• Katie Chambers

Face fillers – everything you need to know before a treatment

They are the popular choice for getting plump, youthful and smooth skin. But are they safe? Here’s our guide to face fillers for beginners

Face fillers. If you are thinking about getting them, or have heard them mentioned and want to know more, then this is a comprehensive overview of the cosmetic procedure. They are

designed to help diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other visible signs of ageing.

What are face fillers?

Face fillers, otherwise known as dermal fillers, are small injections of gel, typically made up of hylauronic acid, that fill in wrinkles and add volume to soft tissue. You can have dermal fillers in different parts of your face: around the eye, cheeks, mouth and jawline, as well as lip fillers administered directly into the lip tissue. The services currently offered by Beauty and Trim are shown on our treatment pages.

How do they work?

Fillers basically restore lost volume to your face and plump areas, so that deep-set lines are smoothed. Why is this needed? As we get older our bodies stop producing collagen and elastin, both of which contribute to the youthful look.

Experts argue over when we start losing collagen, but the generally agreed age is 25. Your collagen and elastin levels then decline at a rate of about 2% per year. Your body will have stopped producing it altogether by your late twenties.

How long do face fillers last?

It depends how your body reacts and which hyaluronic acid is used, but most face fillers will last 4/6 months before needing a top up.

Do face fillers have side effects?

It is easy to confuse side effects to reactions, so it is extremely important to understand what side effects can be expected. Temporary side effects – those that are completely normal after facial injections – can include swelling, redness and tenderness. It is completely normal to experience a little bit of discomfort, redness and bruising after the procedure. Reactions generally occur immediately after the needle injection and can include; redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising and tenderness at the injection location.

These reactions are generally mild to moderate and usually disappear shortly after injection, usually resolved a few days after the injection into the skin.

Do face fillers hurt?

There may be a slight discomfort whilst the filler is being injected into the face. This can be minimised by applying an anaesthetic cream before treatment such as lidocaine. To provide further relief and alleviate as much pain as possible, our fillers contain a pre-mixed local anaesthetic.

Are there different types of face fillers?

As mentioned above, the most common type of facial filler is hyaluronic acid, the natural substance found in many areas of the body including eyeballs, joints and skin, that can hold 1000x its weight in water. Hyaluronic facial fillers help to maintain shape, even out depressions in the skin and provide hydration.

‘Poly-Caprolactone (PCl), or Ellanse, is another popular filler that acts as a collagen stimulator. At Beauty and Trim we offer the hyaluronic acid fillers due to their natural substance merits.

Is there a difference between Anti-Wrinkle and Dermal Filler?

Anti-Wrinkle injections stop the small muscles in your face from making the movements that cause wrinkles. Dermal fillers plump from below the wrinkles to smooth them out and promote the youthful look. Your trained practitioner will be able to discuss which option will be best for you to achieve the result you desire at the time of your consultation.

How much do dermal fillers cost?

So how much do dermal fillers set you back? Well, that depends entirely on how much you’re going to have done, which fillers you opt for and who you pay to administer them.

Every clinic differs, but the general starting price for facial fillers is from £150 per millimetre.

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