Dermal fillers are injectable substances that are typically made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps retain moisture and add plumpness to the skin. They provide temporary results and are biocompatible, meaning they are well-tolerated by the body. Dermal fillers are primarily used to add volume, smooth wrinkles and enhance facial features.
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How does the procedure work?
The procedure involves injecting the filler into specific areas of the face using a fine needle or cannula. When injected into the skin, they can address a variety of concerns, including adding volume to areas such as the cheeks and lips, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, filling in deep creases, and improving the overall contour of the face.
What can be expected during the procedure?
Before the treatment, a topical or local anaesthetic may be applied to minimise any discomfort. The procedure is typically quick and can be performed in a clinic. In certain cases, local anaesthetic cream and nerve blocks may be required. The product is injected via a few different entry points depending on the area being treated, using either a needle or cannula.
What can be expected after the procedure?
Swelling at the injection site is common and generally subsides within two to three days. Bruising can occur after the injection, but usually resolves within a few days. In certain cases, it can take up to two weeks for the swelling and bruising to completely subside and the final result to be revealed.
The results of dermal fillers are visible immediately after the treatment. The treated areas will appear plumper, smoother, and more youthful. However, it is important to note that the results are temporary, lasting anywhere from several months to over a year, depending on the type of filler used and individual factors.
Risks and Side Effects
Dermal filler treatments are generally considered safe, but they do carry some risks and potential side effects. These may include temporary swelling, bruising, redness, itching, or tenderness at the injection site. This is usually a local irritation, not an allergic reaction and resolves spontaneously. In rare cases, more serious complications like infection or allergic reactions can occur. It is crucial to have the procedure performed by a trained and experienced medical professional to minimise risks.
If you are considering dermal fillers, it is advisable to schedule a consultation with Dr Donald Ng who can assess your specific concerns, discuss the treatment options and provide guidance on potential risks and expected outcomes.
Before and After Photos
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