All About Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are injections of material under the skin that can be used to help reduce the signs of aging on the face. Wrinkles caused by sun exposure, smoking and our natural facial expressions can begin to appear as we grow older.
Dermal fillers can also be used as a way to enhance the volume of the lips and cheeks, with the effects last anywhere from several months to several years, depending on what filler has been used and the condition of the skin it is injected beneath.
This procedure involves the targeted area of the face being numbed with strong numbing cream or local anaesthetic, the dermal filler material being injected beneath the skin using an extremely fine syringe. Depending on how wide or deep the wrinkle being targeted is, more than a single injection may be needed to produce the desired results.
Most patients are normally able to go about their daily lives following the procedure, however, a day of rest is recommended if you feel you may need it following the injection of dermal fillers.
What are the risks?
Some dermal fillers such as collagen-based fillers may cause an allergic reaction. To ensure this does not take place, a skin test will be performed on a hidden area of your body prior to the procedure to ensure there are no adverse reactions.
Dermal fillers are considered safe, and whilst all procedures carry a degree of risk, the main risks associated are immediate and short-lived swelling, redness, tightness or itchiness, pain localised to the injection site, bleeding and bruising. Longer-term effects include allergic or autoimmune reactions, infection, inflammation, loss of skin/necrosis, vision loss, and localised scarring.
If you are concerned about the risks associated with this procedure, be sure to consult your surgeon.
Where can I get the procedure done?
This procedure can be performed in-clinic.