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What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal Filler injections consist of natural substances (hyaluronic acid) like those that exist in your body. Their purpose is to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face, by making skin smoother and improving volume. The effects of Dermal Fillers are instant and can last for 6 - 18 months.
They are a popular alternative to surgical treatments. If you'd like to restore youthful fullness to your face, enjoy plump lips, enhance shallow contours, have higher, fuller cheekbones or soften those facial creases and wrinkles, dermal fillers may be the answer. Dermal fillers have been called "liquid facelifts" because they offer many of the benefits of a surgical facelift without the downtime.
Although they can't help with excess sagging skin, these soft tissue fillers can add more volume and provide immediate results at a lower cost than surgery. These treatments aren't permanent, however, and they must be repeated and maintained.
Some dermal fillers are used in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation treatments such as injections of botulinum toxin. At Lambs Aesthetics we will assess your needs and recommend one or a combination of treatments to achieve your desired results.
There is minimal downtime with dermal fillers. You can resume most activities right away. You may experience swelling or a little bruising, which should fade within a few days.
In the long term
It's important to realize that dermal fillers are not permanent. The way your face continues to age and how your body handles fillers will determine the timing of repeat treatments.
If you decide not to re-treat, your appearance will return to its original condition. Wrinkles and scars will return, and plumped lips will lose volume.
Reduces the appearance of the lines extending from the nose to the corners of the mouth.
Vertical Lip Lines. Reduces the appearance of fine lines extending from the upper and lower lip.
Reduces the appearance of a downturned mouth and hollowing at the corners of the mouth.
Reduces the appearance of Jowls by increasing volume along the jaw line.
The aim of cheek /mid-face dermal fillers is to add volume and lift, as a consequence this improves the lower face.
Dermal fillers can be used in combination with Botox to soften the chin. Volumising the chin with dermal fillers improves the sad expression we get with age and gives a more youthful appearance.
The aim of lip dermal filler treatments is to re-shape the boarder and cupids bow and add volume in the body of the lip. This can also improve smoker’s lines.
In combination with Botox, dermal fillers can help re-shape and elevate the brow.
How your skin develops lines & wrinkles
As we age, fat pads beneath the skin start to weaken, whilst the collagen and elastin fibres loosen and unravel, losing their elasticity. The skin cells divide more slowly and the dermis (inner skin) starts to get thinner. Over time, the skin produces less hyaluronic acid which plumps up the skin and loses its ability to retain moisture and repair itself. As the skin loses volume and elasticity the effects of gravity pulls the facial features downwards causing sagging, wrinkles and an aged appearance.
Fat degeneration examples with age
How do Dermal Fillers work?
Dermal fillers are used to replenish what the body is losing with age. The aim of dermal fillers is to correct, repair and enhance your natural features. The results are instant and subtle. I want people to comment that you look refreshed, brighter and younger in appearance, rather than pin-point the specific reason why you look better.
Hyaluronic acid facial fillers come in different formulations of gel for each specific area. The gel is injected under the skin with an ultra-fine needle or cannula. The gel gently fills the lines or adds volume (i.e. cheeks and lips).
The gel contains an anaesthetic called lidocaine which makes the treatment comfortable. The results are instant and get better if you drink water over the next 48 hours. The results can last 9 months to 2 years depending on which product is used.
Possible Side Effects
As with any injection there can be side effects such as:-
- Inflammatory reactions (redness and swelling) which may be associated with itching or pain when touching the skin
- Bruising, lumps or nodules may appear at the injection site
- Cases of discolouration or lightening of the injection area have been reported
- Granulomas (foreign body reaction)
- Immediate or delayed hypersensitivity (allergic reactions)
- Cases of necrosis (cell death)
- Abscesses (collection of pus)
- Avoid foundation make-up for 12 hours following injections. However, mineral based powder make-up may be used after 6 hours
- Avoid sun exposure and sunbeds for 48 hours
- Try not to touch your face for the next 6 hours
- Drink 2 litres of water over the next 48 hours
- Avoid extremes of temperature for example hot and cold saunas
- It is advisable not to do strenuous exercise for 24 hours
All Patients are offered a review 2 weeks after treatment.
How much do Dermal Fillers Cost?
Dermal Filler injections start at £150. The cost of your treatment will be advised during your consultation and will depend on how much product is required. However, the more product you require the greater the discount. Alternative treatments will also be discussed at your free consultation. Time will be given for you to consider the various treatment options available.
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