Dermal fillers are now among the most widely used cosmetic procedures, and their popularity is directly linked to the results that many women and men have achieved. While these sorts of cosmetic fillers may help you smooth skin, reduce the visibility of scars or enhance the plumpness of lips, it is vital to understand that as with any medical procedure, not all results are going to be the same. To ensure you have the best chance of getting the results that youâ€™re after, have a read of our top dermal filler dos and donâ€™ts.
Look for a qualified and highly experienced practitioner
Cosmetic fillers are injected into the skin using fine needles, and as with any medical procedure, itâ€™s vital that this is performed by a professional. Always check a therapistâ€™s qualifications and years of experience plus areas of speciality. As some clinics may rotate staff, be sure that the person you are dealing with is the one who will be performing the procedure.
A practitioner or clinic may sound great on the website, but the only way to really be sure is to check what experience others have had. Seek out reviews and local feedback to ensure you have a solid idea of who you are dealing with. Donâ€™t be shy in asking not just about a practitionerâ€™s qualifications, but also how many people they have treated.
Discuss potential results
For a clear expectation of potential results, itâ€™s essential that both you and your practitioner have a full discussion before the treatment. You should be very clear about what sort of results you are aiming for, and a good practitioner will be able to tell you which type of filler will be best, and what you are likely to achieve. Feel free to ask to see a selection of before and after photos so that you have a visual guide.
Be clear on whatâ€™s involved and any possible side effects
Do make sure that you have a full run-down of whatâ€™s involved, including potential side effects and what to do in the unlikely event that any problems occur (side effects are generally infrequent and easily treated). If you have any concerns, the best time to find out is before the procedure.
Donâ€™t choose based on price
Very cheap dermal fillers may not be the real deal. Counterfeit or poorly made fillers might not just be a waste of money if ineffective, they may also pose health risks. Always remember that quality does cost.
Donâ€™t expect miracles
Wrinkle fillers are intended to produce an effective but also natural result. They are designed to metabolise naturally in the body, so results are temporary (generally three to six months for lips and up to two years for other areas). A filler is not a face-lift. Be realistic about what to expect, so that you arenâ€™t disappointed. Having said that, do remember thereâ€™s a reason fillers are so popular today.
Donâ€™t jump in without careful consideration
Jumping in without shopping around may mean you donâ€™t get a quality dermal filler and/or a qualified and experienced practitioner. While results arenâ€™t for life, the best dermal fillers may leave your skin looking much smoother, plumper and more youthful. Like to know more? Weâ€™d be happy to provide you with more information and answer any questions you have. It just might be the first step you take to achieve the smooth skin youâ€™ve been looking for, and bring back your confidence.