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Dermal Fillers

What are dermal fillers and how do they work?
Dermal fillers are used for facial aesthetic treatments and are injected into the skin. They are designed
to effectively reduce the appearance of unwanted wrinkles, contour and create volume, and to
revitalise the skin. Dermal fillers are based on Hyaluronic acid which is a substance that naturally exists
in your body.

Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that exists naturally in almost all living organisms. It binds water
and can act as a lubricant and shock absorber in movable parts of the body such as joints. It is also
important for the transport of nutrients and in regulating water balance in skin.

Dermal fillers work by boosting the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid, dermal fillers revitalise and add
volume to the skin, instantly diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and giving a natural
softer look. Dermal fillers are a soft injectable gel consisting of stabilized, non-animal hyaluronic acid.
The gel is tissue-friendly and closely resembles the hyaluronic acid that exists naturally in the body. It
is long-lasting but not permanent.

Dermal filler injections provide an easy way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, smooth the skin
and give a more youthful appearance. The result of a single treatment can be seen instantly and can
last for around 6 to 9 months. Dermal filler injections can give a natural looking result that does not
affect facial expression. As your face changes over time, dermal fillers allow you to control you looks
subtly as you age.

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 common areas treated are:

• Nose to mouth lines (the nasolabial folds)
• Marionette Lines (Mouth to chin)
• lips (adding volume and shape)

Pre-care Advice

One Week Prior to Lip Injections
• Avoid blood thinning over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, Motrin, ibuprofen, and
2 Days Prior to Injections
• Avoid topical products such as Tretinoin (Retin-A), Retinol, Retinoids, Glycolic Acid, or any
“anti-aging” products.
• Avoid waxing, bleaching, tweezing, or using hair removal cream on the area to be treated.
• Do start taking Arnica two days prior to the procedure. (This is not required, but it will help
to lessen bruising.)

24 Hours Prior to Injections

• Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior.
General Recommendations
• If you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, there is a risk that the needle
punctures could contribute to another eruption of cold sores. Please let your physician
assistant know if you are prone.
• Do not use dermal fillers if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, are allergic to any ingredients,
or suffer from neurological disorders. Please inform us if you have any questions about this
prior to your treatment

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