I use a variety of dermal fillers to ensure I give you the results you are looking for, by using minimal product to get a natural finish.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are a group of injectable gels that are designed to plump up the skin and re-add volume. There are many substances used as dermal fillers, the most common is based on hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in many body tissues including our joints and in our skin. Hyaluronic acid binds to water in the skin, locking in moisture (which hydrates the skin). As we get older the amount of hyaluronic acid in skin gradually diminishes, which in part is responsible for many of the appearances of skin ageing.
Hyaluronic acid has been used safely in medical applications for many years including eye surgery and in arthritic joints. I like to use Restylane, Juvederm, Bolotero and Radiesse dermal fillers. These are highly regarded, well researched and FDA-approved products.
How do they work?
By introducing a hyaluronic acid under the skin, volume that has been lost through ageing will re-appear, creating a smoother, youthful appearance. The hyaluronic acid will attract water to it, further bringing hydration to the area leading to fresh, revitalized skin.
Why should you choose The Skin Nurse for dermal filler treatments?
Who can prescribe and administer dermal fillers?
Currently (and unfortunately) dermal fillers do not have to be prescribed but this is likely to change in the near future for health and safety reasons. However, they should always be administered by a practitioner with appropriate training, knowledge and experience.
Who can have dermal filler injections?
Any adult who is clinically healthy and deemed fit to make an informed decision about the treatment and its associated risks can have dermal fillers. Through your consultation your health and understanding will be assessed before we can proceed.
Who can’t have dermal filler injections?
Anyone with a previous allergic reaction to a dermal filler or someone with an allergy to Lidocain (often added to dermal fillers for the comfort of clients). There are some acute (ie infections) and chronic health concerns people may have which I would consider to be contraindicated – your health and well-being are my priority. Pregnant or breast feeding-mothers are also contraindicated to treatment.
What’s involved in the treatment?
You will need a full consultation and if you are suitable for treatment we can proceed. You will be treated in a clinically safe and hygienic environment. You will be asked to sit/lie on a couch and made comfortable. Your skin will be prepared with cleansing and a numbing cream will be applied. When the area is ready the dermal filler will be administered. You will be given after-care advice and details of what to expect following treatment. Then you can return to your normal activities.
What should I do after treatment?
Following your treatment you can expect some local swelling and maybe bruising-a cold compress may help ease this, and Arnica cream may be recommended to encourage the bruise to come out. It is often asked that you avoid any vigorous exercise or sun exposure for 24-48hrs. Some medications may be better avoided to ensure optimum healing too. All this information will be given to you in more detail both verbally and in writing during your treatment.
What areas can be treated?
Dermal fillers can be used to smooth away facial lines and wrinkles, create fuller lips and shape facial contours, such as cheeks and chin, and revitalise the skin. The most commonly treated areas are: nose to mouth lines (the nasolabial folds), down-turned lips, between the eyebrows (the glabella lines), lips (adding volume and shape) and cheeks.
When will I see results?
You will see results instantly; however there may be slight swelling too due to the slight tissue trauma.
How long will the effects last?
Dermal fillers are long-lasting but not permanent, they usually last between 6-8 months but this can vary for different individuals.
Will I look unnatural after treatment?
My ethos as The Skin Nurse is ‘less is more’ I will only inject what’s needed to achieve a natural look. You don’t want to look different, just healthier.
Will it hurt?
Dermal fillers can be slightly uncomfortable depending on the depth of injection needed. However, during the preparation of your skin an anesthetic cream may be applied to the area to aid your comfort, plus most of the dermal fillers used have a local anesthetic mixed in to further minimise any discomfort.
How long will it take?
After your consultation the treatment can take up to 40 minutes, this includes time for the numbing cream to activate.
What are the side effects?
Short-term side effects can include redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising or tenderness at the injection site-these can be relieved with a cold compress. Paracetamol and Arnica cream may be advised if you have no allergies. Lips can be particularly sensitive and swelling may last for a few days. There is no evidence to date of any long-term safety concerns associated with the treatment, as the body naturally metabolises the product over time.
Are dermal fillers Safe?
There are many dermal fillers on the market. I only use trusted and reputable dermal fillers with high-safety profiles. These include Restylane, Juvederm and Merz products. These are the most scientifically documented hyarulonic acid based dermal fillers in the world with comprehensive studies that support their safety and efficacy. Restylane in particular has been used in more than 10 million treatments worldwide during the last 12 years. As mentioned above, dermal filler’s resemble the body’s own hyaluronic acid, which reduces the risk of an allergic reaction.
What are the risks?
If you have any history of cold sores, the likelihood of an outbreak is high. An anti-herpes treatment (ie Zovirax) will be advised to use for two days prior to your treatment, to hopefully stop an outbreak. There is always a risk of an allergic reaction, but this is extremely rare. There is also a risk of infection, this is why it is vital to be treated in a clinically safe environment where stringent sterile precautions can be taken, and it is absolutely necessary to follow the after-care instructions that will be given to you.
All after-care advice will be given to you verbally and in writing during your treatment, along with direct contact details should you have any follow-up questions.