Non Surgical-Face Lifts, Wrinkles and Volumising treatments using Dermal fillers
Dr Molina and Dr Strawford are specialist cosmetic doctors in dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers are commonly used to give amore youthful look to patients by softening and contouring.
Our cosmetic doctors are considered to both be expert in the use of dermal fillers to achieve natural and soft results and now predominantly use the advanced cannula technique that reduces the chance of bruising and which is virtually pain free.nes, folds and wrinkles as well as replacing lost volume in the face which is associated with ageing.
There are many different types of dermal fillers available in the UK – at Medikas we only use products, which demonstrate predictable, long term results and which have an outstanding safety record, such as Emervel® and Restylane® .
What is dermal filler?
Dermal fillers are classified as temporary or permanent. We only use temporary dermal fillers, which consist of non-animal stabilized Hyaluronic acid and have been shown to have an excellent safety record .Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that is found in the connective tissue of our skin and along with collagen forms the basis of a healthy skin. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are ideal for removing facial lines, adding volume and shaping the contours of the face, often avoiding the need for more invasive treatment such as face lift surgery.
Where can dermal fillers be used?Dermal fillers can be safely used anywhere on he body but the benefits are best seen on the face, neck, décolletage and backs of the hands. Depending on the indication the consistency of the filler will vary, with thicker gels being used for restoring volume and those with little volume used more superficially to correct fine lines and wrinkle and restore hydration and elasticity to the skin.
What will I look like immediately after the treatment?
There will be an immediate benefit seen following the treatment; however there may be slight redness and a little swelling that usually subsides over a few hours. Make up can be applied and most patients leave the clinic with no evidence that they have had treatment other than looking refreshed and rejuvenated, often immediately returning to work or meeting friends and family.
Are there any side effects?
Bruising is uncommon now most treatments are undertaken using a blunt cannula, and roughly two in every hundred patients get bruising that takes a few days to settle. Swelling is more common but usually settles within a few hours and can be reduced by the application of an ice pack after treatment. Avoiding excessive alcohol, garlic, Vitamin E, St Johns Wort, Aspirin and Ibuprofen for a few days before treatment can help reduce swelling and bruising. It has been shown that taking Arnica and Zinc supplements can also help.
Are they safe?
It is extremely rare to get more serious complications from temporary dermal fillers such as infection and allergic reactions unlike permanent fillers which carry a much greater risk , which is why most doctors now avoid permanent fillers.
Can the treatment go wrong?
Our cosmetic doctors are extremely skilled with injecting fillers and tend to inject only small amounts at one session to avoid the risk of over treatment. Usually the patient will return for further treatments until the desired result is achieved especially when first having treatment. In the hypothetical situation that the filler was incorrectly placed or in an area not desired by the patient, a natural enzyme can be injected that rapidly dissolves completely and safely within a few hours. Our doctors are always available for advice following treatment and contactable by telephone at all hours for your reassurance.
Is the treatment painful?
The addition of local anaesthetic (lidocaine) in the fillers we use has revolutionized the comfort of these treatments and most patients no longer need topical anaesthetic creams prior to treatment, however we understand the perception of pain is a very personal and thus offer local anaesthetic cream prior to treatment in those who are concerned . Following treatment there is usually no pain or need to take analgesia.
How long will the treatments last?
The duration of dermal fillers can vary depending on the product used and the site of placement. In most cases fillers used more superficially and around the mouth and lips usually last 6 to 12 months. With the products used deeper for valorization such as Emervel Volume® or Deep, the benefits can typically last between 12 and 18 months.
The filler gradually gets broken down by the body, however it is well recognized there may also be a bio-stimulatory effect in the skin to produce your own collagen which can prolong the duration of effect of the filler.
If I don’t have treatment ever again will I be worse of than before treatment?
This is a commonly asked question, and the simple answer is NO!
The benefits of treatment gradually wear off and if no further treatment is undertaken the skin ageing and volume loss will reverse to the point when treatment was started and the aging process will continue.
Avoiding excessive sun exposure and smoking is known to slow down the ageing process as is combining filler treatments with other treatments such a Botox®, skin hydration boosters (Restylane Vital), Mesotherapy , PRP,chemical peels, and regularly using anti-oxidant serums such as SkinCeuticals PhloretinCF® can enhance both skin quality and reduce the signs of ageing.
How much do dermal fillers cost ?
This depends of the indication for treatment and the fillers used, but can be as little as £350. At Medikas we offer a free, no obligation consultation for assessment and will be able to advise you if the cost of a treatment plan to achieve your desired goals. Interest free finance can be arranged to spread the cost of the treatment package if needed, subject to terms and conditions.