Dermal fillers used at Quality Health Care Ltd are natural gels that are injected into the skin to volumise, lift and improve the appearance of lines. In the UK, there are over 160 brands available on the market and the vast majority consist of hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar chain molecule found in all skin and soft tissues throughout the body, identical across species. It attracts and binds water in the skin, providing volume and hydration, but also ‘cushioning’ and supporting collagen and elastin fibres and providing a medium, or carrier, for chemical messages between the cells.
Dermal fillers are manufactured, usually through fermentation and cross linking with proteins to produce a clear, sterile gel for injection into the skin. They should only be administered by trained clinicians.
Each brand has a range of ‘tissue tailored’ products indicated for different areas and depths of injection. One size does not fit all. We use products which are vegan.
How does it work?
Dermal fillers are injected directly into the skin to provide instant correction.
Does it hurt?
Many dermal fillers contain local anaesthetic to provide pain relief during the procedure although we do offer a topical anaesthetic cream or ice prior to treatment to numb the skin, if required.
The procedure may be uncomfortable but is not usually painful. Certain areas, such as the lips, are more sensitive.
- To correct or enhance facial contours including cheeks, temples, jawline, chin
- To define, correct or enhance lips
- To soften and correct facial wrinkles or folds such as nasolabial folds (laugh lines), marionette lines (mouth frown)
- To restore lost volume in hands to reduce the appearance of veins and tendon
- All make up will need to be removed prior to treatment, attend ‘fresh faced’ if possible. Contamination with makeup can cause infection.
- Taking the following within 72 hours of treatment may increase your risk of bruising – Alcohol, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, St. John’s Wort, Fish oils, Gingko Biloba, Vitamins C and E.
Most people are able to continue with normal activities. Some will have some redness, pin-prick marks, possibly minor swelling which should settle within an hour. Bruising may be more apparent the next day and can take up to 10 days to fade.
Most people are able to continue with normal activities. Some will have some redness, pin-prick marks, swelling (particularly following a lip treatment) which should settle within a few days. Cold packs may be advised to help alleviate swelling and arnica may be recommended to reduce bruising. You will be provided with aftercare advice.
Bruising and swelling may be more apparent the next day and can take up to 14 days to disappear. Tenderness should settle within 48 hours.
After treatment it is expected that you will see an improvement straight away although due to initial swelling, the product may feel hard or lumpy or asymmetrical immediately afterwards. The final results are best judged at a 2-week review appointment. Depending on the product used and the area treated, results may last from 4 months to in excess of a year.
- Make-up should not be worn for 12 hours’ and the skin should be kept clean, with normal cleansing. Do not use cleansing wipes which may irritate the skin.
- Avoid extremes of heat or cold, vigorous exercise and massage (unless specifically asked to do so) on the day of treatment.
- Avoid sun bathing and extremes of heat for 14 days as this has been shown to increase and prolong swelling.
Your doctor will provide aftercare advice designed to minimise risk and promote speedy recovery from any expected side effects.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Your medical practitioner will take a detailed medical history and an assessment of your needs and expectations to ensure this is an appropriate treatment for you.