Frequently Asked Questions
HOW IT WORKS
Traditionally the treatment is carried out using a small needle, with the filler product being injected into the skin or just below it, depending on the area being treated. Although I do use this method, I also use a cannula to conduct the treatment in some cases. There are multiple benefits of using a cannula, including:
– Cannulas' are blunt, which mean that they are less likely to pierce through a vein or artery. This results in less swelling, bruising and intravascular injection of filler.
– The practitioner has more feel about what structures are being passed by the tip of the cannula.
– Cannulas' are longer, allowing for fewer injections and entry points through the skin.
– Can go in through the same entry point multiple times without hurting the patient.
I do not treat anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding and those with active skin infections such as cold sores. The injection may sting and can be slightly painful, but many people experience only mild discomfort. Anaesthetic creams or injections can be used, but most of the injectables I use already contain a numbing agent called Lidocaine.
The products used are hypoallergenic gels and so allergic reactions are extremely rare. Side effects are uncommon, but slight bruising, tenderness, redness, and itching can occasionally occur. There is usually a little swelling immediately after the treatment but in most cases it is very mild. Bruising can sometimes be more significant.
It is best to avoid anti-inflammatory (aspirin, ibuprofen) for at least 7 days before treatment, unless these have been prescribed for a medical condition. I would recommend not consuming alcohol within the 24 hours prior to the treatment, as this can also increase the risk of bruising. Treatments are only carried out after a full medical history has been undertaken. If any of these reactions do occur, they are usually known to settle within a week.
Avoid applying makeup to the treated area for 24 hours (this is especially important for the lips). If bruising occurs, apply ice to the treated area to help reduce this. If you have had cold sores in the past there is a risk that the needle punctures can cause another eruption (tablets or cream are available to help resolve this)
The swelling may remain for up to a week, the other symptoms usually settle more quickly.
After lip enhancing injections, the swelling can persist for a week or more. During this time the lips can look uneven and so it is important to understand that the result immediately after injection will not always be the final result. Hyaluronic filler treatments (Juvederm, Emervel, Restylane, Perfectha, Teosyal, Stylage, Belotero and Revolax) may last from 6 months up to 12 months, depending on the area treated, age, skin-type, lifestyle and muscle activity.
Fillers are broken down through the body’s natural processes and there are no permanent effects.