Statistics tell us that the global medical aesthetic market is going to be worth over $26 billion within the next 5 years, and one of the most popular treatments is dermal fillers. Where products like Botox freeze selected facial muscles, dermal fillers are used to enhance certain features, or to completely sculpt and smooth facial contours.
These days, soft tissue filler treatment is very popular and ubiquitous; however, it is still important to ensure you are fully informed before going ahead with the procedure.
Here are six things to know before getting dermal filler treatments:
- Fillers Are Very Different From Botox
It is important to understand the difference between Botox and dermal fillers. Botox is used to freeze muscles and decrease the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. Modern fillers are commonly made from hyaluronic acid, which is a natural hydrating and plumping product that your skin already makes- though production diminishes with age. Dermal filler treatment plumps the skin again, restoring lost volume or adding volume to areas you want to enhance.
- Not Everybody Providing Filler Treatment Is A Person You Want To Inject Your Face
Dermal fillers are classified as medical devices. They don’t require a prescription, so anyone can administer dermal fillers. However, like other injectables, you should look for medical practitioners registered with a regulating body. They will provide the service in accordance with good clinical practice and work within regulatory and legal guidelines. Dr Sian Aesthetics offers treatments with a doctor who is on the General Medical Council’s Specialist Register.
Using somebody without experience or training could not only result in bad results, but permanent serious side effects and long-term damage to your body.
- Different Layers Require Different Filler Types
Dermal filler gels have different sized particles making some more suitable for certain areas than others. For example, filler suitable for cheekbone enhancement will not be suitable for lip enhancement. Your consultant will explain the different types of filler they want to use and where they intend to place the filler during your consultation. This has implications for the total cost of the treatment plan, so be sure you do not proceed until you fully understand.
- Unlike Botox, If You Don’t Like The Results Of Filler Treatment, You Can Have It Reversed
With Botox, if the treatment results are not what you want, you have to wait up to six months for the results to fully wear off. With filler, if you do not like the results, your practitioner can dissolve the filler completely – provided a hyaluronic acid-based filler was used. This can be extremely reassuring for patients. However, dissolving filler -which is done using hyaluronidase- could lead to severe allergic reactions, and should never be done lightly.
- Not Everybody Is Suitable For Filler Treatment
Not everybody is suitable for filler treatment, which is why it is so important that you have a consultation. Any reputable practitioner will insist on a consultation before you have fillers applied. During your consultation the consultant will ask about your medical history and current medical status to check you are suitable. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have broken skin on the face or a facial infection of any sort, you will have to delay treatment.
- There’s No Real Downtime, But There Is Aftercare
One of the main benefits of dermal filler treatment is that it is a non-surgical procedure, requiring minimal downtime. Immediately after, there might be some redness, itching and bruising so you might want to have treatment before the weekend so those effects settle. There is some aftercare to be followed to ensure you get the best possible results. You need to ensure that you:
- Avoid touching the treated area in the six hours following treatment
- Avoid applying makeup to the treated area
- Do not use sunbeds or expose the areas to extreme heat
- Do not expose the areas to extreme cold
- Avoid alcohol for 24 hours after treatment
Following all aftercare instructions provided to you by your practitioner will ensure you get the best possible results from your treatment.
With so many providers of dermal filler treatments in a largely unregulated industry, it’s more important then ever to be fully informed before making the decision to have facial rejuvenation.