Dermal Filler Treatment
Here at Laura Leanne Aesthetics we believe in only using products with proven quality, reliability and a sound reputation. Laura has invested a substantial amount of time and effort into researching the vast amount of different brands available so that you can be confident in the fact that we will only use the most effective fillers for our patients.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are small injections of gel, typically made up of hyaluronic acid, that fill in wrinkles and add volume to soft tissue. They can also be used to contour areas of the face such as the cheeks or jawline.
As we age our bodies stop producing collagen and elastin, both of which contribute to a youthful appearance. We start losing collagen at the ripe old age of 25 and it continues downhill from there, declining at a rate of about 2% per year! And there's more good news, we stop producing it altogether in our late twenties!
How long do facial fillers last?
Most dermal fillers will last between six to 24 months, depending on where they are placed and your body's response to the hyaluronic acid. Lips are very mobile, therefore have the shortest duration.
Do dermal fillers have side effects?
Dermal filler treatments are classed as medical procedures, which by their nature come with potential risks. Temporary side effects can include; swelling, redness, itching, burning, bumpiness, bruising and tenderness, all of which are normal after filler treatments. These reactions are generally mild to moderate and usually resolve a few days after the treatment.
There is a small risk of nerve damage and vascular occlusion. This is why it is imperative to ensure your practitioner is medically trained with a sound knowledge of facial anatomy and complications management.
Are fillers painful?
There may be a slight discomfort whilst the filler is being injected into the face, but this is minimised by applying an anaesthetic cream before treatment. To provide further relief, we only use fillers that contain a pre-mixed local anaesthetic. Your comfort is important to us.
Are there different types of dermal fillers?
At Laura Leanne Aesthetics we use hyaluronic acid fillers, a natural substance found in our skin cells. It can hold 1000 times its weight in water and it is this water retention capacity that enables it to plump out and augment the skin. The result is a smoothness of deep lines, volume and/or definition to lips, and cheeks. An added bonus is that it also provides hydration and triggers the body’s natural response to produce collagen. It really is the wonder worker of aesthetics!
What's the difference between anti-wrinkle injections and dermal filler?
Anti-wrinkle Injections work best as a preventative treatment. They stop the small muscles in your face from making the movements that cause wrinkles. Whilst dermal fillers work on the static lines by plumping from below the wrinkle to smooth them out and promote a youthful appearance. Fillers can also be used to contour the face, for example giving higher cheekbones or defining the jawline/chin.
It is advisable to avoid alcohol consumption, over the counter blood-thinning medications i.e. aspirin, ibuprofen, excessive heat (saunas, steam room, hot bath), excessive cold temperatures, strenuous exercise, touching the area or applying makeup for the first 24 hours following treatment. Facials are to be avoided for two weeks after the administration of facial fillers.
Applying a cool pack (not ice) to the area for 10 minutes every hour on the day of treatment can help with associated pain and swelling. Arnica tablets or topical cream can help to reduce bruising.
It is not essential but drinking plenty of water following treatment can improve the effectiveness of the treatment due to the hydrophilic effect of the hyaluronic acid. And everyone wants the best results right?
Although you will see an immediate effect following treatment please be aware that it can take 2-4 weeks for the fillers to settle so don't judge your final results until then.
Here are some examples of Laura's work. The left side photo is before and immediately after lip filler. The middle and right photos are 2 weeks following cheek augmentation and smile line treatment. She looks like a bona-fide supermodel!