Plump, bright and healthy-looking skin is not just the province of the youth! If you're worried about wrinkles, worry lines or a "tired" looking appearance that's starting to develop as you age, let the expert aesthetics team here at Transform be your guide to dermal fillers and discover all the benefits of these affordable aesthetics treatments.
Dermal fillers have been around for decades and are a popular anti-ageing solution that's widely available and affordable. They can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and are becoming just as popular with men as they are with women. Typically the consist of small injections of hyaluronic acid gel which are targeted at areas of concern. The gel can add volume to facial skin which helps reduce the visual impact of lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers are used around the mouth, eyes, jaw and cheeks.
If you are considering whether dermal fillers are right for you, it's important to think about why you want them beforehand, and if you are getting them for yourself and nobody else.
The way fillers work is to restore facial volume to areas where wrinkles and thinning are most common. Any of the deepest set wrinkles and frown lines and be smoothed out, creating a fresher, more youthful appearance. It's normal for the body to reduce and even halt the production of the elastin and collagen that are so essential for young-looking skin.
In general, the body's production of collagen and elastin starts to reduce from the age of 25, and you can expect this decline to be around 2% each year. Of course, some people experience even bigger reductions and this is the reason many individuals have concerns about premature ageing. This can be particularly worrying for people in their 20s who expect to retain a youthful appearance for some years. However, most people stop producing elastin and collagen altogether by the age of 30 and that's the reason dermal fillers have become so popular.
So, how do dermal fillers actually work?
Dermal fillers are the "go-to" solution for many people, from celebrities needing a quick fix-up, or to those of all genders wanting to inject some youth back into their facial features. They add lift and volume to facial appearance and can make an amazing difference to the perception of others. In addition, of course, individuals that have dermal filler treatments find their enhanced appearance gives added confidence.
These fillers are injected into appropriate facial areas in order to increase volume and fill any lines or wrinkles. Plump, fresh and youthful skin is the desired objective; and these fillers are a time-honoured solution.
Most dermal fillers in the UK contain hyaluronic acid in gel form, which is a naturally-occurring substance. This is not a permanent cosmetic treatment, and will generally last from 6 to 18 months. Even after dermal filler treatments, the rest of your facial skin continues to age normally.
Dermal filler treatments are generally safe, however, it's important to choose qualified and experienced practitioners. Opting for this sort of treatment from your local hair or beauty salon is not recommended.
There are a number of professional registers for people carrying out cosmetic treatments, such as dermal fillers and these are your guarantee that the person doing treatments of this nature has met all required training and skills standards. The most common professional registers are:
- BAAPS (The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons)
- JCCP (The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners)
- BACN (The British Association of Cosmetic Nurses)
If you're thinking about having dermal treatments don't be worried about asking your practitioner what qualifications they possess and the training they have received. Ultimately, you will be entrusting them to work on your face, which is one of your most important assets.
Once you've found a suitable provider in your locality, you should book a free consultation session prior to any procedure. This is normal practice across the industry, so if you find providers willing to offer dermal fillers immediately, you should probably beware!
At your consultation, don't hesitate to pose the following queries:
- What are your qualifications and level of experience?
- What product will you use, and how and where is it produced?
- What will happen during the treatment?
- Are there any risks with this dermal filler treatment?
- What are the potential side effects?
- What happens if anything goes wrong with the treatment and do you have insurance cover?
Once you are satisfied your potential aesthetics consultant is appropriate, book an appointment for your treatment. Some consultants use anaesthetic cream prior to injecting fillers, as this can reduce levels of pain by numbing the skin.
Your practitioner will then start giving small injections to all treatment areas. Although this may feel a little uncomfortable, the treatment should not be at all painful. Most sessions generally take from 20 to 30 minutes, although this will depend on how much of the facial area is treated. The injections are followed by a short facial massage.
After dermal filler treatments, the injected areas may appear a little red and swollen and could be sore but this should settle within a couple of days. Your practitioner should also advise you about things you can do at home to reduce any bruising or other side effects. Generally, this involves not applying any makeup straight after your treatment and cutting out coffee and alcohol for a couple of days. It's also inadvisable to spend time outdoors in hot sunny weather unless adequate sun protection is used.
Transform is one of the UK's leading provider of medical aesthetics and cosmetic surgery and operates a number of clinics and hospitals. Get in touch today to find out more about dermal fillers or any other aesthetics treatments you may be considering.