How only 1mL of dermal filler can improve your whole face

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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In the 21st century “more is better” has almost become a mantra. More online shopping, more social media interaction and more bingeing on Netflix. But in the cosmetic industry, more is definitely not better when it comes to dermal filler injections. For the past few decades dermal fillers have become a popular non-surgical, anti-ageing treatment to enhance the cheeks, lips, brow and face. Dermal fillers are a bioengineered synthetic substance that’s similar to what’s naturally found in your body. Over the last 12 months or so, Dr Gavin Chan (MBBS, Cosmetic Physician, Liposuctionist) has discovered that only 1mL of dermal filler is needed to enhance your whole face.

When Dr Gavin Chan was a trainer for a major dermal filler company, he got free access to dermal fillers to teach other Cosmetic Doctors how to inject. He recalls, “we really wanted to demonstrate how much change we can make to a patient’s face. In one sitting I remember injecting 14-15 mLs of dermal filler!” Fast forward to today, and Dr Gavin Chan now understands that large volumes of dermal filler aren’t required to create a fresh-faced look.

Why less dermal filler is better for your face

A few months ago, Dr Gavin Chan discovered that dermal fillers stay in your face a lot longer than first thought. His MRI studies shows that dermal filler longevity can last up to 10 years.  Dr Gavin Chan’s also discovered that dermal fillers can migrate around the face, “the dermal filler in your cheek can move across the cheek while the dermal filler in your lips can move out of them.”

Cosmetic practitioners charge per mL of dermal filler. Dr Gavin Chan surmises that some practitioners may be unconsciously wanting to inject more dermal filler into their patients to make more money. He adds, “if the patient wants more fillers, many cosmetic practitioners will agree. There’s pressure as a cosmetic doctor to inject more dermal filler, not less. More dermal filler injections lead to a bloated and puffy look though. Given the longevity of fillers and the risk of migration should we be injecting more and more filler?”

How 1mL of dermal filler can be used to enhance your face

Traditionally cosmetic practitioners would inject 1mL of dermal filler into one area of the face. For example, 1mL for your lips and 1 mL to 2 mLs for your cheek. Over the last couple of years, Dr Gavin Chan has been injecting the entire face with only 1mL of dermal filler.

How much dermal filler to use

When you see 1mL of dermal filler, it looks like a very small amount. So how does 1mL of dermal filler enhance your face?

Dermal filler is extremely hydrophilic and attracts many times its weight in water. It binds with water and gets more voluminous, so 1 mL of dermal filler actually goes a very long way. Dermal fillers are very effective at projecting the skin. A skilled cosmetic practitioner can carefully place dermal filler at strategic points of your face to get a fresher, more youthful look.

With dermal filler companies offering so many different types of dermal fillers (from soft to firm) it can be challenging for cosmetic practitioners to decide which dermal filler to use. If you’re only going to use 1mL of dermal filler, Dr Gavin Chan believes cosmetic practitioners should take the time to understand how to inject one type of dermal filler only. This enables the cosmetic practitioner to become an expert at understanding how the dermal filler works and how much lift and projection it gives to the face. Dr Gavin Chan notes, “the dermal filler choice is confusing for people. As long as the fillers we use are safe and have a proven track record then we can really stick to using only one dermal filler.”

Only using 1mL of dermal filler makes treatment a lot more affordable for patients. Dr Gavin Chan muses, “When it comes to cost usually the more money that is spent with a cosmetic practitioner the higher the patient’s expectations. This is a very slippery slope to go down. The more dermal filler you inject, the higher the patient expectations are. It’s actually harder to make someone look more attractive with more filler.”

Cosmetic practitioners who have only 1mL of dermal filler to use for the entire face will need to inject slower. They can also be more accurate with a smaller amount of filler as they have a greater likelihood of pinpointing the exact problem area of the patient’s face and alleviating that problem with a small amount of filler.

Dr Gavin Chan notes, “the patients are thrilled because they’ve spent less money and they look more attractive when they walk out of our medical clinic.”

Where to get the best dermal filler treatment in Melbourne

Dr Gavin Chan’s discovery that only 1mL of dermal filler is needed to enhance your face means the treatment won’t be as expensive. While some patients may need more dermal filler initially, the subsequent treatments only need to be 1mL. Dr Gavin Chan notes, “by using less dermal filler used in patient’s faces, they walk out of our medical clinic looking fresh and youthful, not bloated and puffy.”

When you’re researching which medical clinic to attend for dermal filler treatment, it’s important to ask the following questions:

  • Will the dermal filler treatment be administered by a Cosmetic Doctor or Cosmetic Nurse?
  • Do the Cosmetic Doctors and Cosmetic Nurses have good injecting skills and an aesthetic eye to ensure their patients look fresh not fake?
  • How long are the dermal filler treatment appointments? We suggest they need to be at least 60 minutes. This ensures the Cosmetic Doctor or Cosmetic Nurse can give their patients get the best possible outcomes.
  • Does the medical clinic have current before and after photos you can view?

Since 2005, Dr Gavin Chan and his team of highly trained and experienced Cosmetic Doctors and Cosmetic Nurses have been enhancing their patient’s faces by using dermal fillers. At your consultation the Cosmetic Doctor or Cosmetic Nurse will assess your face, ask what you’d like to improve and give you treatment options. For some patients, dermal filler treatment may not be appropriate. If you have a lot of facial volume loss, it may be more appropriate to get facial fat transfer or collagen stimulation. Call our friendly customer service team to book a consultation today 1300 863 824 or fill in the form below.

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