Dermal fillers are injectable gel-like substances of varying viscosities. They can be used in all manner of ways to sculpt and shape facial contours, fill lines and wrinkles, and even help the skin rejuvenate through increased hyaluronic acid, collagen, and elastin fibres.
Dermal fillers are made up of hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring sugar within the body. Hyaluronic acid is responsible for cushioning and hydration in your skin. As we age, levels of HA within the body deplete rapidly, leaving the skin dehydrated, dry and sagging. Lines and wrinkles can appear, and the skin can take on a hollow and dull appearance. Using injectable dermal fillers to plump out the skin, hydrate and fill areas in need of volumising can produce astounding results, in one treatment session.
Dermal fillers treat many concerns, including thinning or ageing lips or lips which are asymmetrical or misshapen (read more here), sunken cheeks, deep temples, under eye bags and dark circles, a misshapen nose, a weak chin or jowls, an undefined jawline, deep-set lines and wrinkles. Skilled injectors can even perform facelifts without surgery.
Before any non-surgical treatment here at Space Healthcare, we request that you attend an initial no-obligation consultation with one of our practitioners. This meeting allows you to describe your facial concerns and ask as many questions as you have about your dermal filler procedure. You’ll get a facial examination and a medical history check. This ensures that fillers are suitable for your concern, and that you’re fit and well to go ahead with treatment.
Before the treatment takes place, the area to be treated may be numbed with a topical anaesthetic for your comfort. Once the numbing cream has taken affect, your practitioner will inject a measured dosage of a specifically selected dermal filler in to the area.
A regular needle may be used for the procedure, though cannulas are now being used more regularly for dermal filler treatments. Cannulas, which are rounded tipped needles, help to minimise bruising as they glide easier under the skin and past delicate blood vessels and veins.
Once the treatment is complete, you will be able to return to your daily activities, though adhering to any aftercare instructions that your practitioner will offer you.
As with any injectable procedure which involves the use of needles or cannulas, there can be some discomfort or strange sensations such as pulling or tugging of the skin, but the treatment should not be painful. Most dermal fillers now contain Lidocaine, injectable anaesthesia that numbs the area as the needle injects the substance.
Cannulas minimise discomfort versus needles because they glide through the tissues of the skin and do not pierce the nerves, which causes pain. If you are particularly worried or sensitive to pain, your practitioner may offer you an injectable nerve ‘block’ to numb the treatment area completely, but this is not usually necessary as a topical anaesthetic is usually sufficient.
As treatments using injectable dermal fillers are non-surgical procedures, there is no ‘clinical’ downtime, where you need to take time off to recover. However, there may be some bruising, slight swelling and tenderness in the treatment areas for a few days after your treatment. This is quite normal and can be eased with the use of arnica prior to treatment, ice packs immediately afterwards and avoiding hot saunas, baths and steam rooms as well as excessive alcohol consumption in the days that follow your dermal filler treatment.
Most results can be seen immediately after a dermal filler treatment. However, as there can be a period of swelling afterwards, expect the full results to be seen around 2 weeks after your treatment. You may need to return to the clinic at this time for any top ups or adjustments.
This all depends on the areas treated, the thickness or viscosity of the filler and how your own body responds to hyaluronic acid, metabolises the dermal filler substance and certain lifestyle factors such as smoking, excessive sun-exposure and regular strenuous exercise. The expected longevity of your results will be discussed in your initial consultation at Space Healthcare.
Space Healthcare offers medical-grade products and treatments in a safe and clinical setting. Our Leamington Spa cosmetic clinic is easily accessible. We pride ourselves in our friendly and empathic service and exceptional knowledge in our fields. We offer discretion, professional and medical excellence as well as a comfortable experience for all our patients.