As we get older our skin can lose volume, and fine lines begin to appear. This is because our production of collagen, elastic tissue and hyaluronic acid decreases. Unfortunately, gravity has its part to play in this, and our skin shows signs of ageing after exposure to years of sun, lifestyle factors and the ageing process. The fuller shape to our face is affected.
Areas suitable for treatment
Fillers can be used to volumise, shape, rejuvenate or smooth the skin on the face, hands, décolletage and anywhere else on the body. They shape and rejuvenate, giving you brilliant results. The most common areas are:
- Forehead lines
- Frown furrows
- Crow’s feet
- Nose to mouth grooves
- Lipstick lines
- Lip enhancement
- Cheek enhancement
We believe when it comes to creating the perfect look, less is most definitely more and we will use the right combination of fillers where appropriate, ensuring excellent results.
How treatment works
Using a tiny needle, we inject the filler into the skin or just below it depending on the area being treated. The filler plumps up the layers of skin immediately beneath the area and the result is an instant filling-out effect so that the skin is smoother, less wrinkled and more youthful.
Is it safe? Is it uncomfortable?
We only use fillers with a proven track record for safety. Treatment is not recommended in pregnant or breast-feeding women those with active skin infections such as cold sores.
The injections may sting and can be slightly painful but generally people only experience mild discomfort. Anaesthetic creams or injections are often used. Our usual practice is to combine the filler material with local anaesthetic so just the area that needs to be treated is numbed and discomfort is kept to an absolute minimum.
Are there any side effects?
Since the products are hypoallergenic gels, allergic reactions are extremely rare. Side effects are uncommon but can occur, and include bruising, tenderness, reddening, and occasionally itching. There is usually a little swelling immediately after treatment but in most cases it is very mild. If any of these do occur they usually settle within a few days. Bruising can sometimes be significant and last more than a week, it is best to avoid anti-inflammatories (aspirin, ibuprofen) for at least 7 days before treatment, unless these have been prescribed for a medical indication. Alcohol within the previous 24 hours can also increase the risk of bruising. Treatments are only carried out after a full medical history has been undertaken.
After your visit
The treatment will usually take about 30 minutes to perform and the results appear instantly. You can carry on with your normal life immediately after treatment. The product is broken down slowly by the body and so the results typically last between 6 months and a year, depending on the particular filler used with some fillers lasting considerably longer. After this time you can choose whether to have more treatment to maintain the effect.
You should avoid touching the treated area for 6 hours after injection, and avoid applying make-up for the same period. You should expect the area to be a little swollen after treatment but this usually settles within a day or two. Bruising may occur and sometimes takes a couple of days to develop and a week or so to resolve. We recommend ice packs if there is some swelling or inflammation post-treatment and painkillers if required.
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