Unfortunately, the face is particularly prone to fine lines and wrinkles caused by the ageing process, your genes and lifestyle factors such as sun exposure, nutrition and smoking.
Facial lines can make you look older than you are, causing you to shy away from work or social situations, or to simply feel less energised about life in general. Many patients say that the person reflected in their mirror is not the person they feel they are on the inside.
One of the solutions to fine lines and wrinkles is the application of dermal fillers. These facial fillers are made of various kinds of natural and synthetic materials which can be injected into the skin to restore a more youthful plumpness.
The most common areas to be treated with dermal fillers include the naso-labial folds (between the mouth and the nose); the lines extending out from the lips and vertical lines around the mouth. They can also excellent to contour the cheeks and chin replacing volume loss associated with middle age facial ageing, or to plump out the lips.
For fine lines and wrinkles we use temporary dermal fillers made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in the spaces between cells of the body tissues. These fillers, which are very safe, have been used millions of times over the last 20 years. The filler binds to body water increasing in volume creating a volumising smoothing effect, making it a highly effective way to treat lines and wrinkles.
For moderate to severe wrinkles and to create a fuller appearance of the facial features we can use a longer acting filler made of crosslinked gelatenous hyaluronic acid or longer acting semi permanent products.
It takes around 30 – 40 minutes to undergo a dermal filler treatment.
When you attend for treatment, a local anaesthetic injection is often given to the area to be treated before the filler is injected. We use local block techniques making the while facial ‘zone’ numb making what can be a very unpleasant experience entirely painless.
The effects are immediately visible though they will look their best after 48-72 hours, providing you’ve followed our after-care instructions.
The dermal filler is eventually broken down and absorbed by the body. Depending on the type of filler used and the area treatment, further treatments are usually required to maintain the effect. If no further top-up treatments are given, then the wrinkles and lines will return to their previous appearance but they will be no worse than before treatment.
Dermal fillers injected into the lips will usually last 6 – 9 months while dermal fillers injected to deep areas to enhance volume should last for 12 – 24 months depending on product used.
There is a small chance of a local reaction, at the injection sites resulting in redness and swelling which lasts for 24 – 48 hours but sometimes longer. Such reactions can rarely cause itching and hardness and bumps in the skin. Bruising may also occur and can last for up to a week.
Depending on the area injected and the type of filler or pain control used, patients may find the procedure relatively painless to mildly uncomfortable. Other side effects include activation of cold sores if you are prone so let us now if that might be the case. Unevenness or lumpiness can both be addressed by more filler or rarely, but very effectively, filler dissolving agent.
This consultation is free of charge and we will assess the lines and wrinkles you wish to be treated in order to determine whether dermal fillers can achieve the results you’re looking for. We will talk you through the brand of dermal filler we feel will most suit your needs and tell you more about how the procedure will be performed.
At MPS, we have developed a technique we call ‘Try Before You Buy’ for cheek and lower lid fillers, which allows you to see your filler treatment will look like before deciding on whether to go ahead.
We will also discuss some of the risks involved so that you are able to weigh up the pros and cons before you decide whether dermal fillers are the right step for you to take.
We will ask you to return to our clinic a few days after your treatment so that we can ensure the injections sites are healing properly and to check you have the results you expected.
Over time, your dermal fillers will be absorbed by your body so you’ll need to have them topped up if you want to maintain the effect.
There have been several press reports about dermal fillers going wrong. This is usually down to poor administration of the dermal filler. By choosing an experienced, professional team for your dermal filler treatment you are more likely to get the results you would like.
No, they do not migrate. Slight misplacement can make them appear too superficial but training prevents this and makes the placement reliable.
No the product effect is primarily a response to your physiology and the product used.
We will give you advice and guidance on looking after your skin once you’ve had dermal filler treatment. However, to maintain your new look you will have to continue to have top-up treatments in future.