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All About Dermal Fillers

This is a question that I regularly get asked both in clinic and online. I love this question because I think there are many myths around about fillers and many people don't actually realise how fabulous they really are!




Dermal fillers are made of Hyaluronic Acid, which is a substance that is naturally produced by the body. As skin ages, our cells produce less hyaluronic acid and existing hyaluronic acid starts to degrade. This can lead to age-induced dryness and is also one of the factors responsible for the visible signs of skin aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, a loss of volume and a loss of elasticity.


As you can see in the picture above, Dermal Fillers can be used in many different areas of the face, to sculpt, lift and define. The great thing about this is that they are not permanent, however they will last around 12-18 months before you will require a top up.



What to think about before you have face and lip fillers


If you're thinking about having dermal fillers, be clear about why you want them. Read more about whether a cosmetic procedure is right for you. Having dermal fillers is usually safe if it's done by an experienced and suitably qualified practitioner. Check the person doing your dermal fillers is on a register to show they meet set standards in training, skill and insurance.


Having a consultation before any procedure gives you an opportunity to ask about:


• the practitioner's experience and qualifications

• the name of the product and how and where it's made

• any risks or possible side effects

• what will happen if things go wrong

• what insurance cover they have



What happens when you have face and lip fillers?


An anaesthetic cream will be used first to numb your skin. Injections are given around the area of your face being treated, which is then massaged. It might feel uncomfortable but should not be painful.

The treatment usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on the area being treated.

Afterwards, the affected area may be a bit red, sore and swollen. Any swelling or bruising should settle down in a few days.


"Dermal Fillers LOVE water, stay hydrated to keep your pout 💋"

You should be advised about what to do to help reduce the risk of side effects.

This includes not wearing make-up immediately after the procedure and avoiding alcohol, coffee and the sun.


After having the procedure, although you will notice the results immediately, your final result wont be fully visible until 2 weeks later. This is when a review can take place and any further tweaks done. Dependent on the area being treated, you may need 2-3 appointments as some are best done gradually over time.



Risks


The risks of dermal fillers depend on whether the procedure was done correctly and the type of filler used. Speak to your practitioner about the risks.


Serious problems are rare but can include:

• infection

• a lumpy appearance under the skin, which might need to be treated with surgery or medicine

• the filler moving away from the intended treatment area, which may need to be removed using surgery

• scarring

• blocked blood vessels in the face, which can cause tissue death and permanent blindness


If you have any questions about treatment or would like to book in for a consultation get in touch,


Sabrina xx




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