One of the most popular aesthetic treatments, dermal filler can achieve effective results, adding structure and volume to key areas of the face. But what should you expect, and how should you prepare for your first dermal filler treatment?
How do dermal fillers work and what should you expect?
Dermal fillers are injections of hyaluronic acid directly into the skin tissue. This is a naturally occuring substance found throughout the human body where it bonds with water and brings hydration, nourishment and volume to the skin. This also helps to promote the production of natural collagen by nourishing cells. As a result, dermal fillers are used to add volume to specific facial areas which can help to add structure and reshape the face, or fill in imperfections and scar tissue.
During the procedure the injection itself will only take a few moments, with the whole process lasting up to 60 minutes depending on the size and area being treated. The injections may feel slightly uncomfortable, but not painful, and skin-numbing cream can be applied before any injections start.
What should you do to prepare for your first dermal filler treatment?
To prepare for your first dermal filler treatment you should consider:
- Preparing your skin – before treatment you should consider using moisturiser and avoiding anything that might damage your skin like overexfoliqting.
- Using suncream – keep your skin protected from sun burn and sun damage before your dermal filler treatment by using sun cream and not sitting in the sun for too long.
- Stay Hydrated – keeping well hydrated can help your skin to recover quickly and reduce any soft tissue damage or swelling.
What should you avoid before your first dermal filler treatment?
Before your first dermal filler treatment you will need to avoid some things including:
- Avoiding alcohol – for at least 24 hours before your treatment you should avoid drinking any alcohol at all.
- Taking blood thinners – blood Thinners will need to be avoided for at least a week before your treatment to reduce bruising and speed up recovery time. Blood thinners include aspirin, ibuprofen and vitamin E as well as certain food supplements such as fish oil, liquorice, garlic, ginger and green tea.
- Spending time in the sun – You should try to avoid prolonged sun exposure that could damage your skin before your treatment.
What to expect after dermal filler treatment
After your dermal filler treatment you may experience some swelling and bruising at the injection site but this should reduce over the next couple of days.
There are some steps to take to reduce recovery time and help healing, and these include:
- Using suncream and moisturising
- Applying a cold compress or ice pack to reduce redness, swelling and bruising
- Not drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours post-treatment.
- Avoiding sun and heat exposure.
- Avoiding exercise other than gentle walking.
Why should you choose The Skin and Wellbeing Clinic for your dermal filler treatment?
Here at the Skin and Wellbeing Clinic, we are Preston’s leading aesthetic experts and we offer a wide range of dermal filler treatments. Choosing a professional team like ours can bring a range of benefits, including:
- Natural looking results- with our expertise and training we know exactly how much filler to use in specific areas to achieve natural looking, stunning results, tailored to your individual requirements and the unique shape and structure of your face.
- Clean and safe environment- its essential that your dermal fillers are carried out in a clean and sterile environment to prevent the risk of infection, and when choosing a professional team like ours, you can be sure of this. You can also trust in our knowledge and expertise, that can reduce the risks associated with bad dermal filler treatment.
For more information or advice, get in touch with the team today, here at The Skin and Wellbeing Clinic.