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Dermal fillers have gained the reputation of plumping lips and cheeks of those seeking to enhance their natural beauty. However, they sometimes have the reputation of treating the young and glamorous as popularised by media personalities and reality television stars. Dermal fillers are so versatile buildable, meaning that if you are only seeking slight changes in your appearance then we can still deliver this. Without further ado, here is Emma J Aesthetics’ guide to dermal fillers!


What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are made of a gel-like substance that is injected into the skin’s soft tissue to produce added volume, contour, and structure to the target area. They contain hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin.


Are dermal fillers safe?

The ingredients of dermal fillers are very safe for use within the skin, making the treatment itself very simple. Because the gel-like substance closely resembles hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring skin protein, the skin accepts the filler after some minor side effects. They are extremely safe for use within the soft tissues of the cheeks, lower face, and lips.


Are dermal fillers permanent?

No, dermal fillers aren’t permanent. Those that are permanent aren’t commonly used in the UK due to the risks associated with their placement and removal. Dermal fillers are treated like any other natural bodily sugar and are broken down over time, being dissolved over a period of about 6 months. You won’t notice this process happening until you see your results beginning to return to normal, as the process occurs with no complaint or physical sensation from your body.


Can I add to my results?

Your desired results may require more than treatment to achieve to gradually build up to your treatment goals, but this is entirely normal. Because dermal fillers are temporary, non-surgical, and completely safe to use, we can add to and ‘top up’ your results whenever appropriate and necessary. This means that you could return for a second treatment a few weeks after your first to gradually build your treatment area into how you envisioned it.


Can lip fillers be undone or removed?

You may have heard horror stories of lip fillers gone wrong, whether they were the permanent kind or temporary, but don’t worry – lip fillers can be ‘undone’. Rather, lip fillers can be dissolved. If in the unlikely event of you not liking your results as much as you thought you would or complications arise, a second injectable treatment can be performed. This second treatment speeds up the skin’s dissolving of the filler, drastically reducing the treatment area almost back to normal over just one day. It may take a day or two to completely revert to normal depending on how quickly your body processes it, but it is a completely safe way of undoing your dermal fillers.


Are there side effects?

Yes, there are some side effects to dermal filler treatments. These include mild swelling, a little redness, and the possibility of mild bruising at the injection points. These should subside within 2-3 days of treatments and can be controlled using a cold compress. The risk of bruising can be minimised by avoiding alcohol for two days pre- and post-treatment.


Who can perform dermal filler treatments?

As it currently stands, anyone can perform dermal filler treatments thought it is absolutely not recommended you seek just anyone. You should always trust your treatments to a medical professional, such as a nurse or doctor, with the correct aesthetic qualifications. They understand the inner workings of your skin and facial anatomy far better than a non-medical practitioner and will be able to provide the best advice for aftercare. Plus, if any complications do unfortunately arise, they are better equipped to help you manage them.


When seeking dermal fillers in Inverness, trust Advanced Aesthetics Practitioner and Registered General nurse Emma J Lowe at Emma J Aesthetics. Book your consultation today on 01463 830149 or enquire online to find out more about our facial aesthetics services.

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