What Are Dermal Fillers?
Injectable Fillers are soft tissue fillers that are temporary. They can last anywhere between 6 months to 2 years before they are adsorbed by the body. The health of the skin and patient are a variable in the longevity of fillers.
What Materials are in Dermal Fillers?
All fillers are composed from Hyaluronic acids, sugar molecules and collagens. The materials are obtained from animals &/or developed synthetically in a laboratory.
Hyaluronic acid and collagen are major components of skin and are natural occurring substances in our body and diminish with age.
What can Dermal Fillers do for me?
Fillers restore and replenish volume that is lost due to the ageing process. Fillers can also enhance our natural features to improve the signs of aging. As we age we the main building blocks for skin rejuvenation collagen, elastin start to decrease. The skin then starts to look tired, dry and dull. Fillers restore this process giving the skin suppleness, hydration and restore the aging process.
Fillers can be used to enhance lip volume, cheeks, ear lobes, soften smile and frown lines, reshape jawlines and soften scaring.
Post Injection Instructions
Apply a cool compress for 10 minutes every hour on the day of treatment (do not apply ice directly on your skin). A cool compress applied regularly for the first 24 hours after injections may help to reduce the amount of swelling. Some patients use arnica before and after treatment to reduce the swelling.
Pain is usually mild and sometimes moderate after filler injections. There are areas which can be quite painful like the chin and the lips. Pain relief such as paracetamol may be taken as directed by your clinician.
Patients on aspirin, fish oil or other drugs associated with increased bruising may find their risk increased. For the treatment of bruising, there are over the counter treatments available, including Bruderm and Hirudoid. Vascular laser therapy at our Clinik is also an option for the treatment of bruising.
- Do not expose the area to intense heat (e.g. solarium or sauna).
- Avoid pressure on the treated areas for the first few nights (i.e. sleep on back of possible).
- Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours.
- Avoid alcohol for 24 hours.
- Do not use AHA, Retinols/Vitamin C therapy or oil-based make-up for 24 hours.
- Avoid facials, facial waxing, glycolic or AHA peels, IPL or energy-based treatments and microdermabrasion for two weeks after treatment. Please check with your physician before undergoing other facial treatments within this time.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: We recommend our patients not to engage in any rigorous exercise for 24 to 48 hours after dermal filler treatment to minimise the risk of bruising or swelling due to elevation in blood pressure from exercising. The chances of the product moving from exercise in general is unlikely.
A: We strongly advise our clients not to have any form of massage, whether that be to the face or body for at least two weeks. This allows for the fillers to settle, within the first week the filler is quite mobile and with enough force i.e. from a massage, can push the filler, which can possibly change the desired results.
A: Yes, you can eat & drink as normal, however we strongly suggest waiting until any anaesthetic has completely worn off. This will avoid you biting your lip or drinking something too hot or cold, which will cause trauma to your mouth. As a general rule two hours is enough time to commence eating and drinking again after your procedure.