What You Should Know About Dermal Fillers
When it comes to cosmetic procedures, one of the most popular forms of treatment is the injection of dermal fillers. Dermal filler is used to enhance certain physical features such as one’s nose, cheeks and chin. Additionally, it can be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and skin creases.
Dermal filler is made up of a gel-like substance and is usually injected just under the patient’s skin. With a few specific exceptions, this procedure is generally safe and doesn’t put the patient at risk of a major health issue.
In this blog, we’re going to take a deeper look at dermal fillers to help you figure out whether or not they are for you. We’ll discuss what dermal filler is made of, the procedure itself, and the results that you should expect. We’ll also go through some of the legalities surrounding this procedure in Australia.
What is Dermal Filler?
Dermal fillers are made up of hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxyapatite and poly-l-lactic acid. Both the hyaluronic acid and the calcium hydroxyapatite can be found in the body while the poly-l-lactic acid is a synthetic biodegradable material.
This material can be injected underneath the skin in order to enhance a patient’s cosmetic features.
- Minimising appearance of facial wrinkles and skin folds
- Adding volume to the lips, cheeks, chin or jawline
- Reducing the appearance of acne scars
Usually, the goal of these procedures is to restore the strong facial structure of the patient and give them a more youthful appearance.
Most dermal fillers are temporary as the material will eventually be absorbed by the body. Depending on the product, the filler might last for as little as four months or as long as 18 months. This means that if you want to maintain the results, you will likely need to repeat the procedure.
In Australia, this composition is considered a ‘medical device’ and, according to the TGA, can only be used under supervision of a qualified medical professional within a clinic.
Things to Know About Dermal Fillers
- The procedure
Injecting dermal filler is a non-invasive procedure that typically lasts around 25 to 40 minutes. Unlike major surgical procedures, dermal filler doesn’t require patients to go through an extensive recovery period. You can usually go about your usual business as soon as you leave the clinic.
Additionally, it’s important to let your clinic know about any relevant health conditions that you might have. The procedure might not be safe for you if you have a certain pre-existing blood or skin condition.
In Australia, only dermal filler products approved by the TGA can be used for the procedure. As mentioned before, these products must also be injected by an authorized prescriber like a qualified cosmetic surgeon, a registered nurse or a doctor.
It’s important to know if the clinic you have chosen adheres to these policies and regulations.
In order to get the best possible results, the TGA recommends asking the following questions during your initial consultation with your chosen clinic:
- Who will be performing the procedure?
- How much experience does the person have in handling such procedures?
- What product will be used?
- What level of aftercare will be provided?
Through these questions, you should be able to determine whether or not a clinic is reliable.
Though injecting dermal filler is a safe procedure overall, there are still some considerable risks to keep in mind. In most cases, these risks come about due to the use of substandard products or due to the inexperience of the prescriber.
As such, it is absolutely vital that you ask the questions listed above and determine if your chosen clinic is legitimate.
The risks include:
- Permanent scarring
- Injuries to facial features
- Long-term pain
If you have any concerns about these risks, please consult a medical professional before going through with the procedure.
In most instances, however, the patient won’t experience any major issues besides temporary swelling or itching.
Hopefully, this has given you a better understanding of dermal fillers. Keep in mind that nothing in this blog is to be considered medical advice. Always consult a medical professional if you have any questions or concerns.
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