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

Free Superficial Chemical Peel

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Chemical peels are an increasingly popular way to revitalise your look, if you’re interested in having a free taster for a superficial chemical peel in Manchester, Stockport please email  info@myskindesign.co.uk . First come first served so make sure you get in touch straight away! Terms and conditions apply, see bottom of page for details.

Chemical peels are used to:

• Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
• Reduce wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
• Improve the appearance of mild scars
• Treat certain types of acne
• Reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches
• Help your skin produce more collagen
• Improve the look and feel of skin
• Improve the cell turnover rate of your skin

There are some important considerations you need to contemplate before having a chemical peel:

1. Is a chemical peel right for me?

Chemical peels are great for most people, whether it’s a few wrinkles you’d like to smooth out or acne scars you’re self conscious about. Chemical peels are ideal for those with fair skin but people with dark skin may experience some discolouration depending on the type of problem being treated.

2. What kind of peel do I need?

Chemical peels come in various strengths – superficial, medium and deep – and you must never opt for a chemical peel that is too strong. If you’re concerned then simply start with the lightest option as you can always go for a stronger one next time. As cooks may say; you can always add but you can’t take away.

It’s best to get a chemical peel every four to six weeks, but if you suffer from acne there are some gentle peels you can have every two weeks until you get the results you want.

3. What preparation must I do, and is there anything I need to do after?

To prepare, you may need to take supplementary tablets such as Retin-A, Renova, or glycolic acid to help protect your skin. Once you’ve had your chemical peel you must stay away from direct sunlight and make sure you don’t have a holiday in a hot country for at least six week after.

If you’re having a deep peel, it may be worth staying hidden away for a couple of days as your skin could become red and a little swollen. Don’t worry though; it’ll all be worth it once the redness has gone!

4. Where should I get my chemical peel done?

Importantly, your chemical peel should only be administered by a qualified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Currently there aren’t any statutory qualifications required to administer a chemical peel so it can be risky. They should have at least a relevant degree and ideally be a Member of the British Association of Dermatologists/Plastic surgeons.

Here at myskindesign we are qualified and long-time members of the British Association of Dermatologists and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons so rest assured, you’re in safe hands.

Not only are you in safe hands, those hands come free! Email info@myskindesign.co.uk  for your free taster for a superficial chemical peel in Leeds, Manchester, Stockport. First come first served so make sure you get in touch straight away! *Terms and conditions apply, see below for details.

Dr Naila Usmani
Consultant Dermatologist
MBChB, BSc(Pharm), MRCP

Free Chemical Peel Taster Terms and Conditions: One free peel per patient to be claimed within 3 months. Maximum of 15 offers available.