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What are the benefits of dermal fillers?

A treatment with dermal fillers provides an easy way to enhance your looks. The result of a single treatment can be seen instantly and lasts around one year for facial treatments and around six months for the lips. With dermal fillers you will achieve a natural looking result that does not affect facial expression. Remember your face changes over time, and treatments with dermal fillers allow you to control you looks subtly as you age.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are an injectable substance made from natural and synthetic material and have been developed for injection into the skin to restore its youthful appearance. Over 30 million people across the world have been successfully treated. The main type of dermal fillers in the market, are a soft gel consisting of stabilized, non-animal hyaluronic acid. The gel is tissue-friendly and closely resembles the hyaluronic acid that exists naturally in the body. It is long-lasting but not permanent.

What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the body that helps to hydrate and add volume to our skin. Natural hyaluronic acid is broken down by the body in one or two days so is constantly replaced. As we age this replacement mechanism diminishes so the moisturising and plumping effects of hyaluronic acid decrease. Hyaluronic acid is used for aesthetic treatments, and has also been used for injection into arthritic joints to aid movement as well as eye surgery.

What areas can be treated with dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers can be used to smooth away facial lines and wrinkles, create fuller lips, shape facial contours and revitalise the skin. The most common areas treated are:

  • The nose to mouth lines (Nasolabial fold).
  • Lines around the mouth (Perioral lines and Oral Commissures).
  • Natural lip enhancement and definition of the border.
  • Natural cheek augmentation.
  • Also can be used for replacing soft tissue volume loss and scar corrections.

Does dermal fillers treatment need pain relief? Will the procedure hurt?

Generally, pain relief is not necessary when injecting into the skin to correct lines and wrinkles. Some people may experience the treatment as a mild discomfort. A local anaesthetic cream can be applied to the area for a more comfortable treatment experience.

Will I notice the difference right away?

Yes, the aesthetic results are immediate. You’ll see the results as soon as your appointment is over.

Will I need to take time off work?

Absolutely not! You can have an appointment in your lunch hour then get right back to your normal routine.

Are there any risks or side effects with dermal filler treatments?

Millions of treatments have been performed with dermal fillers in the past. Product related reactions are rare. There are some injection related reactions which may occur after any injection; they typically resolve spontaneously a few days after injection to the skin, within a week after injection into the lips. These reactions include redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising or tenderness at the injection site. All skin injection procedures carry a small risk of infection. After lip enhancement, lips may swell for up to a week, but this typically reduces after two to three days. In case of more pronounced reactions or if they last longer than a week contact our doctor. You should discuss side effects and post treatment reactions with the doctor during consultation.

How long will the effects of dermal fillers treatment last?

One of the great advantages of dermal fillers is that the effects are long lasting but not permanent.

However, the range of dermal fillers in the market, are proven to last up to one year in nose to mouth lines and six months in the lips. After the initial treatment, follow-up sessions are normally recommended around every six to twelve months depending on the individual and the treatment.

Is there anything I need to know before I have the treatment?

We advise you to avoid using aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs a couple of days before your treatment (unless they are taken for chronic medical conditions). Avoiding these medications will reduce the risk of bruising and bleeding at the point of injection. Ask our practitioner if you have any concerns.

What do dermal fillers treatments involve?

Initial Consultation

Start by making an appointment with our practitioner. During consultation be prepared to discuss your treatment expectations. After discussion of what you wish to achieve and assessment of your treatment needs, our practitioner will recommend which treatment is most suitable for you.
After the consultation, and if you are happy to proceed, your practitioner will help you complete a medical assessment and you will need to sign a consent form before treatment can progress.

The treatment

The dermal filler is injected into the skin in small amounts using a very fine needle. The gel provides natural volume to smooth away the appearance of lines and wrinkles, enhance facial shape, or create fuller lips. Dermal fillers improve the elasticity and texture of skin, restoring and maintaining the skins hydrobalance.
The treatment is quick, typically taking about 15-30 minutes. Treatments with dermal fillers do not affect facial expression and the benefits can normally be seen instantly.

After treatment

Dermal fillers are biodegradable, which means they will naturally disappear in the body. To ensure an optimal and long lasting result, a top-up treatment is recommended six to twelve months after your initial dermal filler treatment. This will discuss during the consultation with our doctor. And a follow-up appointment can be arranged.
After a treatment some reactions might occur, these include; are slight redness,
swelling, itching, bruising, pain and tenderness. The reactions are generally mild to moderate and usually disappear shortly after injection. They typically resolve spontaneously within one or two days, but for some treatments they may last longer.

Can everybody use dermal fillers?

Most people can benefit from dermal fillers treatment. If you wish to reduce lines and wrinkles, create more defined or fuller lips, define the contours of your face, or boost your skin’s vitality, for a healthier more hydrated skin tone.
Dermal fillers should not be used in or near areas where there is or has been skin disease, inflammation or skin related problems. Dermal fillers have not been tested in pregnant or breast-feeding women, Individuals with medical conditions that lower the body’s immune response or individuals undergoing therapy that is immunosuppressive may be more prone to infection by a skin injection procedure.
During your consultation, our doctor will carry out a full medical assessment and discuss your needs for treatment.

Are there different dermal fillers products?

There is a range of different dermal fillers designed to be used at different levels in the skin to meet your treatment needs and maximise your treatment results. Discuss with our doctor during your consultation what type of products suits your needs best.

Do I need to take a skin test?

No skin test is required as hyaluronic acid dermal fillers do not contain any animal-derived ingredients.

Why should I consider treatment with Botulinum toxin?

1. Botulinum toxin has an excellent safety record

Any medication has risks, but the safety record for Botox is very robust. There have been millions of patients treated with Botulinum toxin type A since it first came on the market in 1989.There are currently no medical alternatives to Botulinum toxin that are as effective. For those who do use it, the effects are temporary, and it won’t remain in the body forever.However it is essential that the treatment is carried out by a suitably qualified, competent practitioner. Treatment should not be carried out by beauticians as they lack medical qualifications and clinical understanding. It can only be prescribed by a doctor, dentist or prescribing nurse.

2. Botulinum toxin is very effective

Over 10 million people have been treated to date. It is the most popular cosmetic treatment available after teeth whitening.

3. Botulinum toxin is faster, more convenient and less invasive than plastic surgery

In general Botox is a more practical solution to facial lines than plastic surgery. Unlike plastic surgery it can be administered in minutes, is minimally painful and does not require a protracted recovery time. It does not require a large financial commitment it fits in well to most budgets.

What else do I need to know about Botulinum toxin?

1. Will I have a ‘frozen face’ appearance?

Botox Treatment shouldn’t leave you with a “frozen” face. A good result will leave you looking fresher, less tired and more youthful. You will still have facial expressions but the lines created by expression will be less severe leaving you with a fresher appearance. The aim of the treatment is to look much fresher without looking as if you have had ‘work done’.

2. Does it work immediately?

The result is not instantaneous. The results begin to show in a couple of days and develop gradually over the course of two weeks. Men with stronger muscles may take a little longer. Please remember everyone is different and time frames vary slightly. Men typically need a larger dose of Botox than women.

3. Is it painful?

Botox is injected with a very fine gauge needle. Levels of discomfort vary but most people find the injections cause minimal discomfort. The feeling of having a Botox injection has been compared to a mosquito bite or an acupuncture needle.

4. What results can I expect?

Most patients are very satisfied with the results of Botox injections. The benefit from a fresher and more youthful appearance. Many people notice that their skin has a new glow and radiance. However remember to stick to a good skincare routine, including sun block, and stick to a healthy lifestyle with exercise and good food to help prolong a healthy, glowing complexion

5. How long will the treatment last?

The results from Botox last anywhere between 2-6 months. On average results lastabout 3-4 months. After this time the Botulinum toxin is destroyed by the body and new neurotransmitters are formed to activate the muscles again.

6. How often do I need treatment with Botox?

One average the more treatments you have the longer it will last between sessions. Some doctors have reported regular clients whose treatment lasts up to a year between injections.

7. Are there any reasons I may not be suitable for treatment with Botulinum toxin type A?

It essential that you have an initial, face to face consultation with the doctor to discuss any medical conditions you may have or any medications you may be taking.

  • The use of Botulinum toxin is not recommended during pregnancy.
  • It is not recommended for breast feeding women
  • We do not provide Botulinum toxin treatment to anyone under the age of 18. Before proceeding for treatment with Botulinum toxin you will have a face to face consultation with the doctor. You will be asked about any medical conditions you suffer from, all medications you are taking and if you have any allergies, particularly any previous reaction to Botulinum toxin injections.8. Are there any side effects to treatment?
  • As with any injection, it is possible for the procedure to result in discomfort, swelling, stinging, tenderness, redness, bruising or infection at the site of injection. However these side effects are rare and easily treated.
  • Drooping of eyelid may occur after treatment. Again this is very rare and unlikely in the hands of a qualified and experience practitioner.
  • Other possible side effects include: dry mouth, tiredness and mild headache.
  • As with all medicines there is a very small risk of allergy to the ingredients.

Can dermal fillers be used if I have had laser treatment or a chemical peel?

If you have recently had a laser or chemical peel treatment, it is recommended you wait until the area is totally healed and the skin is back to its normal condition. This is something that you can discuss in the consultation with our doctor.

When will I need another injection?

Many patients like to book touch-up injections as well as repeat injections to maintain the effects of treatment. Ask our doctor for advice about aftercare.

What is Botox?

Botox (Botulinum toxin type A) is a prescription only medicine used to reduce wrinkles. It contains the active substance Botulinum toxin type A. It works by blocking the nerve impulses to any muscles that have been injected and reduces excessive contractions of these muscles.

Botulinum toxin type A comes in a number of different formulations including: Botox®, Bocouture®, Azzalure®, Vistabel and Dysport..

Although ‘Botox’ is frequently used as a general term for Botulinum toxin type A the product we all know as “Botox” is actually a trademark of Allergan Pharmaceuticals who were granted the first Botulinum Toxin type A licence in 2002.

Botulinum toxin type A is also used for treating other medical conditions including migraine and excessive sweating.

It is one of the most extensively studied medical aesthetic treatment and is approved for cosmetic use in 78 countries. It has a record of experience that aesthetic specialists know and trust. The safety and efficacy of Botulinum toxin type A has been evaluated in both Allergan sponsored clinical trials as well as in 417 peer-reviewed articles in scientific and medical journals.

Botulinum toxin type A is the only approved treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet lines in adults