When we hit a certain stage of our life, our skin starts to show the visible signs of our age. These signs like smile lines and wrinkles make an appearance, and they only get more prominent with time.
Ageing is not a problem when you have a solution – dermal fillers. These fillers can replenish our skin’s lost hyaluronic acid (HA), giving it a natural, supple, and hydrated look that lasts. They correct fine lines as well as fill out the folds and wrinkles.
Though it is a relatively painless procedure, getting dermal fillers for the first time can be rather confusing. So here are some dos and don’ts to take note of when you get your dermal filler treatments.
Dermal fillers are great for anyone who is looking to get an instant, natural, and youthful appearance that lasts. Opt for Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers, which are made of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that is found in the body. It is completely biocompatible and biodegradable so no preliminary allergy test is required before the treatment process*. Always consult trained healthcare professionals for your dermal filler treatments.
This reduces the likelihood of swelling, itching, or bruising that may occur at injection sites. Supplements like ginseng, and Vitamin E as well as blood-thinning medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, and wine should be avoided ** at least one week before the dermal filler treatment.
There may be some slight discomfort while the filler is being injected. This mild pain can be reduced with the application of an anaesthetic cream around the treated area(s).
Dermal fillers can be used in different areas of the face, with varying effects – superficial injections which smoothen lines and wrinkles, mid-depth injections that minimize creases, and deep injections that create volume and add shape to the face.
As this is a minimally invasive treatment, the process is quick and simple. There is only a downtime of thirty minutes and you can subsequently continue with your day-to-day activities. Avoid strenuous exercises as perspiration and dirt can irritate the tender skin, causing infection.
Some mild side effects like tenderness and redness might appear. But these side effects will subside within the next few days and you can enjoy rejuvenated and radiant skin for the rest of the months, up to a year.
The ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight degrade the skin’s natural hyaluronic acid. These UV rays affect the HA fillers the same way. For the fillers to last as long as possible, always wear sunscreen and avoid going under the blazing hot sun. If you cannot avoid the sun, use an umbrella to block the damaging UV rays.
If you had cheek fillers done, it’s best to sleep flat on your back and face up for the first 48 hours after the treatment. This is to allow the fillers to completely take shape. After the time frame has passed, normal pressure can be applied to the face again.
*You are advised not to get a dermal filler treatment if you have allergies, suffering from neurological disorders, pregnant, or breastfeeding
**Do consult your treating doctor before stopping any of these medications