Dermal fillers treatment involves injecting a medically developed solution under the skin with a fine needle to enhance facial features and plump and fill lines, grooves or sunken areas. The substance commonly is hyaluronic acid which is naturally broken down by the body, other components in the filler will help with the appearance of hydration in the skin. It is a gel substance and different products are used for different areas depending on the longevity of the product i.e. fior hands a firmer product is used than like with lips. Administered correctly by a medical professional, dermal fillers can subtly smooth, soften, contour and tone the skin; restore youthful plumpness and enhance and define your features.
Dermal fillers are used to treat a range of skin concerns, including lack of volume and shallow to deep wrinkles and folds. Popular areas to add volume and fullness to include the lips, cheeks and hands.
Dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring sugar present in every part of our bodies. It helps to keep the cells and tissues together, and keep the structure of the skin hydrated and lifted.
As we age, much like the collagen and elastin in our skin, the amount of hyaluronic acid we have starts to reduce. This leads to loss of volume and structure in the skin. Dermal filler is therefore great for giving structure (such as in the cheeks), for filling in lines such as nasolabial (nose to mouth) folds, and for giving hydration to the areas treated.
In general, anyone with a suitable area to treat who is not pregnant, breastfeeding or allergic to any of the constituents of the product. A full medical history is taken at every consultation, prior to any treatment being performed.
Dermal filler may not be suitable for you if you are prone to keloid scarring.
Dermal fillers typically last between 6-12 months, depending on where anatomically they have been used, the quality of your skin, and the amount and type of product used.
For some areas, dermal filler can be used in conjunction with anti-wrinkle Botox® injections, to not only achieve a better result but also to enable the effects of the filler to last longer.
Due to the nature of the treatment, dermal filler application can be more painful than that of anti-wrinkle injections. Prior to each treatment with filler, a small amount of topical anaesthetic (numbing cream) is applied to the area to be treated. This usually takes 15-20 minutes to take effect.
All of the dermal fillers I use have local anaesthetic in them, which makes the treatment even more comfortable. For lip filler, to ensure as comfortable a procedure as possible, a local anaesthetic can sometimes be given. For cheek filler, often no anaesthetic is required at all! All of the available options will be discussed when we meet for your consultation.
Due to topical anaesthesia being applied to the skin and also being present in the filler itself, numbness will be felt in that area for a couple of hours after the treatment. Following treatment, some redness, swelling and\or bruising may be noticeable. Whilst everything possible is done to avoid this, I always recommend that dermal filler treatment be planned with respect to any upcoming engagements – you should expect to look your best approximately 2 weeks after application.