In recent years dermal fillers have become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available, mainly due to its speed and ease. Injectable facial fillers are used to smoothen out fine lines or to replace volume. With the latest generation of dermal fillers using a naturally occurring Polysaccharide (Sugar) called Hyaluronic Acid which add volume and hydration, there are even more reasons to explore the possibilities. We met up with London-based Dr. Barbara Kubicka, founder, director and doctor at CLINICBE, a new clinic situated in the heart of Knightsbridge to find out more about dermal fillers and how it’s possible to achieve a youthful look without going under the knife.
Where can fillers be used on the body and what is it for?
Dermal fillers can be used anywhere on the body where increased volume is needed. As we get older our skin loses high levels of Hyaluronic Acid which is the main substance for our skins fullness, so injectable fillers are used to target those areas and re-add the volume. In addition, it can also be used to smoothen out fine lines and to help achieve a younger looking complexion.
How long does the treatment take and will it hurt?
The treatment takes about 30 minutes. Numbing cream is applied to make the treatment less painful but it depends on the patient. Most modern fillers now contain a local anaesthetic making the injections comfortable even in delicate areas such as your lips, so there’s usually no need for concern.
How often should you have it done and how long does it last?
Importantly, being a natural bio-degradable substance the dermal filler is not permanent, so treatment will need to be topped up to maintain the desired look. Remember the more regular you have the treatment the longer it lasts. Here is a rough guideline to how long it can last if looked after well: facial volume between 9 to 12 months, lines, wrinkles and folds 6-9 months and lips 4-6 months.
What about aftercare?
Once you have had your treatment, swelling can occur as well as redness and bruising but painkillers can be taken if you’re feeling uncomfortable. To prevent lumpiness or asymmetry you must massage the area once a day for a week. This will smoothen out the product, giving it a natural look and less noticeable to the eye. Avoid touching the area for 6 hours and makeup can be applied an hour later. No vigorous exercise for at least 12 hours and stay away from the sunbeds, heavy exfoliation treatments such as peels, facials and microdermabrasions for the next 5-7 days. You must also stay away from extreme heat until the swelling had gone down.
Can it be reversed if the client isn’t happy with the results?
Dermal fillers can be reversed if the client isn’t happy with the outcome or no longer requires its effects. It can be removed with hyaluronidase which naturally melts down the hyaluronic acid fillers and you will see instant results.
What types of Dermal fillers are available and which is most popular?
There are a number of Dermal fillers available in the market, with popular names being: Juverderm, Restylane, Teosyal and Emervel. Juverderm has to be the most popular one used.