A dermal filler is a cosmetic procedure that involves smoothing the skin by, as the name suggests, filling out the creases and wrinkles of your body. It is administered as an injection, or series of injections, and is popular for its effectivity in restoring a youthful appearance. There are other scenarios in which the treatment may be used too, such as improving the contours of your face or supporting fuller lips.
As with many cosmetic treatments, most dermal fillers are not permanent. Over time they will require another administration to maintain your desired look. The longevity depends on the type of filler as well as the amount applied. Some variations of filler that you might encounter are collagen, hyaluronic acid, or polymethylmethacrylate beads (PMMA). Collagen would require reapplication every four months while hyaluronic acid lasts up to six months. It is also possible to find some fillers that may last one to two years. While PMMA is a permanent treatment that does not require continued administration, it is currently less common.
The procedure itself is simple and relatively painless. It involves a few, incredibly fine, needles, applied to the desired area by a practitioner. Due to the sensitivity of the face, you may experience slight discomfort. At the beginning of your treatment, you may be offered an anaesthetic. While this is not necessary, it is useful in deterring any concern you may have about potential pain. The appointment will typically take less than an hour, with the procedure itself lasting around half an hour.
Immediately following the treatment, for a brief period of time, you may experience a small amount of redness or swelling in the treated area. In some cases redness may last a few hours, so do not be concerned if you still see signs during the first day. As with many cosmetic treatments, you will be asked to refrain from alcohol or direct contact with the sun so as not to compromise the effectiveness of the treatment.
While there are risks with any cosmetic treatment, this should not, ultimately, settle your decision. Promising that you seek an experienced, reputable professional and that the filler is administered in the correct way, dermal fillers have few risks. PMMA is seldom recommended by professionals, despite its longevity, due to some of the potential side effects. In cases where side effects manifest, you may experience bruising, swelling, or a rash. If these symptoms occur, you should return to the practitioner or, if that is not possible, your local GP. This also applies to treatments that you are simply unhappy with even despite no health issue. If you have any concerns or feel the effects have not been what you expected, then speak to the practitioner.
The treatment is readily available to almost everyone. However, you will be declined if you are pregnant or, in some cases, suffer an allergy. However, outside of this, men and women alike are continuing to enjoy the benefits of dermal fillers.