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Your Ultimate Guide To Face Fillers


Whether you’re considering dermal filler injections or already enjoy facial fillers regularly, this beauty blog shares tips and advice from our award-winning aesthetics practitioner, Amish Patel, and is your ultimate guide to face fillers.

What is the Difference Between Anti Wrinkle Injections and Facial Fillers? 

Anti-wrinkle injections and fillers may both be used to address signs of ageing, but they produce different results. Anti-wrinkle injections, typically made with botulinum toxin, target dynamic wrinkles caused by facial expressions like frowning or smiling. By limiting the movement of muscles in specific areas, these injections can soften or reduce the appearance of these wrinkles. They help soften frown lines and refresh the face. However, they do not affect wrinkles caused by natural sagging or loss of plumpness in the lower face or hollowness around the eyes.

On the other hand, dermal fillers aim to restore lost collagen in targeted areas of the face. These fillers create a plumper and fuller look by filling in fine lines, wrinkles, and hollow areas. They can add volume to sunken cheeks, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines to enhance lips and smooth out deeper facial creases. Facial fillers are often made with hyaluronic acid or collagen-like substances that help rejuvenate and firm up ageing skin.

In summary, while anti-wrinkle injections limit muscle movement to address facial wrinkles caused by facial expressions, injectable fillers replenish lost collagen to restore volume and enhance facial features. Both treatments serve different purposes and can be combined for a comprehensive facial treatment.

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

Dermal Fillers are a popular cosmetic treatment that works by replenishing lost volume in the face to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Unlike anti-wrinkle injections that target the facial muscles, The dermal fillers we use focus on restoring volume through the injection of small amounts of Hyaluronic Acid solution. Our skin gradually loses elasticity and volume as we age, resulting in sagging and wrinkles. Dermal Fillers help counteract this process by plumping up the areas that have lost volume, allowing for a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.

In addition to filling in wrinkles, smile lines and fine lines, Dermal Fillers can add extra volume to specific areas of the face, such as the tear troughs, lips or cheeks, creating a more defined and enhanced look. This treatment is known for its subtlety, allowing patients to achieve their desired results without appearing overdone or unnatural. It is no wonder why many celebrities opt for Dermal Fillers to accentuate certain features and achieve a more balanced look.

Overall, Dermal Fillers offer a non-surgical solution for improving facial ageing signs. By replenishing lost volume with a Hyaluronic Acid gel-like substance, this treatment can effectively reduce wrinkles and fine lines and even improve acne scars while providing natural-looking results.

Do Filler Injections Hurt?

Getting injections can be a source of anxiety for many people, but it is essential to remember that everyone’s experience with pain is different. We also apply a topical anaesthetic cream to help numb the area to be injected, and the filler we use also contains pain relief.

To make the experience as comfortable as possible, healthcare professionals typically use extremely fine needles for injections. These fine needles aim to provide a more comfortable experience; in some cases, patients may not even notice the injections.

Clients who choose to have lip fillers find lip augmentation a more sensitive area than other facial contours, such as when volumising hollow cheeks, but it varies from client to client.

What To Expect From Your Appointment Before Undergoing A Dermal Filler Treatment

It is essential to have a thorough discussion with your practitioner about the desired results you are after and the specific areas you would like to have treated. This will ensure that you and your practitioner are on the same page and that proper expectations are set for the treatment.

The duration of a dermal filler treatment can vary depending on the area or number of areas being treated.

On average, treatments can take between 20 minutes to over an hour. For instance, if you opt for a full-face session, it may take up to 90 minutes, while a single chin filler session could be completed in as little as 20 minutes. This time frame allows your practitioner to pay attention to detail and ensure optimal results.

When you arrive at your appointment, your practitioner should warmly welcome you into the clinic and provide a clear overview of the treatment you will undergo. They will also be available to address any questions or concerns you may have before proceeding. Once ready to begin, you will be comfortably reclined on a treatment chair, bed or table where your practitioner will administer the injections. While this process is relatively pain-free for most individuals, local anaesthesia cream can be provided if needed to enhance comfort during the procedure.

Are Fillers Safe?

Overall, having fillers is very safe, BUT you must choose a qualified medical practitioner with experience working out of a hygienic environment like Intrigue Cosmetic Clinic.

Our clients travel to our Longfield Clinic from all over Kent, including Dartford, Gravesend, Meopham and the Medway Towns. When considering a treatment with Dermal Fillers, it is important to know the potential side effects. Like any injectable treatment, some minor side effects can be expected, such as bruising and swelling. However, the good news is that these common side effects are temporary and generally only affect the area that has been treated.

Following a Dermal Filler treatment, you may experience some redness, swelling, pain, bruising, or itching around the treated area. These side effects are quite common and typically subside within a few days after the treatment. In most cases, side effects clear up entirely within 7 to 14 days.

While there is no downtime required for this treatment, it is advisable to schedule your appointment away from any important events or engagements. This will allow sufficient time for the side effects to diminish and allow you to enjoy and appreciate your treatment’s visible results fully. It’s always best to have patience during this recovery period and give your body time to adjust and heal properly. Remember that these temporary side effects are just a minor inconvenience in comparison to the long-lasting benefits of Dermal Fillers. While minor side effects can occur with Dermal Fillers, they are typically self-limiting and localised to the treated area.

Are All Fillers The Same?

You also need to consider the type of filler used. There are hundreds of filler brands with different consistencies for other face areas. For example, Restylane Silk is used around the eyes, and Restylane Refyne is a chin filler. At the same time, fillers like Juvéderm Voluma are for moderate and severe wrinkles and folds. You must choose a reputable practitioner who understands the difference between these, as injecting the incorrect filler in the wrong area can distort your facial anatomy and result in a dermal filler procedure, which results in anything but a natural appearance.

At Intrigue Cosmetic Clinic, we use only those with an excellent safety record and hyaluronic acid dermal filler products, as this is similar to a substance that occurs naturally in the body and is less likely to cause an allergic reaction. There are many different filler types, such as PMMA fillers, caHA fillers, collagen fillers, poly-L-lactic acid fillers, and calcium hydroxylapatite fillers. Still, these can cause dermal filler complications, so we only use hyaluronic fillers.

Are Dermal Fillers Permanent?

One of the biggest misconceptions about modern dermal fillers is that they are permanent. This statement is not valid. Over time, the effects of hyaluronic fillers (safe, non-permanent fillers) will naturally reduce, requiring follow-up appointments to maintain your desired look. However, if you decide that you no longer want the fillers, they can be dissolved using a solution called Hyalase.

Hyalase is a safe and effective solution to break down Hyaluronic acid, the main component of many dermal fillers. It can reverse the effects of fillers without causing any damage or side effects to your face or skin. If you are unhappy with the results or want to return to how you looked before the treatment, it is possible.

However, it is essential to note that if you choose to dissolve your fillers, it should only be done by an experienced medical practitioner from a reputable clinic. Ensure that they have the necessary expertise to perform this procedure safely. By choosing a qualified professional, you can have peace of mind knowing that your fillers can be safely removed if desired.

Are Fillers Vegetarian or Vegan?

Considering whether face fillers are vegetarian or vegan depends on the type of filler being used. The most common type of filler, hyaluronic acid, can be vegan. Some hyaluronic acid fillers are made from plant extracts such as wheat or soy, making them suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Additionally, there are synthetic hyaluronic acid fillers that are artificially synthesised without the use of animal products.

However, it is essential to note that not all fillers are vegan. Collagen fillers, for example, are derived from animal collagen and, therefore, are not suitable for those following a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. Other types of fillers may also contain ingredients derived from animals. It is crucial to check the brand your practitioner is using to determine the source of their fillers and whether they fit within your dietary preferences.

In conclusion, while some dermal fillers, like certain variations of hyaluronic acid or synthetically generated ones, may be considered vegan-friendly, not all fillers can be classified the same. It is always recommended to enquire about the specific brand and ingredients used by your practitioner to ensure that you make an informed decision aligned with your dietary choices.

Dermal Fillers Treat The Face And More… 

Dermal fillers are not just limited to enhancing and rejuvenating the face but can also address concerns related to ageing hands. As we age, the skin on our hands tends to lose volume and elasticity, making veins, knuckles, and bones more prominent. This can give away our age and make our hands appear older than they actually are.

Fortunately, dermal fillers offer a solution for this common aesthetic concern. We can carefully place fillers in the back of the hands to add substance to the skin and hide visible veins, knuckles, and bones. By filling the loose and ageing skin on the hands, dermal fillers can effectively restore a more youthful appearance to this often-neglected part of our body.

Many people feel self-conscious about their ageing hands, especially when they do not match their rejuvenated facial appearance. Using dermal fillers on the hands can create a harmonious balance between the age-defying results achieved on the face and the showing of visibly aged hands. Through skilful placement and expertise in using dermal fillers for hand rejuvenation, individuals no longer have to be concerned about their thinning skin revealing signs of ageing.

Who Can Have Dermal Fillers? 

As mentioned, skin ageing can start as early as our mid-twenties, making dermal fillers suitable for a wide range of individuals. Those who notice the first signs of ageing, such as fine lines and wrinkles on their forehead or around the eyes, can benefit from injectable wrinkle fillers. These fillers help restore volume and plumpness in these areas, giving the face a more youthful appearance.

Additionally, individuals who have experienced significant sun exposure or have been heavy smokers may also find dermal fillers to be beneficial. These lifestyle factors can accelerate the ageing process, cause the skin to lose elasticity, and become prone to severe lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers can help replenish lost collagen, improve the skin’s overall texture and appearance, and soften facial lines.

It’s worth noting that while younger patients may choose dermal fillers as a preventive measure to combat ageing, older individuals can also benefit significantly from these treatments. Our bodies naturally produce less collagen as we age, leading to cheek depressions, deep folds, prominent lines around the nose, lipstick lines, sagging skin, deeper wrinkles, and severe lines. Dermal fillers can help stimulate collagen production and provide a more youthful look for those more mature clients.

Overall, dermal fillers are suitable for anyone looking to address signs of ageing, such as wrinkles and loss of volume or for those who want to soften laugh lines and forehead lines and improve facial volume.

How Often Will I Need To Get My Fillers Topped Up?

Regular touch-ups are essential for maintaining the desired results of dermal fillers. Over time, the body’s natural metabolism will break down and absorb the filler, causing it to dissipate slowly. Regular touch-ups are necessary to replenish the filler to keep the desired volume and contour. The frequency of these touch-ups will vary depending on several factors, including the type of dermal filler used and an individual’s body metabolism. Your aesthetic practitioner can advise you on aftercare to help maintain and keep your fillers looking good for as long as possible.

HA-based dermal fillers, which are among the most commonly used fillers, typically require touch-ups every 6 to 12 months. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies that provides hydration and elasticity to our skin. However, our natural HA production decreases as we age, leading to volume loss and wrinkles. We can restore volume and a more youthful appearance by injecting HA-based fillers into targeted areas, such as lips or cheeks. The body gradually breaks down and metabolises the injected HA over time; therefore, regular touch-ups are necessary to maintain the desired results.

In conclusion, regular touch-ups play a crucial role in sustaining the results of dermal fillers. They allow individuals to maintain their desired beauty enhancements by replenishing the dissipated filler.

How Do I Choose A Reputable Practitioner?

We know choosing an aesthetics clinic can be challenging, but don’t just go to a clinic for your aesthetics treatments just because they are very local to you – they might not be the best! We have clients that travel as far as Scotland and Dubai for their aesthetic treatments with us because they know they will get the results they want and trust us.

Go for a consultation and ask to see examples of their work. Just because they are qualified doesn’t mean they are artists and skilled at creating beautiful symmetry and balance in a face – the aesthetics industry is full of injectors, but finding a facial aesthetics artist is what you need to look for.

You should feel comfortable and never under pressure to proceed with the treatment – I am always honest with clients and will only ever undertake treatment if I think it will benefit the client and suit their face.

Our clinic is Save Face registered and rated ‘excellence’; we have numerous awards and hundreds of glowing reviews, and I am a respected aesthetics trainer.

Choosing a practitioner with a good reputation and medical training is essential, but choosing someone you feel at ease with and are happy to put your face in their safe and capable hands is equally important.

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