Dermal fillers can be used to smooth folds and wrinkles in the skin. They are made up of a variety of materials which tend to be either non-permanent or permanent in their effect.
- Collagen – effect is three to four months
- Hyaluronic acid – effect is four to six months
- Polylactic acid – injections over several months may last two years
- Calcium hydroxylapatite – effect is about 18 months.
It is important to do your research and speak to your specialist about which is most suitable for you.
Before having your procedure, the specialist will establish the areas in which the filler will be injected. This could include your cheeks, lines between your nose and mouth, around the mouth and lips, forehead and between the eyebrows.
You may be offered a local anaesthetic cream or injection to numb the area. The practitioner will then begin injecting the filler into the appropriate areas, using an ultra-fine needle.
Treatment time can vary from 30 minutes to an hour, but as soon as it is over you can resume your daily activities right away. Your practitioner will also inform you of any precautions to take after the treatment and how long to take them for.
There are a number of risks associated with dermal fillers, which include:
- Bruising around the needle site
- Hardness and bumps in the skin
If you do experience any of these side effects or any other side effects after treatment, contact your treatment provider urgently, or visit your nearest hospital.