Dermal fillers are popular treatments ideal for instantly enhancing your looks in a natural way. They work by adding volume and smoothing out lines, folds and wrinkles caused by natural ageing or sun exposure.
There are a wide variety of different dermal fillers available, which differ in molecular structure, content and duration. Restylane® is the longest established non-animal filler.
Restylane®, Beletero®, Juvederm® Ultra, Teosyal® are all made from Hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a natural substance which is found in all forms of life. Its most important function is to bear and bind water. HA is a large structural molecule that provides structural support to the skin. In the skin, collagen and HA work together to provide youthful resilience, texture and shape. In summary, the skins ability to counter the effects of time is largely due to HA and collagen.
How do dermal fillers work?
The technique involves introducing the product into the skin using a series of small injections. The dermal filler acts as a scaffolding to gently plump up the skin and hence reduce your wrinkles. Each product exerts gentle pressure from below and gives your skin layers back their natural elasticity. All Hyaluronic Acid(HA) dermal fillers are compatible with the skins own HA. As time passes the filler product gradually disintegrates usually between 4-12 months and further treatment may be desired.
Which areas can be treated?
Popular areas to add volume and fullness to include the lips, cheeks and bridge of the nose. For smoothing and plumping lines and wrinkles, popular treatment areas include around the forehead, eyes, mouth, chin, neck, décolletage and hands.
Kelly, will discuss your areas of concern and expectations during a full consultation and recommend suitable products according to your needs.
Who performs the treatment?
The treatment will be performed by Kelly Costello, an experienced aesthetic nurse. Kelly has over 8 years experience in aesthetics. Modern dermal fillers such as those used here at Fill Your Face Cosmetics do not require skin patch testing so treatment can usually be carried out immediately if desired. Kelly does recommend a cooling off period however.
After the treatment, you may experience redness, soreness, swelling, itching, discolouration and tenderness at the injection site. This typically subsides within a day or two. Bruising can occur although this is uncommon. Other reactions are rare. Hypersensitivity reactions with longer lasting redness and swelling have been reported, these tend to settle over a few months.
COVID-19 Vaccines and Dermal Fillers
Recent reports in the press refer to a very small number of patients in the Moderna Vaccine trial who suffered swelling in dermal fillers. The available data at the moment is inconclusive,and may change,but we wish to ensure your treatments are without incident, therefore we
recommend not having dermal filler treatments within 3-4 weeks of a vaccine, and should you experience any swelling that concerns you, please do not hesitate to contact us.
It must also be recognised that reactions are not necessarily MORE likely to occur with recent dermal filler treatment, therefore, patients who have dermal fillers may experience reactions even if the treatment was administered months before.
Are there any alternative treatments that may help?
A Good skincare regime and use of skin care products containing retinoids or antioxidants, plus a sunscreen of at least SPF 20 applied daily regardless of weather.
A Healthy diet paired with regular exercise and keeping well hydrated.
Wrinkle relaxing injections with Botulinum Toxin A (Botox®, Azzulure® etc) are widely used to soften dynamic lines affecting the upper face. Please see Wrinkle Relaxing Treatments page for further information.
Chemical Peels may also help to soften fine lines and wrinkles.
Kelly has been multi-product trained in the use of dermal fillers and will tailor the most appropriate product to your needs.
Younger, fresher and rejuvenated skin.