result of poor injection techniques. Done well, the lip filler results should be subtle and natural.

It is important to use a softer lip filler, usually the ones that are actually designed for filling fine lines and wrinkles. It is also, almost always, better to inject the red part of the lip rather than just the border. And in terms of volume, less is more.

It takes a lot of experience to get the balance just right with lip fillers: that’s where our decade of experience in dermal fillers is key. We are known for our dermal fillers in Scotland. When it comes to facial fillers in Glasgow, Dr Darren McKeown’s clinic is the go to.

Why Choose Us for Your Dermal Fillers in Glasgow?

If you are interested in treating your wrinkles with a dermal filler, Glasgow is home to one of Scotland’s leading cosmetic surgeons who also specialise in hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. With over a decade of experience, Dr Darren McKeown and his team are well known for their non-surgical dermal filler treatments. In fact, they have even won awards.

With us, you can rest easy knowing you are in experienced, highly trained hands.

We offer dermal fillers, as well as a wide range of other cosmetic treatments.

Book your dermal filler treatment through the form below or call our clinic (telephone 0141 370 0509).

In just 30 minutes, you could be on your way to younger skin.


I published my first paper in a medical journal, the British Journal of Cancer, in 2004 whilst I was still in my final year of medical school. Since then I have continued to work on aesthetic medical research.

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