Dermal Fillers – Your Questions Answered by Dr Chris Airey at CJA Aesthetics Clinics in Hampshire and West Sussex
Dermal fillers are an effective non-surgical cosmetic treatment that will add volume to parts of the face, reducing fine lines and providing a fresher and more youthful appearance. If you are considering having a dermal filler treatment, it’s natural that you will have plenty of questions about the procedure itself and the aftercare required.
In this article Dr Chris Airey answers your most frequently asked questions about dermal fillers. Dr Chris is a fully registered doctor with the GMC (General Medical Council) and Care Quality Commission (CQC) in the UK, with extensive experience in non-surgical aesthetic treatments – you can find out more about his qualifications and experience here.
To book your free consultation please either call 07500 722925, email email@example.com, or complete the form at the bottom of the page.
Dermal fillers near me
Dermal Filler FAQs
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are a non-surgical cosmetic treatment for the signs of aging. The fillers are administered by a series of injections into the face, designed to have a plumping effect, creating contours where desired and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
How do dermal fillers work?
Dermal fillers are made from Hyaluronic Acid (HA), a substance that is naturally produced by your body. Dermal fillers take the form of a soft gel, which will be injected into specific points on the face. They work by boosting the body’s supply of HA, increasing the skin’s hydration and natural collagen production, resulting in a fresher, younger looking complexion.
Collagen provides our skin with elasticity and strength. As we age, our body’s collagen production slows, meaning that our skin can tend to sag and we develop lines and wrinkles. At the same time, the outer layer of our skin tends to thin (the epidermis), which in turn can lead to loss of hydration. Dermal fillers can reverse these effects of aging boosting volume and hydration.
Are dermal fillers safe?
Negative side effects or problems with modern Hyaluronic Acid and collagen stimulating dermal fillers are extremely rare. As they contain substances naturally occurring in the body, reactions are very unusual. At CJA Aesthetics we work only with fully tested, reputable brands of dermal filler including Juvéderm Volite and TEOSYAL Resilient Hyaluronic Acid.
In addition, as your treatment will be administered by a fully qualified doctor with wide experience of the procedure, you can be assured that you are safe hands with us. We will carry out a full consultation with you in advance of the procedure to ensure that you are suitable for treatment, and in the highly unlikely event of any negative issues occurring, we are full trained to take corrective action.
What are the possible side effects of dermal fillers?
As Hyaluronic Acid is a substance which naturally occurs in the body, serous reactions are rare. The most common side effects to the treatment are those which are usual follwing facial injections, including swelling, redness and tenderness. These will usually disappear within a week of the treatment. We will give you full information regarding the treatment, preparation for the procedure and what to expect and aftercare at your initial consultation. This will include full details of the possible risks with any such procedure and the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
What areas can be treated with dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are often used to smooth and lift the skin on the face, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They are also effective in reshaping the nose (without the need for surgery), contouring the cheeks, chin and jawline, and plumping the lips. In addition, they can be used to smooth wrinkled hands and on the decolletage. A full list of areas that can be treated is as follows:
- Laughter lines and crow’s feet around the eyes
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Tear troughs beneath the eyes
- Fine lines around the lips
- Lips – to add volume and shape
- Nose to mouth lines – nasolabial folds or marionette lines
- Wrinkles and lines on the cheeks
- Chin indentations
- Back of hands
Can everyone have dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are suitable for most people. The body’s collagen production generally starts to decline from the age of 25, so this is a treatment which could benefit people of all ages beyond this.
You should avoid dermal fillers however, if you have a known allergy to hyaluronic acid products. In addition, if you have bleeding disorders, active skin diseases infection or tumours near the area to be treated, you should discuss the treatment with your doctor beforehand. In addition, the qualified doctors at CJA Aesthetics will discuss your medical history and suitability for treatment at an initial consultation to ensure that it is safe to proceed.
Do dermal fillers work immediately?
Yes, you should see the results almost straight after your treatment and they should last between 6 and 18 months, depending on the type of treatment used and your body’s reaction. There may be a little swelling initially but this should subside within 48 hours.
How long do dermal fillers last?
The results for facial fillers should should last between 6 and 18 months, depending on the type of treatment used and your body’s reaction. Lip fillers are likely to need to be topped up every 6 – 12 months to retain the full effect.
How long does a dermal filler treatment take?
Your treatment will take around 25 – 45 minutes, depending on the areas to be treated.
Do dermal fillers hurt?
You may feel some mild discomfort when the filler is being injected into the face, but an local anaesthetic cream can be applied to numb the area prior to treatment. We will discuss this with you at your initial consultation. The fillers themselves also contain a local anaesthetic for a more comfortable treatment experience.
What is your aftercare advice?
For 6 hours following your dermal fillers treatment you should not wear make up, not touch the injected area and remain in an upright position – do not lie down.
For 48 hours after the treatment you should not drink alcohol, avoid making extreme facial expressions, avoid heat inducing activities including vigorous exercise, hot showers, saunas, sun beds.
For 7 days after the treatment you should not take long haul flights and avoid facials and rubbing the treated area.
Can I drive straight after a dermal filler treatment?
Yes, it’s a very safe treatment and the only activities to be avoided are those listed above.
Who can administer dermal fillers?
At CJA Aesthetics your dermal fillers will be administered by fully trained doctors. Doctors and other medical professionals learn how to administer dermal injections safely as part of their medical training.
Your face has many underlying sensitive structures, including nerves, blood vessels and of course the eyes when treating wrinkles near to these. It is imperative that the person administering fillers is trained to avoid damage and infection which could lead to serious scarring and other complications. When considering dermal fillers, or any other aesthetics treatment, it’s very important to see a registered medical professional who understands the anatomy of the face and knows how to avoid complications and damage. At CJA Aesthetics you are in the safe hands of our fully trained doctors.
What happens next?
If you are interested in dermal fillers, please complete this online medical form before booking in for an in-depth consultation with Dr Chris Airey. To book your free consultation please either call 07500 722925, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or complete the form below: