What are dermal fillers?
As our skin ages, it tends to lose its natural elasticity and facial lines become more visible. Other factors such as sun exposure, genetics and way of life also affect our skin and body. Dermal fillers are injectables which can help replace lost facial volume, smooth out facial lines and enhance facial contour. One of the most important ingredients in these gel-like substances is Hyaluronic Acid (HA), which plays a major role in keeping our skin volumized and smooth. One of the main benefits of using HA fillers is that they can be dissolved using a solution called Hyaluronidase if you do not like the results after the treatment.
How does dermal fillers work?
This procedure will be done by your provider by using a small injectable filler which has a tiny needle. The filler will then be then injected into targeted areas of your skin, to boost the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid. Just 1 gram of Hyaluronic Acid will hold up to 6 litres of water by drawing in moisture from air, thus helping your skin in keeping it moisturized. The dermal fillers will help in volumizing your face and smooth out facial lines by plumping the skin and working in place of lost collagen.
What to expect before treatment?
During your consultation, your medical professional will examine your facial structure and mark specific points on your face to get a clear idea on the appropriate areas that are to be injected during the treatment. Your treatment goals, medical history, and side effects from the treatment will be discussed too. You are required to also list out any medications that you are currently on, along with any other cosmetic procedures that you may have undergone in the past, with your doctor. The following recommendations will be made to you before your dermal filler treatment:
1 week before your appointment
- Avoid blood thinning over the counter medications including Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, and Aleve
- Avoid supplements including Vitamin E, Omega 3, Ginkgo biloba, garlic, ginger, ginseng, primrose oil, and St John’s wort
- Avoid alcohol and green tea
2 days before your appointment
- Avoid shaving, waxing, plucking, bleaching, or threading on the area that is t be treated. Refrain from using hair removal creams as well.
- Avoid topical products that contain Retinol, Retinoid, Tretinoin (Retin-A, Steivaa), Glycolic Acid, and other exfoliating agents.
- You may consider taking Arnica if you are more prone to bruising.
1 day before your appointment
- Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages.
Other General Precautions
- Vaccinations should be avoided before the treatment.
- Tooth whitening, tooth bleaching, dental scaling, and other dental procedures should be avoided for 4 weeks before and after the treatment.
What to expect during the treatment?
Dermal filler treatments are typically painless procedures and only take about 15 – 30 minutes (depending on individual needs). This is the reason they are famously known as - the lunchtime cosmetic procedures! However, a topical numbing cream or an ice pack will be applied if you are more prone to pain. Do not apply any makeup before the treatment, The area that is to be treated will be cleaned with an antibacterial agent before injecting. More than one filler may be required depending on your treatment goals and area of treatment. Your medical professional will clean out the markings after the procedure, and slightly massage the treated area to reduce any swelling.
Immediate results can be seen in majority of the cases after dermal fillers treatment. These results can last anywhere from six to twelve months after the session, before the body starts to absorb the HA fillers. However, more than one procedure is needed to obtain optimal results. Your doctor will discuss a treatment timeline that will help you reach and maintain your treatment goals. Since this is a minimally invasive procedure, you can resume your daily activities immediately, but keep in mind to avoid intense physical activities and other facial treatments for 24-48 hrs after the procedure. Stay hydrated and gently massage any lumps with clean hands. Avoid applying makeup for the first 24 hours after treatment and apply an ice pack if you notice any swelling or bruising.
1. Will I look natural after treatment?
A natural look can be achieved when the fillers are injected in the right place and in right amounts. Since this procedure is performed by our experts who have an immense knowledge of the facial anatomy, the treatment will leave you looking natural and radiant looking, enhancing your own facial features!
2. Can I get Botox and Dermal Fillers done at the same time?
Yes! In fact, you can maximize the benefits of your anti-aging regimen by combing these two treatments.
3. Can I be allergic to dermal fillers?
Since hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the connective tissues of our body, an allergic reaction to the latest hyaluronic acid fillers that are used, is very rare and uncommon. However, some people can be allergic to the anaesthetic included in the filler. Please talk to your doctor about your concerns beforehand.
4. Are dermal fillers permanent?
Dermal fillers are temporary and usually last usually for six to twelve months. You will need to book follow-up appointments to maintain the results. However, some dermal fillers may help boost your body’s natural process of collagen production, giving you a fresh and youthful look!
5. Is it safe to have a dermal filler treatment after taking COVID-19 vaccine?
The current recommendation is to NOT undergo a dermal filler procedure 4 weeks before and after taking a COVID-19 vaccination.
What areas does dermal fillers treat?
- Mouth corners
- Marionette line
- Vermillion Border
- Nasolabial Folds
How long does it take to work?
While you can see visible results immediately after the treatment, it can take up to 4 weeks for the dermal filler to integrate into your tissues and produce peak results.
What are the side effects of dermal fillers?
Some common side effects include bruising, redness, itching, pain, swelling, lumps, discoloration, bumps, or rash in and around the injected area. These symptoms tend to last for 7 to 14 days. Contact your healthcare provider if symptoms last longer than 14 days or get more severe.
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