What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are natural or synthetic gels that are injected into the skin to volumise, lift and improve the appearance of lines. Most dermal fillers are completely biodegradable and temporary, however there are some permanent fillers available as well. Although the idea of a more permanent filler may seem more appealing to a patient, they are generally associated with more complications and longer-term problems and RARELY used in practice.
How do they work?
Dermal fillers are injected directly into the skin to provide instant correction.
Does it hurt?
Many dermal fillers contain local anaesthetic to provide pain relief during the procedure although you may choose to apply a topical anaesthetic cream or ice prior to treatment to numb the skin.
The procedure may be uncomfortable but is not usually painful. Certain areas, such as the lips, are more sensitive.
Which treatment areas do we offer?
✓ To enhance cheek volume and/or shape
✓ To define, correct or enhance lips
✓ To soften and correct facial wrinkles or folds
✓ To restore lost volume in hands to reduce the appearance of veins and tendons
✓ To improve the tone, texture and hydration of the skin
✓ All make up will need to be removed prior to treatment, attend ‘fresh faced’ if possible. Contamination with make-up can cause infection.
✓ Taking the following within 72 hours of treatment may increase your risk of bruising – Alcohol, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, St. John’s Wort, Fish oils, Gingko Biloba, Vitamins C and E.
✓ Do cancel if you are at all unwell, even minor coughs and colds can increase your risk of post treatment complications.
✓ Reschedule if you think you have or are developing a cold sore. Treatment around the mouth can trigger or spread cold sore infections.
✓ Do contact the clinic to discuss any illness or new medicines prior to attending.
✓ Make-up should not be worn for 12 hours’ and the skin should be kept clean, with normal cleansing. Do not use cleansing wipes which may irritate the skin.
✓ Avoid extremes of heat or cold, vigorous exercise, alcohol and massage (unless specifically asked to do so) on the day of treatment.
✓ Avoid sun bathing and extremes of heat for 14 days as this has been shown to increase and prolong swelling.
Most people can continue with normal activities. Some will have some redness, pinprick marks, swelling (particularly following a lip treatment) which should settle within a few days.
Bruising and swelling may be more apparent the next day and can take up to 14 days to disappear. Tenderness should settle within 48 hours.
Am I suitable for treatment?
✓ Dermal fillers cannot be used in pregnant or breast-feeding women.
✓ Not suitable if you are currently taking certain medicines, particularly drugs that affect the immune system.
✓ If you have previously experienced adverse reactions to dermal fillers or local anaesthetic.
✓ Treatment is not recommended if you are suffering from any skin infection in or near the treatment area or are unwell in any way (even a cold).
✓ Not suitable for patients with bleeding problems.
✓ If you are taking any medicines which affect bleeding, such as aspirin or warfarin.
✓ If you are currently or have recently completed a course of Roaccutane (acne treatment) in the last 18 months.