COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS DERMAL FILLERS FAQS
Dermal fillers are smooth injectable gels used to restore or add volume to the face. Some dermal fillers can also be used for skin hydration.
Fillers vary in density (thickness) which determines which area they can be used in and helps achieve the desired result, whether that is to provide lift or contouring, create symmetry, or enhance a particular feature such as the lips.
Many dermal fillers contain a synthetic compound that mimics the properties of a naturally occurring sugar molecule. This particular molecule assists in skin firmness and smoothness, by providing a kind of supporting network for other important structural tissue components, at the same time drawing moisture to the area and holding onto it. Over time, our natural levels of this sugar diminish, which is where fillers can help – literally filling wrinkles and hollow areas from within.
It varies from individual to individual. Results are usually immediately visible depending on the volume of fillers used. When injected into the skin to enhance skin quality, the improvement in skin quality may take up to 2 weeks to become visible.
The effects of dermal fillers can last anywhere between 9 and 24 months, depending on what product has been used. Both the brand and the thickness will impact how long the filler lasts.
The type of dermal fillers that contain the synthetic sugar molecule are usually well tolerated, however, as with all medications, side effects can occur.
Your practitioner will discuss in detail what to expect from treatment, at your consultation. Reported most common side effects from dermal fillers include: injection site redness, pain, swelling, firmness, lumps and bumps, bruising, itching or discolouration. In the vast majority of cases, these effects are temporary and should resolve within a week. [IFUs]
If you’re ever unhappy with the results from your dermal fillers, your practitioner will discuss your options with you.
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