Dermal Filler Info

What filler products does Q aesthetics use?

We use a range of Hyaluronic acid derived fillers and implants such as the Juvederm® range and Radiesse that contain local anesthetic for a more pleasant experience. All are International companies with an excellent track record on the safety of their products. These are non animal derived products which are cross linked for longevity. These products are hypoallergenic so do not need pretesting. They come in a variery of strengths and the strength used is dependant on where you require fillers. The most common areas for fillers to be used are in the nasolabial folds [ the area beside the nose ] the top lip for smokers lines, the sides of the mouth and the lips.

So how does the treatment work?

The idea is to inject some of the material under the skin to lift it up so filling out the lines and softening them. Over a period of hours to days the filler sucks in water to add to the effect.

Are there any possible side effects?

When fillers are administered by a trained doctor or nurse, complications are infrequent and usually minor in nature. Still, individuals vary greatly in their anatomy, their physical reactions and their healing abilities. The outcome of treatment with fillers is never completely predictable. Each treatment carries its own side effects. The most common among these are uneven texture of the skin, swelling and scarring. The risk of these side effects is minimal.

Will there be any downtime?

For facial treatment there is little or no downtime. You may immediately return to your daily routine. For lip filler there is some swelling which can take a few days to settle and you may wish to take a day or two off.

What are the benefits of Fillers over other treatments?

These treatments have little or no downtime as opposed to skin resurfacing. Also, following treatment there is little discomfort. Results can be seen in a short time period and after only one session. Since the products are natural compounds there is little risk of allergic reactions.

What can be expected post-treatment?

On some occasions, there is redness or swelling. This temporary discomfort may last a couple of days. There can be some bruising to especially in the lips which will settle in a week or so. Lip treatments may require some cold compress’s or pain killers such as paracetamol for a day or two.

How soon will results appear?

Your results appear as soon as any swelling diminishes.

How long does a treatment take?

Treatments generally take about thirty to forty five minutes.

Who should avoid treatment?

Do not consider Fillers if you have an infection at the site where they will be injected. Some conditions may increase the chance of infection, so a doctor should be advised before pursuing treatment if you have a serious medical condition, are breast feeding or plan to become pregnant.

How long do the results last?

All results vary from patient to patient. Results can last for six to twelve months but everyone is different for differing reasons.

What are the alternative treatments?

Other injectables include Fascian®, Dermalogen®, Hylaform®, Autologen® and Artecoll®. There are an assortment of other treatments including collagen creams, fruit acids, chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing and phototherapy.

What are the limitations of Fillers?

The limitation of Fillers is that they fade with time and are not a permanent answer to wrinkles. Some see this as an advantage so they can try alternative fillers.

Is additional treatment necessary?

Additional treatment is not required for immediate results, but additional treatment may be required to balance up the face once the swelling settles and additional treatment is required for maintenance. Results will begin to fade, and your facial features will gradually return to their former state.

Instructions for before treatment:

Tell your cosmetic practitioner about any allergies you have, any serious medical conditions and all medications you are taking, both prescription and non-prescription. Carefully follow any instructions given to you regarding eating, drinking, smoking and vitamins. To reduce bruising, avoid anticoagulants, aspirin and other blood thinners for a week before treatment.

Instructions for after treatment:

Avoid vigorous activity directly after treatment, and continue to avoid blood thinners until bruising diminishes. Avoid aggressive facial massages. Q aesthetics can supply a topical cream to diminish any bruising more rapidly, just ask this to be included in your treatment plan.