Today we have teamed up with an expert doctor from the cosmetic dermatology field, here are some common questions relating to the popular dermal filler treatment:
Q. What’s a dermal filler?
A. A dermal filler is comprised of a soft gel that is injected into the face. The gel is made out of hyaluronic acid that is very similar to the acid the body produces naturally. These treatments are quite durable, but are not a permanent solution for your issues.
Typically, dermal fillers are recommended to patients who are trying to reduce their skin’s natural folds and wrinkles that occur over time, plus add volume to the skin.
Q. How does a dermal filler fix your face?
A. The hyaluronic acid injections add volume to the patient’s face. This effect is essentially instantaneous. It improves the skin’s long term prognosis by allowing for increased hydration. Upon completion of the injections, skin usually looks like much younger.
Q. How will a dermal filler benefit me?
A. Dermal fillers are an easy, non-invasive way for patients with wrinkles to remove their appearance. The face will immediately appear to be more youthful. Most importantly, the results of dermal fillers remain visible for up to nine months, which keeps a patient from having to make excessive visits to the doctor’s office.
Q. Is dermal filler treatment a safe procedure?
A. While no medical procedure is completely foolproof, dermal fillers and the acid associated with their use have rarely caused problems for patients. It behooves a dermal filler recipient to do their research and make sure that the doctor applying the injections is properly qualified.
Q. How much preparation is involved?
A. Each prospective dermal filler recipient visits their chosen physician for a consultation prior to the procedure. At this time, it is explained to the doctor what look you are going for and whether they can help you to achieve it. If it’s decided that these treatments can help, a thorough medical examination is performed, in addition to the providing of your medical history.
Q. How long does the treatment take?
A. Dermal filler treatments are among the most rapid. At most, your injections will take up to 30 minutes, at which point you are able to see immediate results. There is also no need to clear your schedule, as you can participate in normal activities immediately after the injections.
Q. Will I need anesthetic?
A. Each patient has a different pain threshold. However, most patients report only feeling a slight level of discomfort and do not require pain relief. If the injections are being applied into the lips and other sensitive areas, anesthetic may be required.
Q. What are the risks?
A. Risks are minimal, as procedural issues are quite rare. While there are natural side effects such as itchiness, swelling or bruising, these are all normal and are not a cause for alarm. Patients who are seeking enhancement for their lips should be advised that there is a period of significant swelling.