What are dermal fillers?
How do dermal fillers work?
The dermal filler acts as a replacement for the lost fat and helps to restore our skin to its former youthful appearance.
The material is carefully injected into different layers of the skin depending on the type of filler selected and the patient’s needs. Dermal fillers are available in different thicknesses and viscosity that match the patient’s needs. The thicker products are generally reserved for deep folds or wrinkles, whilst the smoother product is used to plump out fine lines and wrinkles.
What areas can dermal fillers treat?
Typical areas that can be treated are:
Nasolabial lines or folds, which run from each corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth.
Smile lines appearing on the cheeks.
Lip plumping is an extremely popular request by growing number of women purely looking to enhance their natural appearance, as opposed to an anti-ageing solution.
Cheek Volumising can create improved definition of the face that is lost over the years through the ageing process, giving sunken or flat cheeks. As we get older our facial bones shrink causing skin folds to appear. Building up our cheek bones using dermal fillers such as Juvéderm or Sculptra is an effective way of combating these imperfections.
Deep forehead wrinkles, frown and crow’s feet can be treated using dermal fillers, however many patients with fine wrinkles are best treated using Botox.
Wrinkled hands are often the most likely visible sign of ageing and difficult to conceal. Juvéderm Hydrate revitalises hands for a more youthful appearance. Juvéderm Hydrate is not a dermal filler or volumiser, but a treatment specifically designed to improve skin hydration and elasticity in the face, neck, décolletage, and hands. It effectively replenishes depleted levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin to restore a natural, healthy glow.
Are dermal fillers safe?
What does the dermal filler procedure involve?
At consultation the practitioner will take details of patient medical history, current medication and complete a care plan, having discussed the patient’s requirements and expectations. The practitioner will then be in a position to advise treatment options and make individual treatment recommendations.
At the consultation patients will be provided with cost of investment for the treatment options provided. The practitioner will provide the risks associated with injectable treatments in writing. Patients can then reflect on what has been said and be given written treatment information.
Treatments generally take between 30 – 45 minutes. A topical anaesthetic cream will be applied prior to appointment to maximise patient comfort during the procedure. The Juvéderm product, unlike the majority of fillers on the market, has local anaesthetic in the solutions, making the treatment more comfortable. After having the injection, the practitioner will give patients aftercare advice and information.
How painful are the dermal filler injections?
Discomfort levels maybe higher if patients opt for an inexperienced practitioner or use an inferior product.
How soon will I see any result and how long does it last?
Will I look natural?
Are there any side effects?
Injection-related reactions: these reactions may include redness at the injection site immediately after the treatment.
Bruising: occasionally bruising can occur. However the use of micro-cannula (blunt needle) dramatically reduces the risk of bruising.
Contour irregularities can and do occasionally occur. Massaging can usually smooth out any ‘lumpiness’ however if persistent the filler can be easily and rapidly dissolved.
Infection — as with all injections, this procedure carries a risk of infection. The syringe is sterile and standard precautions associated with injectable materials are taken.
Necrosis — one of the worst possible complications of dermal filler. Fortunately, this is extremely rare. It happens when the dermal filler is accidentally injected into a blood vessel and it subsequently blocks the blood supply to the skin/tissue in that area.
Blindness — This is a very rare complication. There have been approximately 100 cases in the world and is caused by injecting dermal filler into blood vessel which has a connection with the artery which supplies blood and oxygen to the eye. There is no treatment so far for this that has been successful.
How will I know which dermal filler is right for me?
Different fillers achieve different outcomes. At your initial consultation with our qualified medical practitioners, we’ll discuss a personalised treatment plan that’s tailored to you. It could be that you need one or more of these options:
- Increase hydration to your face, neck, hands and décolletage
- Smooth fine lines on your forehead and the lower face
- Soften moderate lines in your mouth to chin area and from your nose to lip corners
- Remodel your cheeks and chin, and give more definition
- Minimise scars
- Define or enhance lips, subtly and naturally
- Restore lost facial volume.
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