What are Dermal Fillers?

New You Facial Aesthetics provide treatment with a variety of Dermal Fillers in our treatment room in Ashford, Kent. Dermal Fillers are sterile gels consisting of non-animal stabilised hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring sugar chain molecule that attracts and binds water in the skin). They are used for injection into the skin to correct facial lines, wrinkles and folds, lip injections for enhancement and for shaping facial contours.

At around the age of 25, the body stops producing collagen and elastin, the two proteins that work together to keep tissue firm and skin elastic, and the existing collagen in the body begins to break down. 

Without these two proteins, the body begins to display the typical signs of ageing (things like sunken cheeks, hollow eyes, deep lines and wrinkles) as the body no longer has a means of keeping tissue strong and supple. 

Dermal fillers can be used to work in harmony with the body's remaining collagen and elastin, supporting these all-important proteins to give skin a more full and youthful appearance. 

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Possible Risks, Complications and Side Effects

  • Redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising and tenderness at the injection site
  • Localised allergic reactions ie. swelling and firmness at the implant site, sometimes affecting the surrounding tissues.  Also, redness, tenderness and rarely acne-like formations (Rare 1 in 10000)
  • Prolonged firmness, abscess formation or greyish discolouration at the implant sites.  These may take weeks or months to develop and may persist for several months but normally resolve with time (Very rare <1 in 15000)
  • Injection of filler into an arterial vessel can cause necrosis (cell death) of the area supplied by the vessel (Extremely rare)

After Treatment with Dermal Fillers

  • Do not reapply makeup or touch the area for at least 6 hours.  This is to reduce the risk of injection-site infection
  • Apply a clean light makeup to cover any redness after the initial 6 hour recovery period
  • Do not expose the treated area to intense heat (eg. solarium or sunbathing) or to extreme cold for 1 week following treatment
  • To help reduce any swelling a clean cool pack can be applied to the treated area.  Over the counter anti-inflammatory tablets eg. Ibuprofen may be useful, as long as you are medically suitable to take them, although bruising may be enhanced or prolonged with their use
  • The likelihood of bruising may be increased when patients are taking aspirin or similar medications.  Arnica cream may help to resolve or minimise bruising and can be applied directly to the area
  • Antihistamine tablets and analgesia eg. Paracetamol can be taken to relieve symptoms of itching and discomfort 

After Lip Treatments

  • Due to the sensitivity of the lip, swelling can sometimes last for up to 7-14 days and during this time lips can appear slightly uneven.  The result directly seen following treatment should not be seen as the final result
  • A clean cool pack should be applied to the area to sooth the lips and help reduce swelling
  • Hot drinks should not be consumed for at least 2 hours after treatment
  • Non prescription anti-inflammatory tablets can be used so long as you are medically suitable to take them
  • If you have a history of cold sores there is a risk, due to insertion of the needle into the skin where the virus is present, but dormant, that the virus may be activated.  This may cause a first outbreak of a cold sore or another eruption of the previous cold sore
  • In the case of an outbreak of cold sores, topical, non-prescription anti-viral cream for the treatment of cold sores may prove useful