Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers in Caerphilly? We're here to help you.

What is dermal filler?

Dermal filler are small injections of gel usually composed of hyaluronic acid that can be used to add volume to the soft tissues or smooth out wrinkles.  Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that exists naturally in nearly all living organisms.

How does dermal filler work?

As we age the body reduces its production of elastin and collagen and also breaks down existing collagen in the tissues. These two proteins that keep the tissue firm and the skin elastic. This leads to signs of aging such as sagging skin, folds and wrinkles.
Dermal filler works by three methods:

1. Filling the space where volume has been lost
2. Attracts moisture to replenish the moisture of your skin
3.Encourages your hyaluronic acid to increase collagen and elastin production which improves skins integrity and quality.

The dermal filler can smooth away facial lines and wrinkles, create fuller lips and contour areas of the face such as the cheeks.

What are the side effects of dermal filler?

As with any medical procedure, you may experience some side effects.

The most common side effects include: bruising, swelling, redness, pain, itching. These usually disappear after a few days.

Additionally on rare occasions you may experience lumps and bumps, discolouration or change in pigment.

There are some serious risks associated with dermal filler including allergic reaction and blocking a blood vessel with the filler. These are very rare and is why its so important to only get injected by a medical professional who has an extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and also how to manage this situation.

If you are concerned about any of the symptoms you should contact the practice on 02920 883356.

What should I expect on the day?

You will first have a consultation with Dr Aliesha Williams to determine what you would like treated, any previous treatments you have tried, the procedure, risks and the cost. You will also be asked to complete a medical history form to ensure there are no contra-indications to you having the treatment.

You will then be given the option of booking an appointment for treatment to be carried out, so that you have time to weigh up your options. At this appointment, Dr Williams will address any questions or concerns you may have. You will be asked to sign a consent form to confirm you have been fully informed about the risks and benefits and are happy to receive treatment.

There is an option for use of a dental block to ensure a completely pain free lip filler experience and this is completed at the beginning of the appointment. Make up is then removed and the area cleaned.

The filler is then injected into specific areas using a small, fine needle. The procedure usually lasts approx 30 minutes and you will be given aftercare tips, although you can generally go about your daily activities afterwards.

As part of your treatment record, before and after photographs will be taken and stored with your clinical notes.

Dermal Filler FAQ

Due to the anaesthetic in the gel, you may feel numbness or tingling immediately after the procedure, and have some moderate swelling, redness, bruising and tenderness over areas treated. Some people experience a dull ache, and tenderness over the treated areas which subsides between 48-72 hours. Mild, non-painful swelling can last for up to 2 weeks. Bruising is usually visible initially, then more obvious the next day before fading over 7 to 14 days. A small minority of bruises can last for 4-6 weeks

Results are visible immediately!

Results last between 6-18 months depending on the area injected and the speed of your metabolism.

You shouldn’t have dermal fillers if you:

  • Have cutaneous disorders, inflammation or an infection at or near the treatment site.
  • A known hypersensitivity to dermal filler or lidocaine or a history if severe allergy or anaphylactic shock
  • Have an autoimmune disease
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • If you are under 18
  • For 48 hours you should avoid exposure to UV light and heat ie sauna, steam room, sunbeds, hot shower, strenuous exercise etc as this may increase discomfort and swelling.
  • Keep the area cool with a cold compress but don’t apply ice as this can cause injury
  • Try to avoid unnecessary pressure over any areas treated, especially in the first 24 hours

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