What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are based on Hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance widely used in medicine. As we get older our skin starts to lose its plumpness and you may notices lines and folds appearing. The changes in our appearance are very much influenced by our lifestyle, but by injecting dermal fillers into the skin they can plump up some of these areas making them firmer and smooth out some of the lines and wrinkles.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects following Hyaluronic acid fillers are very unusual as it is a naturally occurring substance. Some people may experience slight stinging as the filler is injected, and others may bruise at the injection site. These are both temporary.
A local anaesthetic cream will be applied to the treatment area prior to injection. This takes about 20 minutes to take effect. Fillers are applied under the skin with a series of injections – a mildly uncomfortable process, with injections close to the lip or nose the most likely to be painful.
Many people go straight back to normal daily life afterwards, although if a large area is treated it can take a few hours or even a day or two to recover. There may be slight bleeding where the needle was inserted, plus mild bruising or redness which will disappear in a few days. Repeat treatments are needed every nine to 12 months to maintain the appearance.
The dermal fillers currently used in Stuart's practice are Juvederm, and are not permanent fillers but will last approximately 9-12 months depending on the individual.
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