The Comprehensive Guide to Dermal Fillers: Types, Uses, Results, Durability, and Side Effects

Posted by Dr Theva in Anti-Aging, Injectables.

Dermal fillers have revolutionised the field of cosmetic medicine, offering a non-invasive way to enhance facial features and combat the signs of aging. 

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve deeper into various types of dermal fillers, their intended uses, expected results, how long you can expect them to last, and potential side effects. 

By understanding these key factors and how to minimise risks, you can make an informed decision when considering dermal filler treatments.


Types of Dermal Fillers

a) Hyaluronic Acid Fillers:

  • Common Uses: Hyaluronic acid fillers are renowned for their versatility. They are commonly used for lip augmentation, cheek enhancement, and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Expected Results: Hyaluronic acid fillers provide natural-looking results, closely mimicking the body’s hyaluronic acid.
  • Duration: The duration of results typically ranges from 6 to 18 months.

b) Calcium Hydroxylapatite Fillers:

  • Common Uses: Calcium hydroxylapatite fillers are best suited for addressing deeper wrinkles and loss of facial volume.
  • Expected Results: Immediate results are noticeable, with a subtle lift in the treated area.
  • Duration: The effects of these fillers typically last from 12 to 18 months or more.

c) Poly-L-lactic Acid Fillers:

  • Common Uses: Poly-L-lactic acid fillers are ideal for addressing sagging skin, particularly mid-face and jawline.
  • Expected Results: The results are not immediate. The stimulation of collagen production leads to gradual, natural-looking improvements over time.
  • Duration: The effects can be long-lasting, often lasting up to two years or more.

d) Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA) Fillers:

  • Common Uses: PMMA fillers are primarily used for deep wrinkles and correcting acne scars.
  • Expected Results: These fillers provide immediate and substantial improvements in the appearance of deep wrinkles and scars.
  • Duration: PMMA fillers are considered semi-permanent, with results potentially lasting several years.
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What to Expect

When opting for dermal filler treatments, you should expect subtle yet noticeable improvements in the treated area. These improvements are tailored to the type of filler used, and you should consult with a medical professional to understand what is realistic for your specific treatment.

Duration of Results

The longevity of dermal filler results varies by filler type and individual factors, making it crucial to choose the right option based on your unique needs and goals. 

While no dermal filler offers permanent results, their different durations can cater to short-term and long-term needs. Consulting with an experienced cosmetic injector will help you make the best choice for your desired results and the timeframe in which you wish to maintain them.

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After Care for Cosmetic Injectables

1) Avoid touching or rubbing: 

Refrain from touching the treated area unnecessarily, as this can potentially spread the product or cause irritation. Gently applying ice packs (wrapped in a cloth) can help reduce swelling immediately after the procedure.

2) Follow post-procedure guidelines:

Your cosmetic injector will likely provide specific post-treatment instructions. Follow these guidelines diligently, including any restrictions on activities, skincare products, or makeup application.

3) Stay hydrated: 

Drinking plenty of water can help maintain skin hydration and assist in the healing process. Aim for at least 8 glasses of water per day.

4) Avoid strenuous exercise: 

Refrain from intense workouts or activities that cause excessive sweating for the first 24-48 hours post-treatment to prevent product migration.

5) Limit sun exposure: 

Protect your skin from direct sunlight and UV rays by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, using SPF (sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher), and avoiding prolonged sun exposure for at least a week after the procedure.

5) Use gentle skincare products: 

Opt for mild, non-irritating skincare products without harsh chemicals or active ingredients that might interfere with the injectables. Consult your injector for recommendations.

6) Avoid alcohol and blood-thinning medications: 

For a few days post-treatment, avoid alcohol and medications or supplements that thin the blood, as these can potentially increase bruising or swelling. 

***Please note: Always seek guidance from your treating physician if you have been prescribed certain blood thinning medications for the management of a medical condition.**

7) Watch for complications: 

While rare, if you experience severe pain, excessive swelling, or any concerning symptoms in the treated area, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

8) Plan ahead for touch-ups: 

If you’re considering getting cosmetic injectables before a special occasion, schedule the treatment well in advance to allow time for any touch-ups or adjustments if needed.

Remember, everyone’s body reacts differently to cosmetic injectables, so it’s essential to follow the personalised advice of your provider. Taking care of yourself, post-treatment will maintain the results and ensure a smoother recovery process.

Dermal filler aftercare

Potential Side Effects of Dermal Fillers and How to Avoid Them

While dermal fillers are generally safe, there can be side effects, including:

  • Bruising: This is a common side effect, but it can be minimised by avoiding blood-thinning medications, alcohol, and strenuous exercise before treatment.
  • Swelling: Mild swelling is normal and typically subsides within a few days. Applying ice and avoiding excessive salt can help reduce swelling.
  • Redness: Some redness at the injection site is normal but usually fades within a day or two.
  • Infection: To avoid infection, it’s essential to choose a qualified and hygienic clinic and follow post-treatment care instructions meticulously.
  • Allergic Reactions: While uncommon, allergic reactions can occur with Dermal Fillers. Discuss your allergies and medical history with your provider to minimise this risk.
  • Lumps or Bumps: Proper injection technique and massage post-treatment can help prevent uneven results.

In your journey of cosmetic injectables, understanding the different types of dermal fillers, their uses, expected results, and potential side effects is crucial. 

These choices are not arbitrary but based on each filler type’s unique characteristics, making them suitable for specific treatments. 

Prioritising safety and choosing a trusted and experienced cosmetic injector for any cosmetic procedures will ensure you achieve the desired results with reduced risk. 

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Are Dermal Fillers Right For You?

To find out if Dermal Fillers are right for you and your aesthetic goals, book a no-obligation consultation today.

During your no-obligation comprehensive consultation, I get to know you and discuss your desired outcomes, ultimate experience, and concerns about getting it right the first time. We discuss timelines, expectations, best treatments, and payment plans.

Most importantly, I will explain why they are the best options and review the results you can expect to allow you to feel comfortable and confident you are making the right decision.

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