Dermal Filler Misconceptions
There are many misconceptions around dermal fillers and some of the terms which are used to describe them. This can lead to confusion concerning their suitability, so here is a look at some of the more common questions which are asked about dermal fillers.
How long do dermal fillers last?
The short answer is that there is a noticeable reduction in their effects in 4 months, with reapplication desirable every six months. But there is a variation; based on the brand of filler and the options to break down lip fillers sooner using injectable enzymes.
Dermal fillers W1 have been shown to last 4 months if they are not disturbed immediately after the injections are administered.
Will fillers radically change my appearance?
Having lip fillers is an immediate procedure in that it takes only a few minutes to perform and has an immediate effect. This does not mean it has to have a radical or unnatural appearance. The plump and lift methods which have become popular in recent years focus on a subtle and youthful appearance.
Is the filler a hazardous acid which causes swelling?
This is a real persistent misunderstanding, which comes from half-truths and sci-fi movies. Yes, the primary ingredient in almost all brands of fillers is hyaluronic acid, which is an acid with a ph lower than 7. But so has DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) but to disclose and worry about the corrosive nature of DNA would be nonsense. If you had a dehydrated sample of hyaluronic acid it could be hazardous, but is always used as a hydrated gel, with a very strong assertion to water molecules which have a shielding effect. The result is a very clear gel which is about as corrosive as water.
Hyaluronic acid is a common component of the tissue matrix which reduces in relative concentration with age. When found in its hydrated form in tissues, it is not corrosive and is considered biologically inert (unlikely to cause inflammation or an immune response of any kind).
Dermal fillers are always safe to perform
The procedure is very safe, but there are contraindications.
There will always be a small risk and avoid it if you have an active cold sore, as it could be spread across the face via the needle. The infection itself can also be aggravated.
A larger consideration is what plans you may have later in the day; there is no drug-effect from dermal fillers so you can drive home afterwards. But pressure and rubbing the site of the injection is not recommended, therefore facial massages or dental work should not be performed on the same day.
Removing unwanted fillers
If you have had a filler misapplied, a simple removal can be done by injecting enzymes into the affected site. These break down the hyaluronic acid allowing it to be reabsorbed into the body.
In the UK, fillers can be performed by anyone without medical training or experience. This has led to some beauty salons and hairdressers offering the treatment, using products that are found online. Please be aware of this when looking for a long term and reputable provider.