Filler Patient Information
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable products either synthetic or natural which are used to help restore volume or fill in various lines around the face. They are injected under the skin to give a more youthful or enhanced look.
How are they applied?
Dermal fillers are administered by a trained medical practitioner and are injected around the face using various techniques.
What happens during the treatment?
Dermal fillers generally take around 30-45 minutes to administer. Your medical practitioner will discuss your thoughts and assess your face to decide on the best treatment for you. They will then determine the injection site to achieve the best results for you. Topical anaesthetic is generally applied 30 minutes before the treatment. Your practitioner will then administer the dermal fillers through several injections. You can usually feel the initial injection, but the procedure shouldn’t be painful as most dermal fillers contain lidocaine products. You can return to work or day to day activities immediately.
Are there side effects?
If they do occur, they will be mild to moderate. The most common are slight bruising and swelling from the injection sites. A detailed list of side effects can be obtained from the practitioner at your consultation.
When can you see results?
Dermal fillers work instantly. Following treatment, the area should be left alone to settle.
How long does it last?
Dermal fillers on average last around 4-8 months but this can differ for each individual.
How much does it cost?
Dermal fillers are generally charged per syringe and vary depending on the strength and longevity of the filler.
If you have not been offered any additional or different instructions, please follow the advice listed below.
The effect of your treatment is immediate. Filler can be slightly mobile for a few hours following the procedure, so it is important that you keep facial movements minimal and do not rub or massage the area for the rest of the day.
Immediately after treatment it is quite normal for there to be slight redness, swelling and tenderness around the treated area. These signs will gradually disappear in a few days. Wash and dry your face with gentle patting movements.
Its is possible that you may be able to feel or see where the product has been placed for about two weeks following treatment. As the filler gradually incorporates into the matrix of your skin, these signs will lessen. If you have had stronger, more uplifting filler, it is possible that the filler will be palpable for longer.
Please avoid the use of makeup for the rest of the day to prevent the introduction of infection to the injection sites.
Do not have facial beauty treatments or massage for two weeks following treatment and avoid exposure to strong sunlight, very cold temperatures, saunas and solariums for the same length of time.
if there is discomfort following treatment you may take Paracetamol. Avoid the use of aspirin, ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory drugs as these may increase the risk of bruising.
Lip treatment generally takes a little longer to settle and may feel tender and appear uneven – this will gradually resolve itself within the first week and should not affect the final result.
There is a chance of bruising with filler treatments, caused both through the injection and sometimes through the pressure of the product on capillaries under the skin. Bruising may be apparent at the time of treatment or may develop later and may be anything from more likely mild to moderate or occasionally heavy. This is an unfortunate side effect of filler treatments. Bruising will subside in time and the use or arnica cream can sometimes be helpful. Cool compresses for two days following treatment can help. After two days, warm compresses will encourage blood supply to remove traces of the bruise.
Although your treatment result is immediate the overall result will look much better in about two weeks when any trauma has subsided, and the plumping effect of the product has really started to take effect.
If you are pregnant or a nursing mother, treatment is not recommended.