5 things you need to know about Dermal Fillers?

What are dermal fillers and how do they work?

Dermal Fillers are injected under the skin to replace or augment volume in a way that aims to improve the aesthetics of the face.

Dermal fillers have a gel consistency which can vary in viscosity. They are based on hyaluronic acid which naturally exists in the human body. I currently use the Juvéderm range of fillers, which are market leaders and produce outstanding results. Dermal fillers are long lasting but not permanent with treatments typically lasting 6-18 months.

Dermal fillers give a natural looking result due to the following;

– Soft gel texture

– Integration with your natural tissues

– Comes in different viscosities depending on the area being treated

The most common areas treated are;

– Nasiolabial Folds (nose to mouth lines)

– Marionette lines (either side of the mouth)

– Smokers lines

– Lips

– Chin and jawline filler

– Nose filler

– Tear trough filler

– Cheek filler

Do dermal filler injections hurt?

Before injecting the dermal filler gel, I will apply a local anaesthetic cream to numb the area to be treated. This makes the procedure relatively painless.

What are the side effects of dermal fillers?

It is normal to have some mild swelling and soreness after receiving dermal fillers. This is temporary and resolves quickly. Throughout the procedure the health of the tissue being treated will be monitored. In very rare circumstances sometimes a little bit of filler gets into the wrong position it can get into a blood vessel. This could lead to a scar or compromise the blood vessel. If this was the case the I would need to dissolve the filler.

Are dermal fillers reversible?

Yes – dermal fillers are fully reversible with Hyalase. Hyalase is injected into the area, quickly and effectively dissolving the filler.

Dermal fillers and COVID-19

Current advice is to avoid dermal fillers for 2 weeks before your covid vaccination and 3 weeks after. If you have been infected with Covid-19, do not have dermal filler for the first 3 weeks of being symptom free.

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