Thursday, 16 February 2017
To Fill or Not to Fill? What To Consider Before Having Dermal Fillers
There's one thing that's on everybody's lips at the minute - dermal fillers. Whether it's good or bad, it seems everyone has something to say. Dermal filler has been used for years in the aesthetic industry as a quick fix solution to smooth out deep wrinkles, sculpt the face and enhance the lips. As with any procedure growing with popularity, there is also a rise of complications and risks. We take a look at the things you need to know and understand before undergoing filler.
What is dermal filler?There are two types of dermal filler, naturally derived and synthetic. The most common filler to be used now is naturally derived from hyaluronic acid, a substance produced within our bodies. These fillers have much smaller risk of allergic reaction but reactions can still occur. The results of natural fillers are instant but will only last 3-18 months depending on the filler used and the individual's body response. Our bodies naturally breakdown hyaluronic acid, which means the procedure requires upkeep to maintain the results.Semi-permanent fillers are made up of synthetic materials and are often referred to as 'permanent'. The filler is not dissolved and remains within the face, however due to increased movement and skin elasticity over time, further procedures may be needed to maintain the result. Synthetic fillers carry much more risk because they do not leave the body, this can cause lumps to form and your body may even try to reject the filler. Complications that occur with semi-permanent filler are harder to treat and longer lasting.
The risksThe most common risks faced from dermal fillers are migration and the formation of lumps. No matter what substance is being injected, the technique of the practitioner is primary. The right amount of filler must be injected at the correct level to obtain the best aesthetic result. Over use of filler can cause unsightly ridges that distort the facial features. If filler is injected too superficially, lumps and shadowing may form. These complications can be scary for the individual but most can be corrected.The biggest risk with injectable filler happens if it is injected too deep and a facial vessel is hit. This is the lead cause of necrosis aka tissue death. Although this is incredibly rare, it should be of consideration when thinking about filler.
The dos and the don'tsSo you've decided to go ahead with dermal fillers, now you must be up to date with the after care advice to follow in the days and weeks after the procedure. The most important of these is preventing infection. As with any injectable, there is a risk of infection around the injection site.
- Avoid touching the area and using makeup for 24 hours
- Food and drink should be avoided immediately afterwards, in cases of lip augmentation
- Drinking lots of water is important, as it will help reduce swelling, heal and repair the skin
- No alcohol should be consumed within 24 hours and excessive exercise should also be avoided