Dermal and lip fillers – frequently asked questions
This is our frequently asked questions page, explaining all about dermal fillers and lip fillers. To find out more about Sarah’s specific approach to using dermal fillers you may wish to visit our treatment page and the 8 point lift page.
What exactly are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are materials used to correct wrinkles and other depressions in the skin. The dermal fillers I use are from the Juvéderm® Vycross range. These are a soft, injectable gels which contains hyaluronic acid, a sugar molecule that exists naturally in the human skin.
Why is Juvéderm® used at BrightNewMe?
I use the Juvéderm® Vycross range of dermal fillers because it contains an anaesthetic to reduce discomfort, and it produces a smoother, longer lasting effect than other products. As such, it is known as a ‘next generation’ product, and is made by Allergan, who have been innovating in the field of medical aesthetics for over thirty five years.
How does it work?
Over time we lose our natural hyaluronic acid, and the skin can then lose its shape and volume. This effect, combined with muscle activity, contributes to the development of lines and wrinkles. By boosting the natural levels of hyaluronic acid, Juvéderm® adds volume and revitalises the skin, dramatically improving its appearance.
Why are there different types of Juvéderm®?
The dermal fillers in the Juvéderm® range vary in their voluminising capacity. This allows me to select the right type of filler for the area being treated. Lip fillers, for example, need to be softer to create a natural looking lip enhancement, whereas a cheek filler may require a firmer product.
How is the treatment undertaken?
Using a very fine needle, the product is injected directly beneath the line of the wrinkle or fold to fill the depression in the skin.
Is it safe?
Yes – dermal fillers have been used worldwide for many years, resulting in millions of successful treatments, and the Juvéderm® fillers used at BrightNewMe are totally biodegradable after injection.
Is it painful?
As noted above, the Juvéderm® range of products I use already contains an anaesthetic known as lidocaine. In addition, I offer additional local anaesthesia to all patients, either in cream or injection form, to ensure that the procedure is comfortable and pain-free.
How soon will I see the results?
The initial improvement in appearance is immediate, with further improvement in the vitality of the skin developing over the following one to two weeks.
How long does the effect last?
Fillers last different times in different patients and in different areas of the face. The effects of the Juvéderm® Vycross range of products I use can last eighteen to twenty-four months in areas such as the cheeks. However, for lip fillers (an area where there is more movement) re-treatment may be appropriate after six to twelve months (depending on which lip filler product is used).
Are there any side-effects?
Occasional side-effects would include temporary redness, tenderness during injections, and swelling and bruising at the injection sites. However, these would normally be expected to settle within a matter of hours. The risks of allergies and other skin reactions are minimal with the Juvéderm® range of products.
Who should not be treated?
I undertake a full assessment of suitability prior to treatment. However, Juvéderm® should not be used in patients with severe allergies, particularly those who have allergies to bacterial proteins or patients with a history of anaphylaxis.
How many syringes will I need?
I will be able to give you guidance on this upon assessment. However, I generally advise patients that in one treatment session we could use up to 4 syringes (for full face rejuvenation). Treating with 4mls maximum will allow you to be in control of the effects. Further treatment can always be undertaken at a later date.
Why aren’t permanent fillers used?
Some practitioners use permanent fillers, and whilst the initial effects can be just as impressive as using a non-permanent filler, the effect might look unnatural in the future as the face ages further. Permanent fillers also carry a greater risk of side-effects.
What is the cost of treatment?
Dermal filler treatment is charged according to the type and number of syringes used, as shown here.
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