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Dermal Filler Injections

In addition to their use for restoring facial volume, and sculpting and shaping facial features such as lips and cheeks, dermal filler can also be used to reduce the appearance of some acne scars. With the help of a skilled injector, dips and troughs in the face or body can be smoothed and plumped from below the skin’s surface, making the scar less visible and improving the quality of the skin simultaneously.

How Does It Work?

Dermal fillers are a hyaluronic acid-based gel substance which is injected into the skin to add volume, shape and contour facial features, and smooth the skin’s surface from below. There are several types of dermal filler, all of which have different levels of viscosity (firmness/density). This is chosen according to where the filler is to be injected – lips, cheeks, jawline, backs of hands, or other areas of the body. For scarring, dermal filler is injected into the skin below sunken scars, pushing the tissue upwards so that it sits more flush with the surrounding tissue. This makes for a smoother appearance and reduces the visibility of the scar.

What Types Of Scars Are Suitable For Filler?

There are several different types of scars, each displaying distinct characteristics on the skin’s surface. These include boxcar scars, icepick scars, and rolling scars. Dermal filler can be used to reduce the appearance of some atrophic (sunken) scars, depending on their size, shape, and severity.

How Long Do Filler Results Last?

Typically, dermal fillers last 6-12 months, but there are several factors which can impact the longevity of fillers. This includes the area of injection, the type and quality of skincare used in the area, the age and physical health of the receiver, and the type and viscosity of the chosen filler.

What Are The Risks?

As an injectable service, bruising is common among dermal filler patients. This is normal and should subside within 5-10 days. These can be covered with makeup from 24 hours after treatment. Dermal filler also carries a risk of vascular occlusion. This results from dermal filler being injected into a vein or artery, which causes a blockage and results in a blood clot. Vascular occlusion is a standard risk of dermal filler even for the most skilled cosmetic injector. For this reason it is crucial that you understand and accept this risk prior to dermal filler treatments, and closely follow your post-treatment care instructions. Ensuring that you are aware of the signs of vascular occlusion means that you can report it straight away and that we can work with you promptly to treat it.

Is It Painful?

Local anaesthetic is injected throughout the treatment zone to numb the skin and ensure you are comfortable throughout. You may experience several days of soreness and tenderness for several days following the procedure, which may last slightly longer if bruising occurs.

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