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Dermal Filler Treatment Information

Dermal Filler injections Dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid based soft tissue fillers which are used to fill facial lines and restore volume.

The most common brand of dermal fillers is Juvederm by market leaders Allergan.

 

Which areas can be treated? 

Most clients request treatment on one or more of these facial areas:

  • Nose to mouth lines (Nasolabial folds)

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  • Marionette Lines
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  • Lips

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  • Smokers Lines

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 How does the treatment work?

Using a needle, small quantities of the filler are injected into the dermal layer of the skin. The product temporarily fills wrinkles, restores volume loss and enhances features by lifting and supporting the skin in the area being treated.

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How soon will I see the effects and how long do the effects last?

The initial effects of the treatment are seen straight away but it can take up to 14 days to see the full effect. You may be advised to book a follow up appointment 2-3 weeks after if you would like your treatment reviewed or if additional product is needed. This can help to optimise the results and maximise the duration. The effects of the treatment usually last between 6 and 8 months, this will vary from person to person. The average effect of treatment to the lips is less than in other areas dues to the high vascularisation and action of the lip area. Deep lines will be softened and may take a couple of treatments until the optimum result is seen. Fine lines can almost disappear.

 

Is it safe and is it painful?

 Millions of people worldwide have had these injections and the safety of the product is well established. You should be aware that most dermal filler products contain 0.3% of lidocaine so may produce a positive result in anti doping tests.

Due to the use of a needle there is likely to be some bleeding at the injection site. People taking certain medications which reduce or inhibit metabolism (cimetidine, beta-blockers etc) are advised not have dermal fillers treatments. Treatment is also not recommended in pregnant or breast-feeding women.

Are there any side effects?

As with all medical interventions, there are possible side effects. The injections may cause a minor stinging, redness, itching or discomfort. This reaction may last for several days. Bruising may occur at the treatment site. 

The injection of dermal fillers in patients who are prone to herpes simplex (cold sores) may trigger an outbreak, particularly when injecting into the lip area. Prophylactic treatment with antivirals will be discussed with these individuals.

Other more rare complications can occur all of which will be discussed at your appointment.

What can I expect after treatment?

For 12 hours after treatment we advise that you avoid extreme facial expressions, alcohol consumption and applying make up. Please avoid extreme sun exposure, UV light, freezing temperatures and saunas for 2 weeks after treatment. It is important to avoid touching the area injected unless advised by your practitioner. I offer my patients a follow up appointment 2 – 3 weeks after their treatment to ensure you have got the best result possible; any additional product needed at this appointment may incur an additional cost.

 


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