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  • Dr Kathryn Bell

All you need to know about Dermal Fillers

I recently hosted a Facebook Live to answer a few of the questions I have been asked regarding treatment with Dermai Fillers and I felt it would be useful to write about these FAQ's as well.

As everyone is now well and truly recovered from the Christmas and New Year period and finding that they once again know what day it is, it seems like a good time to address some of the questions that are frequently asked regarding treatment with Dermal Fillers. Should you find that you have a burning question that is not answered in this blog post, please feel free to get in touch and I will do my best to answer any questions or queries you may have.

How much does it cost?

The price varies quite a lot depending on a number of factors such as the area being treated, the amount of filler being placed, and the product being used. The complexity of the area being treated affects the price as well, as more complicated areas tend to have a higher price. Also, areas that are likely to require more product tend to be higher in price. It isn’t just a case of paying per millilitre of product as there are other aspects of treatment to consider such as how long the procedure will take and whether the area will be numbed prior to treatment

Does it hurt?

The honest answer to this is that it can be uncomfortable. We try to minimise any pain or discomfort experienced by placing either topical or local anaesthetic. For example, when treating the lips which tend to be quite tender, I can use my skills as a dentist to place local anaesthetic and completely numb the area for the procedure. Lips are a particularly sensitive area to place dermal fillers so being able to numb them is a huge advantage for making the treatment as comfortable as possible. For other areas we will discuss with you what level of anaesthesia you would like for the treatment and the minimum would be placing some numbing cream around the area.

How long does treatment take?

Again, this can vary and may well be reflected in the cost of treatment. The usual length of appointment is 30 minutes to an hour, but this does include preparation and making sure that you are as comfortable as possible before the actual placement of the filler.

Do Dermal Fillers work instantly?

You will notice a difference as soon as the treatment is completed and that is one of the nice things about this treatment. The results will continue to improve over the following 2-4 weeks as the Hyaluronic acid in the product absorbs water molecules and plumps out the area

Will it look Fake? Dermal Fillers can be used to subtly enhance and rejuvenate the appearance. The amount of product used can be kept to a small amount to ensure that the results are subtle. Over time if a more volumized look is desired, this can be built up. We work with you to help achieve the result you desire.

We tend to use other products for the relaxation of fine lines and wrinkles around the face as this tends to be a more effective management for this issue., Deeper lines such as those that run from the nose to the upper lip can be treated quite nicely by replacing lost volume in the cheeks with the adiditon of dermal fillers to augment the area.. Other deep lines around the face may be improved by the placement of fillers if other treatments aren’t sufficient to relax them enough

How long do dermal fillers last?

This is a tricky question to answer as it can really vary from one person to another. For example, people with a high metabolism, find that fillers may not last as long because the product can be broken down more quickly. So for people who exercise regularly fillers don’t always last as long as for other people.

It also depends on the area that is treated, and the product used. Thin fillers in a mobile area of the face generally last around three to six months, thicker fillers in less mobile areas around ten to twelve months.

On average, dermal filler treatments last around eight to ten months. Certainly, for lip fillers, about eight to 10 months would be a good approximation.

Are repeat treatments needed?

Dermal fillers are not a permanent treatment. As the product gets broken down by the natural metabolic processes within the body the volume created by the product will be lost and a repeat treatment may be carried out.

Will there be any swelling?

It is quite usual to have some swelling after treatment. This is most noticeable for the first 5 days following the procedure but may persist for 2-4 weeks until it is completely resolved. The more vascular the area that is treated, the more swelling there is likely to be, so lips do tend to swell in the early days after treatment. This can be assisted by the use of ice packs to reduce the swelling.

It is certainly something to be conscious of when timing the treatment should there be any significant events or holidays coming up and we generally recommend treatment is at least 2 weeks before any events.

What are Dermal Fillers?

A dermal filler is a product with a gel consistency that is made from synthetic hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a wonderful product which in its natural form can be found within the body. The synthetic hyaluronic acid found in dermal fillers is broken down by the same processes within the body as natural hyaluronic acid.

The dermal filler gel, made from hyaluronic acid, is placed within the layers of the skin to add volume and plump the area. As dermal fillers come in different thicknesses, the placement can be tailored to the individual product. Thin fillers tend to be placed more superficially and thick fillers placed deeper depending on whether the desired result is filling a line or adding volume to an area.

Thin fillers and thick fillers are the same product but have different particle sizes within the gel.

Is treatment reversible?

Dermal Filler treatment can be reversed if it is necessary. There is a product available that can be used to speed up the dissolving of the hyaluronic acid should it be required. It may be decided that reversing the treatment is necessary if there is a problem with the amount of product used or the placement of the product.

Are there any risks?

As with any other treatment, there are risks that need to be considered prior to deciding whether to have dermal fillers placed. When dermal fillers are placed incorrectly, they can compromise blood vessels leading to issues with blood circulation in the area of treatment.

Obviously minimizing this risk is very important, which is why going to somebody who has appropriate training is essential.

Are there any other risks or side effects?

More common and less significant risks include bruising and swelling of the area as well as the development of small lumps or nodules……

And the most important question of all....

Why should you have dermal fillers at Ridge Aesthetics?

There are a number of reasons why you should choose to have your treatment with us at Ridge Aesthetics

1. You will have a full and thorough consultation which will enable the provision of an individual treatment plan in order to achieve the results you want.

2. We look at what you hope to achieve with treatment so we can decide whether dermal fillers are going to give you the results you hope for, or whether another treatment would be a better option for you.

3. We only use high quality products. My personal preference at the moment is a lovely product called Perfectha, which is produced in France and have a wonderful range extending from fine fillers through to thicker fillers to suit all treatment needs.

4. As a dentist, I am able to use my extensive knowledge of head and neck anatomy along with the qualifications I have in beauty and makeup to understand the scientific and anatomical basis of beauty and how best to achieve your desired results.

5. The same person will be undertaking your consultation and treatment to ensure consistency and a personalised experience throughout your time with us.

6. Treatment is carried out in a clinical environment with procedures and protocols if place that will maximise the safety of your treatment and reduce the risk of any unwanted effects or outcomes.

7. I use my expertise as a dentist to provide comfortable treamtment. As a minimum I will use numbing cream but for a lot of procedures I will use local anaesthetic to numb the are as completely as possible

8. You will receive excellent post -operative care. After treatment, you will be reviewed two weeks later and if you have any worries, queries or concerns prior to this we will ensure that they are taken care off

So, if you are considering dermal fillers as a treatment option, call 01454 313 189 to book your FREE consultation today

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