Frequently asked questions
What are Dermal Fillers ?
Dermal fillers can be natural or synthetic, at Dermis Aesthetics we only use two types of Hyalauronic Acid Fillers Juvederm and Restylane both are FDA approved which indicates both efficacy and safety. A dermal filler is not a medicine it is a medical device, however, the process of injecting the dermal filler should only be undertaken by a qualified medical professional.
What is Hyalauronic Acid ?
It is a naturally occurring sugar in the body, the hyalauronic acid (HA) used in the dermal filler has been manufactured to replicate the natural substance. The HA is then cross linked to form a gel which can vary in viscosity (thickness).
This cross linking process binds the chains of the molecules to form the HA into a smooth gel, the molecules of HA are highly hydrophilic (absorb water) which can be of further benefit by improving the skin hydration in the treated area.
How many syringes will I need ?
Patients may need more than one treatment to get the desirable smoothing/filling effect. Successful results will depend on the health of the skin, the skill of the practitioner, the type and amount of filler used. The time that the effect lasts depends on the filler material used and the area where it is injected.
Are dermal fillers safe ?
In short only if the person injecting fillers is suitably qualified not only to inject the filler but manage complications which is covered below.
Dermal Fillers have been used for many years, these Fillers have been developed over this time and some types of synthetic fillers are now obsolete, the industry has learned over the years which Fillers are safe to use in particular hyalauronic acid filler is the most popular as these Fillers can be dissolved in emergency situations and also can be softened if the patient has over correction or asymmetry.
What are the risks ?
As stated above dermal fillers are very safe, the technique of injection can cause bruising and swelling which can range in severity, the full list of complications will be discussed with you before you have your treatment and an aftercare document will be provided with an emergency number.
Infections can happen to anyone at any time and can be as a result of poor sterile technique, or injecting large bolus of filler which can cause granuloma (inflammation) in the tissue resulting in infection sometimes weeks after the procedure. Infections can also occur when the patient introduces bacteria after the procedure from touching the treated area or applying make up. If an infection does occur a short course of antibiotics can be prescribed, it is important to understand that this is very rare.
The face contains soft tissue which is made up of nerves, arteries, veins, glands and muscle, a skilled injector will know how to assess the face and take relevant precautions to ensure that these areas of the face are avoided and that arteries are not injected into, also that the correct type of filler is used in the relevant areas to avoid the arteries being compressed. In the unlikely event that a filler is injected into a vessel the practitioner will immediately recognise the signs and emergency Hylase will be administered which dissolves the filler.