All About Dermal Fillers
 

Use and Benefits of Dermal Fillers

If you are considering having dermal fillers, be certain about why you want them. Most practitioners offer free consultations. You may want to have a few consultations with different practitioners to discuss your areas of concern and how dermal fillers can help to achieve the results you want. Take time to find a reputable practitioner who is properly qualified and practises in a clean, safe and appropriate environment. Ask the practitioner what could be done if something were to go wrong. Find out what type of filler your practitioners use and discuss the different products. Ask it is recognised and approved a product that is sourced from reputable pharmacies.

 

 

Most dermal fillers are temporary.

Injectable hyaluronic acid (HA) is a type of temporary filler. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally throughout the body, with the highest concentrations in the joints, eyes and skin. In the skin, hyaluronic acid attracts water, which allows the skin to become more hydrated.

As we age, the fat, muscles, bone and skin begins to thin. This loss of volume can lead to either sunken or sagging appearance to the face, fine lines, wrinkles, folds and thin lips. Injectable HA is used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, facial folds and to create structure, framework and volume to the face and lips. The effects of injectable hyaluronic acid are seen immediately and the results are optimal around 2 weeks after the procedure.

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”

― Coco Chanel

A variety of injectable HA’s is currently available.

You may have heard of different products from Juvederm, Galderma, Teoxane and many more. Each of these HA fillers has unique characteristics, which influences what areas on the face are best injected, what level the should be injected in the skin and their longevity after injection.

 

Most practitioners will have a preferred range product. My preferred product choice is the Juvederm range of fillers. 

This consists of two ranges: Juvederm Ultralasting 9 – 12 months and Juvederm Vycrossrange lasting 12 – 18 months. The latest Vycross range is specifically designed to be smooth, natural looking and very long lasting with much less swelling making them the perfect first choice fillers.

 

Outcomes and longevity will vary for individual people and are influenced by the area of the face to be injected, the different properties of the hyaluronic acid filler, the person’s age lifestyle and their skin condition at the time of injection. For example, results in the lips may last 6 months, but results for the nose to mouth lines may last 9 – 12 months or longer. Voluma ( Vycross range) can last up to 24 months when injected into the cheeks. After that time, additional injections are required to maintain the desired effect.
When is it not appropriate to have dermal fillers?

It is important that you have a full consultation with your practitioner beforehand to make sure that you are suitable to have the procedure. However, fillers are not recommended for people who have any of the following:

  • Active facial or oral herpes, active acne, skin infections
  • Ear, nose and throat infections
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Blood-clotting problems
  • Allergy to any components of the filler
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Dental infections (avoid planned dental procedures 2 weeks before and after treatment)
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Some autoimmune conditions

There may be other considerations in your medical history/medications that may prevent you from having dermal fillers. Your practitioner will discuss this with you.

Possible side effects and complications from dermal fillers.

Common side effects include:

  • Rashes
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Redness

Uncommon side effects include:

  • Numbness
  • Allergic reactions
  • Infection

Rare side effects include:

  • Inflammatory reactions
  • Migration of filler
  • Nodules
  • Vascular occlusion

 

What to expect following the procedure

It is quite normal for there to be slight redness, swelling and tenderness around the treated area immediately after treatment, Theses signs generally disappear after a few days but you will be advised to contact your practitioner if they persist longer.

It is recommended that you:

  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours following treatment.
  • Sleep more upright for 1 to 2 nights.
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours.
  • Avoid rubbing the area for 24 hours
  • Avoid extremes of temperature, sun exposure, sauna’s etc. for 2 weeks.

If you have any concerns after your procedure you should contact your practitioner immediately so that any possible complications can be managed appropriately.

 

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