Key considerations before seeking dermal filler treatments
The popularity of dermal filler treatments for people of all ages, skin types and ethnicities has skyrocketed worldwide. With increasing social media use, celebrity influences and more accessibility to treatment for the general population, more and more women (and men) are looking at how dermal fillers might help them.
While horror stories of treatments gone wrong dominate the press, we tell you the fast facts and benefits of fillers, as well as what you need to know before you seek treatment.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are different to botulinum toxin (known as Botox or toxin). They are gel implants that are injected into the skin by a medical professional using a needle or a cannula.
They can be temporary, semi-permanent or permanent. Permanent fillers are not commonly used in the UK because complications are harder to manage. Semi-permanent fillers usually refer to products that are collagen stimulating, containing poly-l-lactic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite.
Temporary dermal fillers are the most widely used and are commonly made of hyaluronic acid. This is a substance that is naturally produced by the body and is found between our cells, in our skin, and in places like our bone joints to keep tissues lubricated and moist.
What results can be achieved with dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers can benefit women and men of all ages, skin colours and ethnicities. They are most commonly used to address the signs of ageing, and can improve skin quality, lines and wrinkles, which usually present in the late 20s and early 30s.
Dermal fillers can also help to lift the skin by restoring volume loss due to ageing, which usually starts to affect those in their 30s and 40s. As well as ageing, dermal fillers are growing in popularity for beautification or enhancements, particularly amongst younger individuals.
There are misconceptions that dermal fillers always look fake or overdone, but if you choose a reputable and highly-trained medical practitioner who uses suitable brands of dermal fillers then you will have lovely, natural results.
Dermal fillers can help to improve: acne scars, chickenpox marks, tear troughs, skin unevenness, smile lines, crow’s feet, nose unevenness, facial asymmetry, frown lines, smoker’s lines, volume loss in the cheeks and lips, jawline definition, facial palsy, neck lines, ageing hands, plus much more!
What are the risks of filler treatment?
It’s important to know that in very rare circumstances, dermal fillers may cause side effects or complications. The risks should always be explained to you before your treatment by your practitioner, and you must sign that you acknowledge these risks and consent to being treated.
The minor side effects of dermal fillers are: bruising, pain and swelling immediately after treatment or lumps, bumps and infections days or months later, as well as an unsatisfactory aesthetic result. These may be treated by a qualified medical professional.
The most dangerous complications of dermal fillers are: obstruction of blood flow in the vessel (known as a vascular occlusion), which can lead to cell death causing serious trauma to the skin and, in extremely rare circumstances, blindness. These complications can be more long-term or permanent.
A highly trained medical practitioner will know how to limit the risk and prevent dermal filler complications. They will also be able to identify if there are any issues associated with your dermal filler treatment and have the skills and knowledge in how to manage it appropriately, as well as being qualified to administer the relevant medicine, to ensure your safety.
You should always contact your injector if you become aware of any side effects or complications.
What types of dermal fillers are available?
There are more than 60 different dermal filler brands available in the UK.
Some of the most common and trusted temporary hyaluronic acid dermal filler brands in the UK include: Aliaxin, Belotero, Juvéderm, Perfectha, Restylane, Saypha, Stylage, Teoxane and Yviore. Some of the semi-permanent filler brands available include: Ellansé, Radiesse and Sculptra.
You should know that many dermal fillers have not undergone as much robust clinical research, which can present patients with a risk. Always ask your practitioner what products they use and do research them prior to treatment.
Who can inject dermal fillers?
The UK is a completely unregulated market, so the scary thing is that anyone is legally allowed to inject dermal filler!
It’s currently very easy for a layperson with no medical qualification to attend a one-day training course and be allowed to start injecting the public.
In other countries, dermal fillers are not permitted to be injected by a non-medical professional. So why would you risk it in the UK?
At Beyond Beauty, we only endorse medical professionals (doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists) who have valid insurance and are registered and regulated by the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Dental Council or the General Pharmaceutical Council.
To learn more about the reputable organisations in aesthetics that can help you choose a medical practitioner, click here.
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