What You Should Know Before You Get Dermal Fillers

July 9, 2024
Close-up image of a woman receiving dermal filler injections, showcasing the procedure for facial rejuvenation

Dermal fillers have become increasingly popular as a non-surgical solution for enhancing facial features, reducing wrinkles, and restoring volume loss. If you’re considering getting dermal fillers, it’s important to be well-informed about the procedure, the types of fillers available, and what to expect. Here’s what you should know before you get dermal fillers.

Understanding Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are injectable substances used to plump up the skin, smooth wrinkles, and add volume to various parts of the face. They are commonly used in areas such as the cheeks, lips, nasolabial folds, and under the eyes. The results can be immediate and can last from several months to over a year, depending on the type of filler used.

Types of Dermal Fillers

There are several types of dermal fillers available, each with its unique properties and benefits. The most common types include:

  1. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Fillers:
    • Examples: Teoxane, Belotero, Juvederm, Restylane
    • Benefits: Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the skin that helps retain moisture and add volume. HA fillers are popular due to their natural-looking results and reversibility.
  2. Calcium Hydroxylapatite Fillers:
    • Example: Radiesse
    • Benefits: This type of filler provides a thicker, longer-lasting solution for deeper wrinkles and volume loss. It also stimulates collagen production for long-term benefits.
  3. Poly-L-lactic Acid Fillers:
    • Example: Sculptra
    • Benefits: These fillers work by stimulating the body’s collagen production, resulting in gradual and natural-looking volume restoration over time.

Choosing the Right Practitioner

Selecting a medically qualified and experienced practitioner is crucial for achieving the best results and minimising risks. Look for a Doctor or Nurse Prescriber specialising in aesthetic treatments. GOOGLE THEM! Check who they are (GMC, NMC), read reviews, look at their socials, watch their youtube, listen to their podcast and ask to see before-and-after photos of their previous patients.

What to Expect During the Procedure

The dermal filler procedure is relatively quick and minimally invasive. Here’s what typically happens:

  1. Consultation: Your medical practitioner will assess your facial structure, discuss your goals, and recommend the appropriate type of filler.
  2. Preparation: The treatment area will be cleaned, and a topical numbing cream or local anesthesia may be applied to minimise discomfort.
  3. Injection: The filler is injected into the targeted areas using a fine needle or cannula. You might feel slight pressure or a pinch during the injections.
  4. Post-Treatment: After the injections, your practitioner may gently massage the area to ensure even distribution of the filler. You can usually see immediate results, though there might be some swelling or bruising.

Aftercare and Recovery

After getting dermal fillers, it’s essential to follow your practitioner’s aftercare instructions to achieve the best results and minimise side effects. Common aftercare tips include:

  • Avoid Touching the Area: Refrain from touching, pressing, or massaging the treated area for at least 24 hours.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to help maintain the results of hyaluronic acid fillers.
  • Avoid Strenuous Activities: Avoid vigorous exercise, alcohol, and excessive sun or heat exposure for 24-48 hours after the procedure.
  • Manage Swelling: Use ice packs to reduce swelling and bruising, if necessary.

Potential Risks and Side Effects

While dermal fillers are generally safe, it’s important to be aware of potential risks and side effects. These can include:

  • Swelling and bruising at the injection site
  • Redness or tenderness
  • Allergic reactions
  • Infection
  • Asymmetry or uneven results
  • Lumps or bumps under the skin

Final Thoughts

Dermal fillers can provide a youthful and rejuvenated appearance without the need for surgery. By understanding the different types of fillers, choosing a qualified practitioner, and following proper aftercare, you can achieve natural-looking results that enhance your facial features. If you’re considering dermal fillers, schedule a consultation with our clinic to discuss your goals and find the best treatment plan for you.

Ready to enhance your natural beauty with dermal fillers? Contact us today to book your consultation and take the first step towards a more youthful you.