Dermal fillers are injections used to fill out the wrinkles and creases in the skin and 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, procedures limitations and what the treatment involves.
- 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 is not be painful.
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.
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.
As you age, your face will lose elasticity and volume. This highlights hollow cheek bones, and excess skin results in sunken cheeks. Fillers injected in these areas plump out the face with a natural volume and gives a slight lift.
Ageing hands can lose volume and their skin becomes thinner. Fillers injected at 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.
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 it 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.