Are Dermal Fillers Safe?

Dermal fillers are typically made from hyaluronic acid, a substance that is naturally
produced by the body, which keeps your skin plump, smooth and hydrated. Naturally, as we age the production of hyaluronic acid decreases, and therefore people search for a natural-looking method of preserving a youthful look.

Dermal filler treatments can rejuvenate the skin by fading fine lines, rehydrating deep layers
of the dermis, adding volume to the skin, and smoothing the skin. Dermal fillers can be used
in a multitude of areas on the face, including, but not limited to the; lips, cheeks, tear
, nose, jaw, chin and smile lines. Dermal fillers are safe for use in all areas of the face
and are EU and FDA-approved.

What are some concerns people may have?

One of the concerns individuals have around dermal fillers is the likelihood of an allergic
. Due to the notion that hyaluronic acid exists within the body naturally, the
likelihood of an allergic reaction is very small, as the body is unlikely to reject it.

If in the unlikely event of an adverse reaction to dermal fillers, the product can be dissolved
using hyaluronidase which breaks down the hyaluronic acid. This process typically dissolves
some dermal filler immediately and then continues to work for up to a week later.
Antihistamines can also be taken to reduce swelling.

What are the side effects?

Every individual may react differently to dermal filler injections, however, side effects are
often minimal and often resolve within a few hours. Side effects are commonly redness and
swelling at the injection site, and other side effects may include bruising, tenderness,
and minimal bleeding.

Often these can be managed with an ice pack, or over-the-counter
. Ibuprofen should be avoided for around 7 days post-treatment, due to the
increased risk of further bruising or bleeding, due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

It is advised to avoid alcohol for 24 hours prior to, or after treatment.

Does the technique matter?

A trained, experienced practitioner should be consulted for aesthetic procedures involving
dermal fillers. Medical professionals, such as doctors and nurses, have prior experience with
injectable treatments and are registered healthcare professionals.

When considering the use of dermal fillers, the aims of the treatment should always be considered prior to
injection. Without knowing the purpose of the treatment, the outcome is less likely to be

Experience and training are vital in ensuring safe, effective practice. Qualified medical
professionals trained in aesthetics will have an in-depth understanding of the
anatomy and physiology to ensure the injections are performed with precision.

Moreover, medical professionals have prior training in the angle and depth of needle placement, which is
vital to ensure a safe injection. This is due to the complex vascularity and nerve structure
within the face.

Dermal fillers typically last between 6 months and two years depending on the type of filler and
area augmented.

Why choose Refine Aesthetics and Medical Solutions?

I am a registered nurse and an independent nurse with over 25 years of clinical

I also work in a local general practice as an advanced nurse practitioner.

I have a level 7 diploma in injectable therapies from MATA, Harley Street London, led by
leading cosmetic doctors.

I utilise evidence-based dermal fillers, which are FDA approved.

I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, as well as a member of the ACE
aesthetic complications experts.

I am fully insured and offer free no obligation consultations in a private, discreet clinic.

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