Dermal Fillers

The thought of having dermal fillers, for some patients, is accompanied by a fear of looking overinflated and the unknown, especially when it is the first time having dermal fillers.

Some of our patients stress, often with panic, that they fear looking misshapen or like a caricature of themselves; simply because of the images portrayed in the media, and on various celebrities in reality shows.

At “Alverez Aesthetics” I say a simple, “no!” to overfilling lips to a state, that can only be described as, bursting point, because:

  • I want you to look natural
  • I want to enhance your looks/features
  • I care about what you look like
  • I want you to feel good about yourself
  • Your face is my advertising/business card

Here at Alverez Aesthetics, I pride myself on my medical knowledge, my values, ethics, and caring about my customers. I am exceptionally well trained in this area and knowledgeable about the latest industry standards. I ensure that I am always up to date with all the current information to provide the best treatments I can.

So that I can reassure all my existing or potential patients, the Frequently Asked Questions section below provides more information, if you are considering Dermal Fillers. Please contact me for more information about treatments that are best for you.

What are Dermal Fillers?

Most dermal fillers in the UK are Hyaluronic Acid (HA) and are based in gel form.

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the body, it binds to water which then adds volume to the skin. Hyaluronic acid also lubricates joints and shapes the eyes.

As we age the natural production of hyaluronic acid reduces, along with the capacity to bind with water: which results in the skin gradually losing its moisture and volume we need for youthful skin.

The time between skin regeneration lengthens as we age and becomes less efficient at keeping the skin plump and hydrated. This is when products and treatments give nature a little helping hand in restoring the volume and moisture your skin needs; to ensure you feel and look as you want.

With further reduction in levels of hyaluronic acid in the body and its ability to store water, the skin becomes thinner and drier. You will notice that wrinkles become deeper and more prominent; and with volume and moisture reduction, skin loses its elasticity and sags.

How are Dermal Fillers used?

Hyaluronic Acid comes in a gel form and isinjected via a fine needle under the dermal layer of the skin to restore lost volume back to your face, plumping and smoothing lines and wrinkles, or to give your lips a natural fuller or defined form, without altering your natural appearance.

Needles? Does having Dermal Fillers hurt?

The short answer is, yes. There can be some tenderness, though how much depends upon your sensitivity to pain and where the dermal fillers are placed.  I will use my skills to reduce any potential pain as much as possible.

Does the pain of having Dermal Fillers hurt for long?

No. Again, this is dependent on your pain sensitivity. Our patients are often surprised at how little, having dermal fillers, hurts. As with many procedures of this nature, this is often due to stories in the media and other more sensitive people. I advise my patients to take paracetamol or use ice pack to help reduce any tenderness following treatments.

Can I have an anaesthetic?

Yes. I do have some numbing cream I can use. I am also trained to administer local anaesthetic for lips fillers to give you a practically pain free experience. Some dermal fillers contain Lidocaine, which is a numbing agent. When using these products, the areas injected will start to feel numb as the treatment is being carried out.

Are there different types of fillers?

Yes. The different types are explained in more detail in my blog post ‘Different types of filler and what they are used for’.

The thinnest types of dermal fillers are usually used as skin boosters or injectable moisturizers, rather than actual fillers, as they do not provide enough volume.

These dermal fillers work on adding moisture to the skin for it to appear naturally more radiant and smoother, over time.

Are fillers permanent?

No, fillers are not permanent.

The Dermal fillers, I use at Alverez Aesthetics, are designed to break down naturally by your own body or can be dissolved. Therefore, they are not permanent.

At Alverez Aesthetics, I do not use any dermal filler that claims to be permanent.

How long do Dermal Fillers last?

There are different ranges of Dermal Fillers at Alverez Aesthetics, with varying times and these are:

Juvéderm’s Ultra range

This range of fillers lasts between 6 and 12 months.

Kysense range

This range of fillers last approximately 12 months.

Juvéderm’s Vycross range

On the other end of the scale, there is Juvéderm Volux; a filler that contours areas of the face, such as the jawline and chin.

This filler takes longer for the body to break down, and you can expect your results to last up to 24 months.

I do hope that this has helped you a little more toward making more of an informed decision about dermal fillers.

It is natural to be nervous and important to be conscientious in your research about any aesthetic treatment you are considering. Please see below contact details and various ways to learn more about what I can offer you at Alvarez Aesthetics.

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Different types of filler and what they are used for

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