Everything You Want To Know About Dermal Fillers But Were Afraid To Ask
Dermal Filler is a very popular treatment which can give fantastic, natural looking results. Before embarking on treatment most people ask these questions.
What actually is a Dermal Filler?
A Dermal Filler is a smooth, clear, non-animal based product which is made in a laboratory from Hyaluronic Acid and Lidocaine. We produce hyaluronic acid naturally, it is the watery substance in our cells which delivers nutrients. Hyaluronic acid attracts water so skin becomes plump and rehydrated. A syringe of Dermal Filler usually comes in a sterile package, pre- filled in sizes of either 1ml, or 0.5ml.
What areas of the face can be treated with Dermal Filler?
There is great versatility available when treating the face. Dermal Fillers come in varying thicknesses for different applications. As the face ages, bone structure diminishes, and the underlying fat pads move downwards and more centrally. A thicker Dermal Filler can help to restore cheek bones, lifting the midface and the jowl area, or add shape and volume to the lips. Sagging jaw lines can be contoured, tear troughs made less apparent and the nose to mouth lines softened. Even noses and chins can be straightened and improved. Dermal Filler can also be to simply plump out or fill, lines and wrinkles, making them less pronounced which gives an overall smoother and younger appearance.
How long does it take?
Usually, the treatment itself takes around 5-10 minutes. However, be prepared to be in the clinic for around 40 minutes. During this time pre-treatment photographs will be taken, numbing cream applied and information sheets and consent forms explained fully. Aftercare advice will also be given and post treatment pictures taken.
Does it hurt?
All injectable treatments involve some degree of discomfort but when you visit a Medical Practitioner who is highly skilled in the administration of Dermal Filler, this is kept to a minimum. Numbing Cream containing Lidocaine (a local anaesthetic) is generally applied prior to the Dermal Filler treatment to ensure patient comfort. Virtually all Dermal Filler products now also contain Lidocaine too.
How long does it last?
This is a difficult question to answer as it can depend on a number of factors. Dermal Fillers made of hyaluronic acid are non-permanent, meaning they are gradually reabsorbed by the body and disappear over time. The thicker Fillers tend to last longer, on average 18 months for cheeks and jaw lines. Mid thickness Dermal Fillers, like those for the nose to mouth lines or lips tend to last around a year or so, whereas fine fillers for surface lines can be around 6 to 8 months. Other factors also come into play as well. Lifestyle choice can affect longevity. People who work out a lot, have high metabolisms, smoke, or use sunbeds tend to break down the Dermal Filler more rapidly than those with a more sedentary lifestyle. It also tends to last a bit longer the older the patient, with younger patients needing slightly more regular treatments.
When do you see the results of Dermal Filler treatment?
Unlike Botox treatment which begins to work after a few days, the affects of Dermal Fillers can be seen immediately. However, the best results are achieved approximately 2 weeks after treatment when the product has had some time to settle down and absorb water. During this time any swelling or bruising will have diminished also.
Will I look Fake?
We have all seen those people haven’t we! The simple answer is NO you can look totally natural and normal, just a slightly better version of yourself. There are tens of thousands of people walking around who have had some Dermal Filler treatments which look subtle, and you would never know. Some patients prefer to have a more obvious look so different injection techniques are used to suit each individual.
Are Dermal Fillers safe?
The million dollar question! Yes, when performed by a medically qualified Doctor, Dentist or Nurse. These qualified practitioners will have received expert ongoing training, will be medically insured and will also know just what to do if anything doesn’t go to plan (highly unlikely but still possible) It is very important also to only use products of the highest quality from reputable manufacturers and pharmacies with a proven track record for safety.