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Information on dermal fillers.

Dermal fillers are used to restore volume to subcutaneous facial tissue. The areas commonly treated are lips, cheeks and around the mouth (nasolabial and marionette lines).

most dermal fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid, a substance that is found in the human connective tissue (under the skin, in tendons and other areas). The different products used vary in their degree of cross linking which affects the firmness of longevity of the product.

Some dermal filler used also have a component that stimulates the body’s own natural colleges production.

The length of duration of different products varies from 6 to 24 months. The body has enzyme which eventually break down the injected filler.

Fillers may be injected by needles or by cannula, depending on the product and the site of injection.

POST TREATMENT CARE

Facial massages and extreme physical activity should be avoided for 1 week. If possible sleeping on your back for several nights in recommended.

SIDE EFFECTS/  RISKS / COMPLICATIONS

While generally being a very safe product, there can be side effectS some related to the skill of the injector.

common side effects include bruising and swelling at the site of the injection; some lumpiness (usually transient) may occur especially in the lip area. Gentle massage and I’ve usually leads to rapid resolution of any of these problems.

infection at the site of the injection is a possible risk with any procedure that breaches the skin.

Reaction to a component of the injected filler is extremely rare.

inadvertent damage to underlying structures (nerves / arteries) is a rare possibility.

 

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