What are dermal fillers?
Dermal Fillers are composed of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) which is a substance that naturally exists in your body. This gel-like water-holding molecule is responsible for helping to keep your skin hydrated, plump and smooth. So why add this product to our body if we already produce it you ask? HA unfortunately gets broken down and synthesised on a daily basis. We also produce less and less HA as we age. Dermal fillers are a great way to restore HA and enhancing natural contours.
Suitable areas for dermal filler treatment:
Cheek Augmentation & Volume / Lip Enhancement & Moisture / Vertical lip lines / Nasolabial Folds / Chin / Jowls / Dynamic & Static Lines / Skin Depressions / Facial Re contouring.
How long will dermal fillers last:
The longevity of fillers lasts anywhere from 6 months - 2 years depending on the brand, thickness and area treated. Semi permanent fillers are certainly a much safer and preferred option. Semi permanent fillers give a more natural look as they integrate into the skin 4-6 weeks after being injected allowing normal expression and movement.
Aftercare advise following treatment:
Immediately after treatment with dermal fillers there may be slight redness, swelling or tenderness in the treated area. These reactions are to be expected and usually resolved in a few days following treatment.
Immediately - 48 hours post:
No application of makeup over treated areas
Avoid putting pressure on the treated areas
Minimise excessive exercise or activity
Do not expose area to intense heat
Avoid topical AHA's, retinols/vitamin C therapy and oil based make up
Sleep with an extra pillow to help decrease swelling.
Use the 3 C's to help post treatment:
COOL: Apply a cool compress once or twice a day to the treated area. Do not apply ice directly on the skin or expose the area to intense heat.
CALM: Avoid pressure on the treated area for at least the first few days/nights i.e. sleep on back if possible. Ask your practitioner about appropriate pain relief to assist with an easy recovery.
CLEAR: Avoid alcohol for the first 1-2 days. Avoid facials, facial waxing, IPL, peels, Vitamin C, retinols, glycolics and microdermabrasions for the first 2 weeks. Do not massage the are treated area. If prone to cold sores there is a small chance that a treatment may cause an outbreak, speak to your practitioner prior to treatment if this applies to you.