Dermal fillers explained
Dermal fillers are chemical injections used to smooth out wrinkles and creases in the skin. They can also be used to add definition to facial features like lips and cheeks, to make them more prominent.
As part of the aging process you may start to notice your skin and facial features change. You will start to see deeper lines and wrinkles developing or your cheeks beginning to sink, which can make your features look tired and aged. Dermal fillers could help to restore the youthful appearance of your face and skin.
Fillers can be used on many different parts of the face to make your facial features look more youthful and plump, including cheeks, nose to mouth lines, around the mouth and lips, forehead, mouth to chin lines and between the eyebrows.
There are different types of dermal filler available. The place the dermal filler is used and the length of time you want the effects to last will determine what type of filler is used in your treatment.
Why have dermal filler treatment?
Here are some benefits of dermal filler treatments:
- Improve confidence and self-esteem
- Gain a more youthful appearance
- Appear less tired
- Improve the balance of facial features
Here are some reasons for having dermal filler treatments:
- Excessive wrinkles and facial lines
- Wrinkles in the corner or around the eyes
- Having a tired expression
- Appearing older than your years.
What are dermal fillers made from?
Dermal fillers are made from different chemical materials and, depending on the type of filler used, the results can be temporary or permanent.
Collagen – effects can last three or four months
Hyaluronic acid – lasts four to six months
Calcium hydroxylapatite – lasts about 18 months
Ppoly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) – injections given over several months and may last up to two years
Polymethylmethacrylate beads (PMMA) – Most risky, but the effects are permanent
Cost of dermal fillers
The cost of dermal fillers can vary from £150 to £300 per session in the UK, depending on the type and amount of material used in the treatment.
Request a quote from a clinic to find out the exact price of your treatment and what is included in the price. Be sure to carefully review the quote to understand what is and isn’t included in the price so there are no unwanted surprises later.
Limitations and safety concerns with dermal fillers?
There are some limitations to what can be achieved through dermal fillers, these include:
- The effects of most dermal fillers are temporary
- The more permanent filler solution is also the most risky
- There is no guarantee the desired outcome will be achieved
- Facial changes due to aging cannot be prevented
Being safe and aware of risks associated with any medical or cosmetic treatment is important. Make sure you’re prepared for treatment by speaking to a specialist who can talk you through the procedure in more detail, going through risks and side effects, and helping to set realistic expectation about what can be achieved through dermal fillers.
What to expect from your dermal filler treatment provider?
Before having dermal fillers, it is important to be well prepared by having a good understanding of what is involved in the procedure. The care provider you choose should offer a consultation session where you can discuss your needs, as a patient, and get advice and recommendations on the type of treatment that is best for you. As we previously mentioned, there are many different types of dermal filler available depending on where it needs to be applied and how long you want the effects to last. The decision on how the treatment should be carried out and what type of treatment to have needs to be agreed with your practitioner.
What do dermal filler treatments involve
The procedure may be a little uncomfortable but shouldn’t cause any serious pain. The treatment itself may take between 30 to 60 minutes to complete and involves the doctor injecting a small series of injection into the treatment areas. Local anaesthetic may be offered to help with any discomfort during the procedure.
After your dermal filler procedure and recovery
Following the procedure, you may notice some swelling and redness around the treated area. For the first 24 hours you may also notice the treated area is also a bit tender.
For the first 24 hours, your practitioner may advice you to avoid alcohol, coffee, hot drinks and direct sunlight.
The results should be visible immediately after the procedure and can last between 6 and 24 months, depending on the type of treatment carried out.
Aftercare is extremely important with dermal fillers. Most care providers will offer an aftercare plan and support until full recovery is made.
Risks and side effects of dermal fillers
The level of risk associate with dermal fillers depends on the type of filler used. Permanent solutions tend to have highest risks and is generally avoided by some practitioners. Having said that, feel free to discuss all options with your practitioner who can give you all the pro and cons, and breakdown all the risks and side effects related to the different types of treatment.
Generally, risks of dermal fillers include:
- Filler shifting beyond the treated area
- Lumps forming under the skin – very rare
- Blocked blood vessels – very rare
What if something goes wrong?
If, after the procedure, you feel you have encountered a serious problem and the results are not what you expected, reach out to your practitioner.
Contact the clinic that performed the procedure and explain the situation, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort or any unusual symptoms that were not explained to you during the consultation.
Things to consider before your procedure
Choosing to have any cosmetic treatment requires a lot of careful thought and consideration. You need to really understand the reasons for choosing the procedure you want and set realistic expectations of the outcome.
If your mind is made up, are you confident that you are fully prepared for the treatment?
Here are some things you should think about:
- Do you have adequate space to recover?
- How long is the recovery time for your treatment?
- Do you need time off work?
- When will you start to see the results you expect?
- How to maintain the results of your treatment?
- When will you fully recover and resume your usual activity?
Start your search
You may or may not be ready for dermal filler treatment, but it’s never too soon to reach out to a clinic or hospital, or a doctor, to start a conversation. A major part of your research into the procedure you’re looking for should include direct communication, and a consultation, with an expert. Feel free to contact multiple care providers and experts. The more information you gather about your procedure and surgeon the better decision you’re likely to make.