How does the treatment
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.
How soon will I see the effects and how long do the effects
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