The filler is injected with a very fine needle under the skin surface. An anaesthetic cream will be applied to the area for approximately 20 – 30 minutes prior to the treatment. Any discomfort is therefore minimal. Treatments then take about 20 – 30 minutes.
The results with dermal fillers are instant. Afterwards the treated area may be slightly red and/or slightly swollen, however you can resume normal activities, drive yourself home or return to work immediately after the treatment.
This depends on the product used and the structure of your skin. Other factors such as lifestyle, age and the degree of perfection demanded by the individual will also influence the life of the filler. Hyaluronic acid products typically last 6-12 months, Additional touch up treatments can be performed at any time after the initial treatment.
Dermal fillers have not been tested in pregnant or nursing women, and are therefore not advised. If you have a history of cold sores in the area to be treated, it is advisable that you take anti-herpes medicine (which we will prescribe) before and after the treatment to help reduce the likelihood of an outbreak of cold sores.
Although uncommon, possible adverse effects may include:
• Injection-related reactions
These reactions may include swelling, redness, discomfort, itching and bruising at the injection site immediately after the treatment. Such reactions are typically mild and resolve within a few hours.
• Allergic reaction
The risk of an allergic reaction is extremely rare and they are usually self-limiting. Allergic reactions can however be treated with oral or injectable corticosteroids or the product removed using an injectable enzyme (hyaluronidase).
As with all injections, this procedure carries a risk of infection. The syringe is sterile and standard precautions associated with injectable materials are always taken.
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