What does a Dermal Filler Treatment Involve?
As we age, we lose the volume in our face that makes our skin look plump and youthful, so dermal fillers can be used to ‘fill out’ lines and wrinkles and replace lost volume in the skin caused by ageing. They can also be used as a non-surgical alternative to facial implants to add volume to the cheeks or chin, to correct minor deformities in the nose, to get rid of hollows underneath the eyes and to plump up thin lips.
There are many different types of dermal fillers available which last anywhere between three months and five years. Although dermal fillers, particularly temporary fillers, are now very safe, you should make sure you are seeing a properly qualified practitioner to avoid any complications. Dermal fillers can be injected by any medically trained practitioner who has undergone suitable training, including aesthetic nurses, doctors, dentists, surgeons and dermatologists. Beauty therapists should not inject dermal fillers. Dermal filler treatments are becoming increasingly common in the UK as they offer rejuvenation with out the expense or downtime of invasive surgery. As the use of dermal filler products has grown, so has the choice of different filler substances. There are now many options on the market, so it is important to find the right product for you. Look at some of the dermal filler before and after photos right here!
Am I a Candidate? As we age, the skin gradually loses some of its collagen and fat, resulting in sagging skin with more noticeable lines. Dermal fillers are suitable for those who want to restore youthful volume to the skin and smooth out wrinkles.
What Happens Before Treatment? – During your first visit to a clinic, you should explain what you expect from a dermal filler treatment and how you would like to look afterwards. You must discuss which filler is best for you and how much it will cost. Fillers come in different thicknesses, and in general, the thicker the product, the deeper it is injected into the skin to help plump out fine to deep lines and wrinkles. Your practitioner should discuss any potential problems connected with the treatment, such as allergies or if a skin test is required before treatment.
What Happens During Treatment? – For treatment of lines and wrinkles, particularly in the sensitive lip area, an anaesthetic cream is sometimes applied 20 minutes or so prior to injection. This helps to numb the area to be treated and reduces pain when the needle is inserted into the skin. Different injection techniques are used depending on the type of filler and the area being treated, but generally one or more injections will be made, then the practitioner may gently massage the area to ensure a smooth and even distribution of the dermal filler. Depending on the type of filler used and the area treated, top up treatments are usually required to maintain the effect.
What Is The Recovery Time? – Treatment times can vary from 30-60 minutes, and recovery time can be from a few hours to a few days depending on the area treated and which filler is used. Most people find they can return to normal activities straight after a dermal filler treatment.
What Are The Benefits? – Fillers can boost the volume of the lips, fill out lines around the lips, smooth wrinkles from the nose to the corners of the mouth, as well as plump out crow’s feet and smooth forehead wrinkles. Thicker fillers can also be used to add volume to sunken cheeks and weak chins, reshape the tip of the nose and to fill out deeper wrinkles. Dermal fillers can also be used to rejuvenate aged hands. Different combinations of types of fillers are often used in order to achieve the best results.
What Are The Side Effects Of Dermal Fillers? – Depending on the area injected, patients usually find dermal filler procedures relatively painless, although there may be some mild discomfort during treatments to the sensitive nose or lip areas. There may be some slight bleeding immediately post-injection, then some mild bruising, redness and swelling around the site of injection for 2-3 days. Rarely, allergic reactions can occur after treatment – you should return to your practitioner if you experience prolonged redness, swelling, itching and or hardness and bumps in the skin. FInd out more about dermal fillers side effects here.
What Types of Dermal Fillers Are Available? – Dermal fillers can be either permanent or non-permanent, depending upon how long you would like the results to last. Permanent fillers give a longer lasting effect, but they are currently not widely used as there is still a lack of research into the long-term side effects. Permanent fillers can be made from Polyacrylamide, Alkyl-imide, or combinations of Hyaluronic acid with Dextran microspheres or PMMA beads in bovine collagen.
Non-permanent dermal fillers are much more widely used in the UK, with Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen fillers being the most widely used. The benefit of these substances is that they come in different thicknesses, so the practitioner can choose the most appropriate one depending on the depth of your wrinkles. Newer non-permanent fillers use polylactic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite to fill, smooth or sculpt the skin. Most of the ingredients in non-permanent dermal fillers have been widely used and clinically tested for safety and effectiveness.
What Are The Cost? – Costs for dermal fillers vary depending on the type of dermal filler used and the quantity of filler required. Prices may vary from £150 to over £750 per treatment session.