While facial aesthetics are nothing new, we know they might be new to you. After all, this might be the first time you’ve ever had treatment, or you might still be on the fence about whether it’s the right choice. Today, we’ll help put your concerns to rest by answering some frequently asked questions about dermal fillers, which can help you feel more at ease about what’s involved and confident about the future.
What’s in dermal fillers?
Far from a bunch of nasty chemicals, dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid – a naturally-occurring substance which is found throughout our bodies – as their base. It’s one of the reasons dermal fillers are so successful as an aesthetic treatment, because there’s a relatively low chance of your body rejecting the substance or suffering an allergic reaction.
Where are dermal fillers used?
Most regions of your face can benefit from dermal filler treatment. For instance, lines around the mouth, chin and nose. Dermal fillers can also be used to sculpt your nose, add volume to cheeks and temples, and enhance your lips (referred to as lip fillers). They are not to be confused with anti-wrinkle injections, even though they can treat deep lines and wrinkles and smooth out your skin.
How long do dermal fillers last?
It varies between people, including:
- How much has been injected
- Site of injection (s)
- Number of treatments or sessions
- Age and metabolism
- Skin concerns
Most of our clients experience results that last around 12-18 months, and some see an immediate improvement. However, your results will fade over time and you’ll need to create a treatment plan to prolong them.
What are the drawbacks of dermal fillers?
Like any injectable treatment, you may see some redness, swelling and/or bruising after treatment. However, this is usually mild, passes in a few days and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relief. If you have questions about this, just ask.
What alternatives can be used to dermal fillers?
You could try facial rejuvenation and resurfacing treatments like chemical peels, or procedures like microneedling. It all depends on the areas you’re showing signs, your medical history and what results you want to see. That’s why our Clapham specialists insist on a consultation at our Clapham Common aesthetics clinic ahead of the treatment itself.
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