Dermal Fillers: Myths Versus Facts

Welcome to the amazing world of dermal fillers at My Doctors Clinic Surfers. This article is your ultimate guide to busting myths and discovering the facts about dermal fillers. Whether you’re curious, considering a treatment, or just keen on expanding your knowledge, you’ve landed in the right place.

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Dermal fillers are a popular choice for those looking to enhance their appearance and reduce signs of ageing. However, there’s a lot of information out there, and not all of it is accurate. Today, we’re setting the record straight with a run-down of common myths and facts.

Myths vs. Facts

Myth 1: Dermal Fillers Are Permanent

Fact: Dermal fillers are not permanent. They are made from substances that are naturally absorbed by the body over time. The longevity of the results depends on the type of filler used and the area treated.

Myth 2: Fillers Are Just for Wrinkles

Fact: While dermal fillers are commonly used to treat wrinkles, they have various other applications. They can add volume to cheeks, enhance lip shape, and even improve facial symmetry. Check out our Services for more information on the diverse treatments we provide.

Myth 3: Dermal Fillers Are Painful

Fact: Most patients report a mild discomfort rather than pain during the dermal filler procedure. The treatment area is usually numbed beforehand, and many filler products also contain a local anaesthetic. For further details on what to expect, visit Patient Information.

Myth 4: Fillers and Botox Are the Same

Fact: This is a common misconception. While both are injectables, they work in different ways. Botox relaxes muscles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, whereas fillers add volume to areas of the face.

Myth 5: Recovery Takes a Long Time

Fact: Recovery time is actually quite minimal, with most patients returning to their daily activities straight after the procedure. There may be some swelling or bruising, but this typically subsides within a few days.

The Importance of Choosing a Reputable Clinic

Choosing the right clinic and practitioner is crucial when it comes to dermal fillers. Always look for a clinic that is licensed and adheres to the highest standards of safety and hygiene. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency provides a searchable database of licensed practitioners, ensuring that you’re in safe hands. When considering dermal fillers, it’s crucial to choose a reputable clinic. At My Doctors Clinic Surfers, we ensure that all procedures are conducted by qualified professionals, guaranteeing your safety and satisfaction. You can find more information about our team and their qualifications at meet our team.

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

Dermal fillers work by restoring lost volume to your face and plumping areas, so that deep-set lines are smoothed. As we age, our bodies stop producing collagen and elastin, both of which contribute to the youthful look. Dermal fillers are a minimally invasive treatment that helps to restore these elements and rejuvenate the face.

Are Dermal Fillers Right for Me?

Choosing to get dermal fillers is a personal decision. Many find the treatment beneficial for addressing ageing concerns, enhancing their natural features, or rejuvenating areas that appear tired. It’s essential to have a consultation with a healthcare professional to discuss your needs, expectations, and any potential risks or side effects. The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons provides excellent resources to help you make an informed decision.

How to Prepare for Your Treatment

Proper preparation can help to ensure the success of your dermal filler treatment. Here’s a quick checklist:

  1. Avoid Blood-Thinning Medications: Medications like aspirin and ibuprofen can increase the risk of bruising. Be sure to discuss any medications with your practitioner beforehand.
  2. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your treatment.
  3. Avoid Alcohol: Refrain from consuming alcohol at least 24 hours before your appointment.
  4. Inform Your Practitioner: Be honest about your medical history and any medications or supplements you’re taking.

What to Expect During the Procedure

Dermal filler treatments typically take between 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the area being treated. Your practitioner will clean the area and may apply a numbing cream. The filler is then injected into the targeted areas. You might feel a slight pinching or discomfort, but the procedure is generally not painful.

Post-Treatment Care

Taking care of yourself after the procedure is vital for achieving the best results. Here are some tips:

  1. Avoid Touching the Treated Area: This helps to prevent infection and ensures the filler stays in place.
  2. Stay Out of the Sun: Avoid prolonged sun exposure and tanning beds.
  3. Avoid Strenuous Exercise: For at least 24 hours after your treatment.
  4. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to help speed up the healing process.

Long-Term Benefits and Maintenance

With proper care and regular maintenance treatments, the effects of dermal fillers can last for several months up to two years. Many patients find that regular treatments help to prolong the effects, and over time, they might need less product to maintain their desired look. The Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia provides more insight into the long-term benefits and safety of dermal fillers.

Choosing The Right Practitioner

It’s crucial to choose a qualified and experienced practitioner for your dermal filler treatment. At My Doctors Clinic Surfers, all our practitioners are trained and certified, ensuring you receive the highest standard of care. You can trust us with your treatment, and we encourage you to explore why choose us for more information on our qualifications and standards.

Understanding The Different Types of Fillers

There are various types of dermal fillers available, each designed to target specific areas and concerns. Some fillers are thicker and provide more volume, while others are softer and offer a more subtle enhancement. Your practitioner will discuss the best options for your needs during your consultation. For an overview of the different types of fillers.

Combining Treatments for Enhanced Results

Many patients choose to combine dermal fillers with other treatments for enhanced results. Treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections, laser therapy, or skin treatments can complement the effects of dermal fillers, providing a more comprehensive rejuvenation. Discussing your overall aesthetic goals with your practitioner can help to determine the best combination of treatments for you.

Embracing a Holistic Approach

While dermal fillers can provide remarkable results, it’s important to embrace a holistic approach to skin health. This includes maintaining a healthy lifestyle, staying hydrated, and protecting your skin from the sun. The Cancer Council Australia provides great resources on how to protect your skin from UV damage, an essential step in maintaining healthy, youthful skin.


Dermal fillers are a fantastic way to enhance your appearance and achieve a youthful look. But, it’s paramount to bust the myths and know the facts before diving in. At My Doctors Clinic Surfers, we’re committed to providing accurate information and top-notch services. Ready to take the next step? Get in touch with us today and let’s chat about how we can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, when administered by a qualified professional, dermal fillers are considered safe. However, like any medical procedure, there are risks involved. It’s important to discuss your medical history and any potential risks with your practitioner beforehand.

The longevity of dermal fillers depends on the type of filler used and the area treated. Generally, results can last from 6 months to 2 years.

Yes, certain types of dermal fillers can be dissolved if necessary. This is usually done with an enzyme called hyaluronidase.

Most patients return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure. There may be some swelling or bruising, but this typically subsides within a few days.

The cost of dermal fillers varies depending on the type of filler used and the amount required.

It is generally advised to avoid dermal fillers during pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, you should discuss your individual circumstances with your practitioner.

Podiatrist Paul Clarke

Paul Clarke is a Podiatrist who specialises in the treatment and rehabilitation of pain in the foot, ankle and lower limb. Paul has worked amongst multidisciplinary clinical settings including GP’s, Podiatric Surgeons, Vascular Surgeons & Specialists, Chronic disease specialists and Podiatrists who specialise in Biomechanics and orthoses manufacturing and modifications. Paul is a graduate of the University of Newcastle, New South Wales.

Paul has a reputation for being particularly skilled and precise with a scalpel. His professional clinical interests include but are not limited to:

  • Toe nail surgeries (both PNA/TNA with matrix phenolisation). Toe and nail pathologies (Elongated nails, toe and nail deformity and fungal nail infections).
  • Achilles Tendonopathies (Trained in shockwave therapy). Heel pain (Plantar fasciitis, fat pad atrophy, nerve entrapment, apophysitis and osteochondrosis)
  • Ankle pathologies (Sprains, nerve impingements and tarsal coalitions)
  • Forefoot pathologies (Forefoot deformities/pain, Morton’s neuroma, bursitis, bunions and arthritis). Mid foot pathologies (Osteoarthritis and Tibial Post dysfunction/adult acquired flatfoot deformity)
  • Hip and lower back pain from mal foot alignment and tibial/femoral torsion
  • Paediatrics (Wart debridement, developmental growth milestones, orthotics, general assessments and deformities of the lower limb)
  • Diabetic assessments and education
  • Biomechanics and orthoses manufacturing and modifications (Custom and off the shelf devices and biomechanical assessments).


Paul Clarke forms a great asset to any multidisciplinary clinical team. Renowned for his kind and warm nature, Paul tends to build great rapport with patients and medical professionals alike.

Physiotherapist Patrick Harrington

Patrick Harrington Physiotherapist, B Ex Sc, M Phty Patrick has a strong interest for learning about the human body and educating on the best ways to ensure successful rehabilitation when injured.

Patrick graduated Griffith University with a Bachelor in Exercise Science, followed by a Masters in Physiotherapy degree. With a background in competitive surf-lifesaving and swimming, he has a passion for treating and educating on injuries relating to the musculoskeletal system. Patrick approaches each individual patient by educating and empowering them, in order to achieve the best health outcomes possible.

Patrick’s professional interests include:

Musculoskeletal Injuries: Treating areas including shoulders, neck & lower back, ankles, hips, and wrists, by creating programs containing manual therapy and exercises to benefit each individual patient.

Cardiorespiratory Conditions: Education and use of a variety of breathing techniques, as well as walking programs to obtain the best health outcomes.

Neurological Conditions: Retraining of gait, developing muscle strength, and developing a specific program in order to restore deficits as much as possible.

Dietitian Kailey Henry

Kailey has a passion for food and learning how nutrients interact and influence the health of our bodies.
Kailey graduated with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from Griffith University on the Gold Coast, and has since been sharing her passion and expertise within the community through individual consultations and group education. Kailey takes a holistic and individualized approach to nutrition, with a focus on empowering each individual to make positive, lifelong lifestyle changes through achievable goals.

Kailey’s professional interests include, but are not limited to:

  • Paediatric nutrition and pregnancy/breastfeeding
  • Education & strategies for fussy eaters, faltering growth, meeting key nutrition recommendations for conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Chronic disease management
  • Nutritional management of diabetes, cholesterol health, cardiovascular disease, COPD, renal disease and liver disease.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Minimising abdominal discomfort, improving altered bowel habits, education on food choices for self-management.

Dr Day Hong Ma

Qualifications: Currently registered in the Medical Council of Australia as a Vocational Registered GP and Specialist General Surgeon. Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery University of Adelaide, South Australia MBBS. Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and London Master degree in Skin Cancer Medicine in University of Queensland. Extensive experience in various aspects of General Practice. In the past I have been a Senior Lecturer of the University of Queensland and Assistant Professor of Bond University involving teaching medical students. I was a supervisor for the Royal Australasian College of General Practice, involved in training junior GP. I also trained many Overseas Trained Doctors. At the present time I am a GP with the following special interests : 1. Skin Cancers skin cancer checks with Mol Max and dermoscopy. I was awarded a Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy from the International Dermoscopy Society surgical excisions of complex skin cancers ( sun cancers and melanomas ) non surgical approach to some skin cancers and precancerous lesions such as Photo Dynamic Therapy and cautery and curettage. 2. Cosmetic Medicine This includes micro needling, platelet rich plasma, and injectables such as fillers and neuromuscular modulators. I have completed the training course under the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and Australian Skin Skills Education and Training. Dr Ma also speaks Chinese Mandarin

Dr Greeshma Tummala

I am overseas trained GP and practiced for more than 5 years in India although completed AMC licensing exam here. In India, I have practiced in all aspects of general practice.

My areas of Interest are: Women’s Health, cervical cancer screening, Antenatal Care, Child Immunisations, Chronic Disease Management, Implanon Insertion and Removal, Mental Health, Pregnancy Counselling, Travel Vaccinations, Women’s Health, Medicinal Treatment.

Dr. Tariq Hayat Jamaldini

Qualifications: MBBS, AMC Certified, FRACGP, Fellowship Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Speaks: English, Balochi, Brahui, Hindi, and Urdu

Dr. Tariq Hayat Jamaldini is a highly experienced General Practitioner (GP) / Family Medicine Physician with a distinguished career spanning over 20 years in the field of healthcare. Renowned for his profound knowledge, comprehensive and compassionate approach, Dr. Tariq Jamaldini ensures that every family member, from infants to seniors, receives the individualised care they deserve. With a strong commitment to promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of his patients, Dr. Tariq Hayat Jamaldini has solidified his reputation as a trusted healthcare professional in the community. His medical practice is built on a foundation of integrity, empathy, and a genuine desire to improve the lives of those he treats. Through his dedication to continues learning and clinical excellence, he has expertly diagnosed, treated, and managed a wide range of health conditions, placing him at the forefront of Family Medicine.

Areas of Expertise:

Dr. Tariq Jamaldini’s diverse expertise encompasses various areas of medicine, making him a well-rounded practitioner capable of addressing a wide range of patient needs. His dedication to improving the health and well-being of his patients continues to be the driving force behind his successful medical career. 

  • General Practice: Tariq Hayat Jamaldini is a trusted General Practitioner (GP) who focuses on providing a wide range of general medical services to patients of all ages. Whether you need preventive care, health assessments, or treatment for common illnesses, you can trust Dr. Jamaldini to deliver compassionate and personalized healthcare with his holistic approach.  
  • Cosmetic Medicine: Dr Tariq Hayat Jamaldini has been actively involved in performing cosmetic procedures since 2009. His interest in cosmetic medicine reflects his belief in the importance of helping patients look and feel their best. His expertise in cosmetic procedures, such as anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, PRP injections, allows him to provide patients with safe and effective solutions to enhance their appearance and boost their confidence.
  • Skin Cancer: Tariq Jamaldini takes a proactive approach to skin cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. His comprehensive knowledge of skin cancer, coupled with his skill in performing screenings and providing treatment options, has saved many lives. 
  • Medicinal Prescriber: Tariq Jamaldini is a certified and authorized specialist prescriber for medicinal, helping patients manage chronic pain and various medical conditions with this alternative therapy. His thorough understanding of the medical benefits of ensures that patients receive the best possible care. 
  • Men’s Health: Tariq Jamaldini understands the unique healthcare needs of men and provides specialized services tailored to men’s health concerns. Whether its addressing issues related to prostate health, sexual health, hormonal imbalances, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculations, hair loss or overall wellness, Dr. Jamaldini is here to support men in their healthcare journey.
  • Opioid Dependence Treatment: Dr Tariq Jamaldini has been a licensed opioid prescriber with Queensland Opioid Treatment Program since 2013. During this time, he has successfully treated and stabilized a significant number of patients who were struggling with opioid dependency. If you or a loved one is facing the challenges of opioid addiction, Dr. Jamaldini provides compassionate and evidence-based treatment choices. His steady dedication is focused on assisting individuals in their journey to overcome addiction and reclaim their health and overall well-being.

Dr Tariq Hayat Jamaldini dedication to providing high-quality healthcare, combined with his multifaceted expertise, makes him a respected and valued member of the medical community. His patients appreciate his unwavering commitment to their well-being and the comprehensive care he provides across various medical disciplines.

Book an online appointment or call: 07 55922299

Dr Altaf Latif Ayyaril

General Practitioner, Male, MBBS, AMC, Fellowship Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.Speaks Malayalam, and English  Dr Altaf Latif Ayyaril is a vocationally qualified and experienced General Practitioner from India having completed his Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, India in 2002. He started his medical career in various medical facilities in Kerala, India. He moved to Australia in 2007 and commenced working at Alice Springs Hospital, NT. He has since worked in hospitals in Melbourne, Gold Coast, Toowoomba and commenced General Practice in 2016 in Kilcoy QLD followed by North Stradbroke Island and Beaudesert. He was awarded a Fellow of the Royal Australia College of General Practitioners in 2021. Dr Altaf has special interests in Chronic Disease Management, Acute Management and Mental health amongst other areas of General Practice. He also performs skin cancer checks and minor skin procedures. Dr Altaf speaks Malayalam in addition to English.  

Areas of interest:

  • General Family Medicine
  • Mens health
  • Chronic disease management
  • Health assessments
  • Mental health
  • Skin cancer Checks
  • Minor surgical procedures.

Dr Paul Fisher

Diploma of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (Dip RACOG) Dr.Fisher qualified as a Pharmacist before completing a medical degree at The University of Tasmania. After working in hospitals & General Practice in Tasmania & Queensland, He commenced work at My Doctors Clinic (formerly The Day & Night Medical Centre) 20 years ago. He is a Medical Officer in The Air Force Reserve & has worked as a Doctor for the Defence Department over the past 30 years. Paul is interested in all areas of General Practice with a special interest in Mental Health (He is a Doctor for Beyond Blue), Obstetrics (Maternity) & Diabetes.