At Rutland Aesthetics we have medical experience that you can trust. Our dermal filler treatment is for clients that prefer a natural look which involves injecting natural or synthetic substances into an area of your face, neck, or lips.
While some patients use them to smoothen out wrinkles, others choose them for:
- Treating acne scars
- Reducing sagging jowls
- Enhancing facial contours
- Plumping or correcting lips
- To improve the skin’s tone, hydration, and texture
Before choosing dermal filler treatments, it is essential to understand what the procedure involves. Also, it is essential to seek dermal fillers from trained professionals who can safely administer them. With a thorough understanding of dermal fillers and how they can treat your skin, you can benefit from a safe procedure.
What are dermal filler treatments?
Dermal fillers are injectable treatments that smoothen wrinkles and crevices in the skin. They may also add volume to areas such as the chin, lips, and cheeks.
Today, there are multiple dermal fillers available to patients. Each one meets strict pharmaceutical guidelines before being made available for use. The type your clinician uses will vary according to your condition and your preferences.
Collagen dermal fillers contain a protein that the body produces naturally: collagen. As the most abundant protein in the body, it provides cells with their structure. From your early twenties onwards, your body produces one-percent less collagen per year. Specific activities, such as smoking and sunbathing, speed up this process.
Injectable collagen replaces the substances that the body no longer produces. Each treatment lasts for three to six months, after which you may require more if you want to maintain the effects.
Hyaluronic acid is another natural substance. Unlike collagen, it is not a protein that plumpens. Instead, it draws moisture into the cells at the injection site. As a result, the area looks plumper and smoother, creating a youthful appearance.
Whether your doctor uses a collagen or hyaluronic acid filler, they will work with a brand that is well-regulated and safe for use. Each type contains products that are biodegradable, which means the results are temporary. One of the main advantages of this is that you can decide whether you like the look your doctor creates. If you don’t, your body breaks down the filler over time, allowing you to return to your previous image.
How do dermal filler treatments work?
Before your dermal filler treatments, your doctor will assess your cosmetic condition, as well as any underlying medical complaints. Together, you will create a treatment plan that involves using dermal filler treatments to produce the image you want. During this appointment, your doctor will also discuss your expectations and whether you can meet them.
The treatment procedure will begin with sterilising the skin briefly. While some doctors may apply a topical anaesthetic, many use dermal fillers that contain local anaesthetics. As such, the procedure involves minimal pain.
After identifying your treatment are, the dermal filler injects directly into the skin. Once they are there, they replace either the hyaluronic acid or collagen your body is no longer producing. As a result, your skin appears smoother, and you can temporarily reverse some of the signs of ageing.
Depending on the dermal filler you use and your skin’s current state, you will need to return three or six months later for a repeat procedure. However, whether you choose to do so is up to you. You can discontinue the dermal filler treatments if you feel as though you no longer want them.
Finding a dermal filler practitioner
Finding the right dermal filler practitioner is essential if you want to experience excellent results and stay safe. Ideally, your dermal filler practitioner should:
- Have a medical, nursing, or dental background.
- Be willing to provide their full name, as well as proof of registration with their profession’s regulatory body.
- Contact details, so you can ask questions about the procedure.
- They should also either have prescribing rights themselves, or work with someone who holds prescribing rights.
Although there was once a time when practitioners could prescribe dermal fillers using a phone consultation, this is no longer legal. Therefore, your initial appointment should be with the clinician who is willing to prescribe your dermal filler treatment. After this, you can receive treatments from someone without prescribing rights, but they should still come from a proper healthcare or medical background.
What to do before and after your dermal filler appointment
Before your first dermal filler treatment consultation, you may want to consider the following:
- What you hope the treatment will achieve
- Whether you have any questions
- Whether you have any medical conditions or are taking any drugs
Arriving at your appointment with the right information allows the professional providing your dermal filler treatments to make an informed decision about your care.
Before the day you receive your injections, you should also:
- Avoid alcohol one to two days ahead of the procedure
- Stop taking medications your doctor advises you so
- Contact Rutland Aesthetics if you have a cold sore, virus, cough, or any other illness
It is important to note that any changes to your medical state that occur after your initial consultation may impact your doctor’s ability to administer dermal fillers. Therefore, you should contact Rutland Aesthetics if you receive a new diagnosis or have any medical concerns.
On the day of your derma filler treatments
On the day of your treatments, arrive without any makeup. Doing this ensures the area your doctor injects remains sterile. Afterwards, you should also:
- Avoid alcohol for one day
- Do not engage in vigorous exercise for the next two days
- Do not enter a sauna or a similar environment for the next two days
- Avoid using painkillers that may thin your blood, such as Aspirin
- Follow your doctor’s advice regarding swelling and pain
- Stay away from intense UV rays for two days and use sunscreen after to protect the collagen
Also, if you notice any adverse reactions, seeks medical advice immediately. Dermal filler treatments are safe for most people. However, like any medication, they do come with risks.
Are dermal filler treatments safe?
For most people, dermal filler treatments are safe. You can continue with your usual activities, although you may notice red marks or feel tender. Rest assured that this is normal.
There are some instances where you should contact the person who administered your treatment for further advice. These include:
- Swelling, pain, and redness that become worse three days after the treatment
- Signs of an allergic reaction, which can include rashes, itching, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. If this happens, seek emergency medical help.
- Feeling dizzy or faint
In some cases, patients experience asymmetry and bumps. If this happens, return to Rutland Aesthetics to see if we can resolve the problem.
Unfortunately, dermal filler treatments are not appropriate for everyone. Such people include:
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women
- People who take Warfarin
- People taking drugs that affect the immune system
- Those who are immunocompromised
- Individuals with skin conditions, especially infections
- Those who have undergone Roaccutane treatment for acne in the last 18 months
- Anybody who has a blood clotting or bleeding disorder
If you are unsure whether you are a suitable candidate for dermal fillers, please get in touch with us.
How Rutland Aesthetics can Help
With a strong clinical team that’s lead by Dr Dhesi, Rutland Aesthetics is an ideal setting for dermal filler treatments. With decades of experience as a GP, a registered practitioner with ACE and additional Aesthetic Medicine training, Dr Dhesi can administer dermal filler injections with precision, while remaining safe.
If you would like to explore the use of Dermal Fillers for your ageing complaints, get in touch with us.
*Please note that a free medical consultation is required before having the treatment.