Are Dermal Fillers Safe?

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Dermal fillers are nothing an injection that used to fill out the wrinkles, and creases in the skin also can be used for lips, nasolabial folds, and cheeks as well as the marionette areas around the mouth. Advances in these types of fillers mean that these substances have an increasingly favourable side effect profile.

The final decision whether to use fillers is an extremely personal one. You need to decide if the treatment is going to achieve exactly what you expect it to do. For this a thorough consultation with a skin expert should be your first port of call.

Fillers are made from different materials, and the final effects can depend upon the filler type. They can either be permanent or temporary.

  • Calcium hydroxylapatite – last for 18 months
  • Collagen – you can see the effect for 3 to 4 months
  • Polymethylmethacrylate – permanent, but a few risks involved
  • Hyaluronic acid – the filler of choice at Myskindesign! You can see the effects for up to 12-18 months, although in the lips, they tend to last for only 6 months

Before you choose

It is important to appreciate the cost, procedure limitations and what the treatment involves.

Limitations

  • Most fillers are not permanent
  • The ageing process will continue and further treatment may be necessary

What does the treatment involve?

The practitioner will apply a local anesthetic cream or an anesthetic injection. The practitioner injects the filler in a series of small injections and then they may massage the area.

The time taken for the treatment varies from 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the treatment and your skin type. It may be uncomfortable, but it has not been painful.

After treatment

You may get some swelling, bruising and redness for at-least 24 hours after the procedure. During that time, you are advised to avoid sunlight, hot drinks, alcohol and exercise. Other extremely rare side effects can include granulomas and skin necrosis although these have a frequency of 1:10000.

Who is suitable for this treatment?

This treatment is suitable for most people. Results will vary from person to person based on their medical history and the condition of their health.

This treatment is not recommended for breastfeeding and pregnant women

What are the areas people can get treated safely?

Marionnettes (corners of the mouth)

Sometimes the corners of your mouth can droop leaving you looking unhappy. This filler is placed below the mouth corners with a little amount directly into the lip corners as well.

Nose

Fillers can be used to straighten out any bumps or lumps in the nose without the need for surgery. They can be directly injected into the nose to smooth out the slight bumps present in the nose bridge.

Cheeks

As you age, your face will lose elasticity and volume. This highlights hollow cheek bones, and excess skin results in sunken cheeks. Fillers injected into these areas plump out the face with a natural volume and gives a slight lift.

Hands

Ageing hands can lose volume, and their skin becomes thinner. Fillers injected in the back of the hands can make them appear plumper and reduce prominent veins.

It is always advisable

  • To use a professional doctor/clinician.
  • To ask your doctor/practitioner whether the filler is fully approved and if it is directly purchased from the manufacturer.

Conclusions

According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2.2 million Americans had this treatment in 2013 and this number is now likely to have increased even further. The procedure has grown more and more popular in the UK.

Every procedure to alter your appearance needs to be considered carefully and is important to use a qualified doctor/practitioner to perform any procedures.

My Skin Design based in Manchester aims to offer our patients a wide choice of treatments, and we pride ourselves on high standards of care.

The clinic also offers another safe treatment such as Botox fillers, lip fillers and chemical skin peels

For a consultation, call us 0333 321 0029 or email us at botoxmyskin@gmail.com

Dermal Fillers for Facial Scars

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About Dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are a facial aesthetic treatment involving injections of hyaluronic acid or other chemicals into the skin. These treatments are effective in contouring, plumping and revitalising the skin.

Acne Patients and Scarring

Acne patients can suffer from a variety of types of scarring. 5 common types of acne scars are

  • Rolling – depression in the skin which look wide in size and shallow in depth.
  • Keloid – the scar extends beyond the limits of the original inflammatory papule.
  • Ice pick – narrow scars that create pits.
  • Hypertrophic – thickened scars raised above the skin surface
  • Boxcar – reminiscent of chicken pox scars, often found on the cheeks.

Dermal fillers can be used to treat certain types of acne scars such as rolling scars. It is a safe procedure offering excellent results to fill the depressions associated with acne scars.

Filler Dosage

For acne scars the dose of filler required varies and is dependent upon the patient’s facial anatomy. For such procedures it is best to see a qualified dermatologist to get the right dosage for your desired results.

The fillers usually give immediate and predictable results. The filler continues to modify the skin, and you may continue to see changes after a few months.

Long Term Benefits

The benefits of fillers for acne scarring include:

  • helping to break up the scar tissue
  • helping to stimulate collagen production
  • diminishing the appearance of scars

Short Term Benefits

The benefits include

  • Limited post procedure downtime
  • Immediate results
  • Results may last from several months to one year for most people

After The Treatment

Post treatment there may be some redness, swelling and bruising at the injection site for a few days. We often advise using a cold compress and oral paracetamol for any pain relief.

It is recommended that you avoid robust exercise and exposure to sun for at least 2 days after the treatment. You should avoid facial massage for 2 weeks after any type of a filer treatment with avoidance of alcohol for 24 hours after the procedure.

Selecting The Right Filler

There is a lot of dermal fillers available and so it is essential to have a consultation before your treatment to determine what filler best suits your needs.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Dr Usmani is a consultant dermatologist specializing in Botulinum toxins and filler treatments for facial rejuvenation in Manchester and Huddersfield.

Book an appointment by contacting her through botoxmyskin@gmail.com or Call at 03333210029

Is Your Sleep Position Contributing To Your Wrinkles?

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How does sleeping position influence wrinkle development? If you sleep for a long time in one position, forces on the skin and changes in the skin can contribute to an increase in the number of wrinkles.

Sleeping positions that cause more wrinkles

Sleeping in a position in which it pushes the face against the pillow (laying in a fetal position) – creases the skin and over a period leads to wrinkles. According to a British sleep study, 41% of people sleep on their sides. Repeatedly pleating the skin leaves permanent marks.

Sleeping on your stomach will also contribute to the formation of wrinkles. The impact of this position likely increases with age because we tend to spend more time on it as we get older.

Younger people tend to change position on an average of 27 times a night, but that decreases by a third to just 16 positions changed in a night as we get older. Every night that we sleep in the same position, with the same folding of the skin, this reinforces the wrinkles.

The truth behind wrinkles

The cause depends on what type of wrinkles they are:

  • Dynamic wrinkles are caused by making facial expressions, such as frowning and smiling.
  • Static wrinkles occur through factors such as sun damage, genetics and the ageing process, that cause the skin to lose its elasticity

The consensus is the sleep position won’t contribute to wrinkles and even changing your position won’t prevent it. Wrinkles are more likely due to sun exposure, aging and natural expressions in the face and lines and some of these are unavoidable.

Dermal fillers are helpful for restoring healthy volume to your face.

Dermal fillers are used to plump your skin and make it appear smoother. The clinician injects the dermal filler in the specific area with a tiny needle. The fillers are often used to minimise lines around the nose, lips and its aims enhance the lip shape.

Permanent fillers used in the past, such as silicone, are no longer recommended in the face.

The effects usually last 3 to 18 months depending on the type of filler and the area treated. You need regular treatments if you want the effects to last longer.

The fillers are made from the varied materials and effects may be temporary or permanent. It depends on the filler type,

  • Poly-L-lactic acid – effects of these injections given over several months may last up to 2 years
  • Collagen – effects last between 3 to 4 months
  • Polymethylmethacrylate beads – permanent, but risky
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite – lasts up to 18 months
  • Hyaluronic acid – lasts about 4 to 6 months

Contact My Skin Design

For more information about preventing wrinkles, call us at 0333-321-0029. One of our professionals can help you to get the right treatment.