What are Dermal Fillers? Advanced Edition

Written By Dr Amy Chahal

Dermal fillers are injectable substances that are used to add volume and fullness to the skin. They are often used to treat wrinkles, fine lines, and hollow areas in the face. Dermal fillers are made from a variety of different materials, including hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and poly-L-lactic acid. They are injected into the skin using a fine needle, and the procedure is usually done in a doctor's office. Dermal fillers can be used to add volume to the lips, cheeks, and under the eyes, as an example - and they can also be used to improve the appearance of scars and other skin imperfections. The effects of dermal fillers are typically temporary and can last for several months to a year, depending on the specific product used and the individual's skin.

Dermal fillers are generally safe when they are administered by a trained and experienced healthcare provider. However, as with any medical procedure, there are some risks and complications that can occur. Some of the potential risks and complications associated with dermal fillers include:

  • Bruising and swelling at the injection site
  • Pain or discomfort during the procedure
  • Allergic reactions to the filler material
  • Lumps or bumps under the skin
  • Infection at the injection site
  • Asymmetry or unevenness in the treated area
  • Skin necrosis (death of skin tissue) in rare cases
  • Blindness, although this is extremely rare

It’s important to discuss these risks and any other concerns you may have with your healthcare provider before undergoing treatment with dermal fillers.

Dermal fillers should only be injected by trained and experienced healthcare providers. It’s important to choose a provider who has the knowledge, skills, and expertise to safely administer dermal fillers, as well as a good understanding of facial anatomy and how to achieve the desired aesthetic results.

Before receiving treatment with dermal fillers, you should always consult with a healthcare provider to determine if the procedure is right for you. It’s important to disclose any medical conditions you have and any medications you are taking, as these may affect your suitability for treatment with dermal fillers.

There are a few key factors that can help you achieve a good result with dermal fillers:

1. Choose a qualified and experienced provider: It’s important to choose a healthcare provider who is trained and experienced in administering dermal fillers. Look for a provider who has a good understanding of facial anatomy and can create a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and goals.

2. Communicate your expectations: Before your treatment, be sure to discuss your desired results and any concerns you may have with your provider. It’s important to have realistic expectations and to understand that dermal fillers can only do so much to improve your appearance.

3. Follow aftercare instructions: After your treatment, it’s important to follow your provider’s aftercare instructions to ensure the best possible result. This may include avoiding certain activities or exposures, using cold compresses, or applying ointment to the injection site.

4. Maintenance treatments: Dermal fillers typically last for several months to a year, but the exact duration can vary depending on the specific product used and your individual skin. To maintain your results, you may need to have periodic touch-up treatments.

By following these guidelines and working with a qualified and experienced provider, you can help ensure that you get the best possible results from your treatment with dermal fillers.

Aftercare following treatment with dermal fillers is generally minimal, but it is important to follow your provider’s specific instructions. Here are some general guidelines for aftercare following treatment with dermal fillers:

1. Avoid strenuous exercise or activities that could cause sweating for the first 24 hours.

2. Avoid exposing the treated area to extreme heat or cold for the first 24 hours.

3. Avoid touching, massaging, or applying makeup to the treated area for the first few hours after treatment.

4. Avoid alcohol and blood thinning medications (such as aspirin) for the first 24 hours.

5. Avoid exposure to the sun or UV light for at least 24 hours after treatment.

6. If you experience any discomfort, you can apply ice to the treated area for a few minutes at a time.

It is important to follow your provider’s specific instructions, as they may have additional recommendations based on the specific type of filler used and the area treated. If you have any questions or concerns about your aftercare, be sure to contact your provider.

If you are interested in discussing if dermal fillers can help you achieve the refreshed look you are after, book in your consultation today!