There are so many options now to improve and enhance facial looks and this sometimes can be confusing, however there are many articles online that may assist in choosing a particular form of treatment to reduce the signs of ageing. Again, this varies from individual to individual and each client will want a different outcome, it may be fuller lips or reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, but their chosen lifestyle will also affect the way they look. Smoking, excessive alcohol, exposure to the sun all have consequences when the signs of ageing are concerned.
Prospective candidates seeking treatment for improving and enhancing their looks can of course go to a salon or clinic and ask for a consultation with a practitioner to assess their options and make a decision. Usually, a practitioner will arrange this even if a client has already determined what procedure they wish to have. They can then discuss and assess suitability and other options which may offer a better outcome.
Dermal Fillers might well be the treatment of choice for many seeking to enhance their looks and make them look and feel younger. It should be noted that Dermal Fillers are not to be confused with Botox that is a different type of treatment. Dermal Fillers are available comprised of different substances. Each having more of a specific use according to what a client requires. They are soft, similar to a gel and are injected under the skin of the treatment area. Dermal Fillers can be used to lift the cheekbones, giving greater volume to the lips, and smoothing out lip lines. They can address those deep circles that appear under the eyes and smooth out nasolabial folds, these are evident by the creases that form and run from the nose to the mouth. So, what are the options available to a prospective client seeking a facial treatment.
There are synthetic and those that naturally occur. If you are the type of individual that browses and purchases various facial creams or other cosmetic products you will often find that they contain Hyaluronic Acid (sometimes abbreviated to HA). This is perhaps the most popular type of filler being used in salons and clinics by practitioners today. It is by its nature a naturally occurring substance already found in the skin. It is Hyaluronic Acid that is responsible (along with other natural substances) for providing volume (thereby providing a better contour to the face) and keeping the skin hydrated. This Dermal Filler when injected does not produce an artificial look but a natural one which is one its key benefits, however it does have another distinct advantage! If a client is concerned about the “look” not being right or if in the event too much of HA is used this is easily rectified and corrected. Hyaluronic Acid can be dissolved and removed by applying Hyaluronidase which dissolves the HA. This is of course only if a procedure does not produce the right outcome. A qualified and practised practitioner will ensure that they have consulted with a client concerning their expectations and usually will draw an outline indicating what is expected and they will know what quantities of HA will be required at the injection site(s). Dermal Fillers can last for between 6 – 12 months, however this can be dependant on a clients’ lifestyle and their genetics, the filler is during this period gradually absorbed into the body. In some cases, the HA will also have Lidocaine added, this is a numbing agent that will alleviate any discomfort whilst having the treatment.
In addition to the Lidocaine contained in the Derma Filler a client will be provided with a topical numbing agent (ointment or cream) that will reduce any discomfort whilst the filler is being injected. In terms of side effects, as with all treatments there may be some minimal side effects that may include redness of the skin, swelling and the area of treatment being rather tender. A client may also experience reactions to the injection which may include itching and bruising at the injection site and some might have a degree of pain. These are usually mild (to moderate) but will disappear after a few days.
There are other Dermal Fillers available, and they have different qualities in the case of calcium hydroxylapatite is a compound that is found in human bones. It has been utilised in dentistry and plastic surgery (reconstruction) and has been proved to be successful and safe.
Poly-L-lactic acid will take longer to show results as its action is more gradual so a client will notice the results developing over a period of months. This is a synthetic filler, but it does promote collagen, this is naturally occurring in the body, but its production starts to decrease with age.
Polymethyl is a semi-permanent filler it is biodegradable but there is more of a risk of lumps developing or the filler being visible under the skin.
It is the practitioner who will provide information and guidance on what type of filler (or combination of fillers required when discussing what a clients’ expectations are. They should be fully qualified in that they need a full understanding of facial anatomy, injection techniques and types and what fillers are available with a thorough understanding of their specific uses (and their chemical contents), and how long each of the fillers will last, to be able to properly determine what to use, how much and what the outcome will be.
This is a non-invasive procedure (another key benefit) as surgery is not involved and when performed by a fully qualified practitioner a client can be assured that they will be content and happy as they will have their expected outcome. Always make sure that you find a recommended salon or clinic with fully qualified practitioners and that it is insured.
There has been a trend developing where people are buying products (Dermal Fillers) online. Be warned these are most likely “black market” products and will not be what they claim to be. In some instances, the “filler” has had hair gel included in its product. This carries risks such as infections, severe allergic reactions and can result in skin cells dying. Individuals using these and “self-injecting” also risk embolisms which can result in death. Untrained individuals using injections place themselves at unnecessary risk and potential death so should always use professionals when seeking this type of treatment not to self-administer.
With all treatments there is generally after care advice but the main criteria for this following Dermal Filler treatment(s) is that a client will be advised not to touch the areas injected, this may lead to an infection (your hands may carry bacteria which leads to infection). The treated area should not be massaged, you could move the filler or displace it. It is recommended that you lay on your back following the treatment as this ensures that you are not putting pressure on your face. A client should also avoid using make-up and drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours as this risks increased swelling and bruising. There may be other recommendations, such as extreme weather (exposure to the sun, cold weather conditions, tanning beds. However, a practitioner will advise accordingly.
I Hope this BLOG has been helpful and you have success in your search for your new more youthful look giving you greater confidence and happiness.