Dermal Fillers

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are gels made from Hyaluronic acid (HA), that are injected into the skin. HA is a naturally occurring substance within the body, that attracts water and provides hydration. As we age the levels of HA diminish, along with, loss of subcutaneous fat and bone resorption resulting in changes of shape and contour of our face. HA fillers can be used to restore volume loss, rejuvenate, and enhance facial features naturally!   

 

Where can it be used?

  • Cheeks

  • Jawline

  • Lips and peri oral region

  • Marionette lines

  • Tear troughs

  • Nasiolabial fold

 

What is involved in the Treatment?

After a discussion of your concerns and a full skin and facial assessment performed by your Coastal Goddess practitioner, a treatment plan will be tailored to meet your needs. Pre-treatment photos will be taken, and consent obtained.

Dermal filler treatment can be uncomfortable. There are several options for pain management during treatment, including local anaesthetic, topical numbing cream, ice, or Entonox gas.

The treatment takes about 30 mins. HA is injected through a small needle or cannula, depending on your practitioner preference and the area being treated. The results are evident immediately, however there will be swelling for at least 48 hours.  You may notice some lumpiness of the filler, initially. This can be gently massaged and will resolve as the filler is absorbed into surrounding tissue. A 3 week follow up is suggested to allow the filler to settle and to re-assess results.

Dermal filler treatment can last between 6 and18 months, depending on the area treated and individual variation.

After care

  • Apply cool compress for 10 mins, 3 times on the day of treatment

  • Avoid putting any pressure on the treated area for 24-48 hours 

  • Take paracetamol for pain. Do not take ibuprofen for the first 48 hours as this can increase bruising

  • No make up for 24 hrs

  • No strenuous exercise for 24 hours

  • No laser or peel treatments to the area for 2 weeks

Potential Risks and Contra-indications

With any medical procedure there are always risks and contra-indications. These will be discussed with your doctor prior to treatment.  Expected side effects include:

  • Bruising or redness at injection site

  • Swelling

  • Mild pain

  • Lumpiness of the filler

Rare complications can occur and include:

  • Allergic reaction

  • Infection

  • Granuloma formation

  • Re-activation of a viral infection such as HSV (cold sore)

  • Vascular occlusion – most serious, but very rare complication. Can lead to ischeamia and blindness if not treated immediately

 

HA fillers are not recommended for:

  • pregnant & breastfeeding women

  • patients with an active infection, including cold sores 

  • patients who have had a previous allergic reaction to any HA filler product, or who are allergic to any ingredients in HA fillers.

  • patients who are allergic to local anaesthetics

  • patients who are on anticoagulant medication

  • patients with autoimmune conditions 

 

 If you are concerned at any point in your journey, don’t hesitate to contact your Coastal Goddess practitioner.

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