Everything you need to know about dermal fillers

By Dr. Raquel Amado on the 27th October 2021

Dermal fillers are becoming one of the most popular treatments available – and they’re one of my personal favourites!

In the right trained hands, it’s a treatment that causes very little discomfort, and can produce almost immediate results that restore your face’s natural youth and ‘plumpness’ – what’s not to love?

Some of my patients can feel a little intimated by the treatment, and unsure of the finer details. So, let’s break it down.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are an incredibly versatile type of gel. They can be used to smooth wrinkles, restore volume loss and hydrate skin.

There are many different brands of dermal fillers available today, but most of them will contain hyaluronic acid (HA). This is a naturally occurring substance found in skin which helps to retain moisture to keep the skin and tissue hydrated.

As we get older, we start to produce less hyaluronic acid naturally, which can lead to a loss of plumpness, elasticity – and unwanted wrinkles. Dermal filler injections restore lost hyaluronic acid, as well as helping stimulate your skin to produce more of its own.

Dermal fillers are injected in strategic areas of the face, to reshape and revolumise the skin and underlying shape. Don’t be scared by the amounts used in treatment, either. It’s common to use amounts anywhere between 3mls to 10mls, and this is totally normal. Results will be natural-looking and subtle when the the right product is placed in the correct places – so don’t be put off.

Things to consider

Many beauty and hair salons now advertise dermal filler treatments. But just because a person claims they can perform the procedure, it doesn’t mean they can do it well or safely.

When considering a treatment such as dermal fillers, it‘s vital to make sure you find a reputable medical practitioner with the right training and qualifications.

Whilst an experienced dentist or doctor may be qualified to administer injectable treatments, it’s also wise to seek a practitioner who has an excellent knowledge of aesthetics. They should take the time to understand your goals and explain the best course of treatment for you.

It’s also essential that your practitioner makes you aware of any risks involved – and understands how to manage complications. They should have the ability to prescribe medication in case it’s needed. A&Es are not prepared to deal with the most severe complications caused by dermal fillers.

Do your research before you take the plunge. A reputable practitioner will be happy to prove their qualifications, and will often be registered with an accrediting body, such as the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP). Your practitioner should also be fully insured, another thing they won’t be afraid to show you should you ask to see proof.

What results can I expect?

When administered correctly, the results of dermal fillers are subtle and natural-looking. So much so that you may find that friends and family are giving you compliments about how refreshed and rejuvenated your skin looks, without being able to put a finger on exactly what’s changed. The chances are they will not realise you’ve had anything done – unless you decide to let them in on your secret!

Could there be any side effects?

In the hands of a qualified practitioner, complications are incredibly rare with dermal fillers. However, you should be aware of a few minor side effects that might occur following treatment.

These can include bruising, redness or slight swelling. Extensive bruising is rare, and we can take aids like arnica tablets to make it even more unlikely. I also use a magic cream in clinic to diminish any bruising that might happen.

Swelling of the face is more likely, as the hyaluronic acid in the filler attracts moisture. This is why I always recommend my patients to have a dermal filler treatment ideally four weeks, but a minimum of two weeks, before any big event. That way, any potential side effects have plenty of time to wear off.

That said, downtime is minimal – some people go back to work straight after treatment. So you’ll be back to your normal routine within no time.

Very rarely, more serious complications can occur. But a fully-qualified medical aesthetics practitioner will know exactly how to take care of you should anything like this happen. This is why it’s so vital to know your practitioner and be able to trust them with your safety.

Dermal fillers might seem daunting, especially if it’s your first time having the treatment. But with a qualified, experienced practitioner, you’ll feel like a whole new you!

Interested in hearing more about dermal fillers in Kent and the surrounding area? Get in touch for a consultation today!

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