Health Facts

Understanding Dermal Fillers And Injectables


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Lines and wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process that occurs in all people once they hit a certain age. While there are a number of over-the-counter facial creams and body butters designed to help keep skin supple and moisturised as it ages, there comes a point for some, when such treatments are no longer as effective as they would like. That’s when people start to consider non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers and injectable substances such as Botox to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and make skin look smoother and younger. So here’s what you need to know in order to understand dermal fillers and injectables.

Dermal Fillers Procedure

Before you agree to the procedure, you will be asked to book a consultation with a specialist who will tell you in greater detail all about what will happen during the treatment and whether there is anything you need to do beforehand to prepare, as well as any side effects of the treatment.

During the procedure, you will be given a local anaesthetic covering the area(s) which are to be treated. Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, the person performing the treatment will begin to inject you with the dermal filler you have chosen. Tiny needles will be used to make ducts in your skin for the dermal filler to lay – the length of the procedure depends largely on how many injections you are having.

You should be able to see the effects of the dermal filler treatment immediately and the good thing is that there is no recovery time needed for this kind of procedure, leaving you free to resume your usual daily activities straightaway.

Side Effects of Dermal Fillers

As the side effects of dermal fillers are usually only mild and temporary, lasting anywhere from a few days to a week in length and without serious pains or health repercussions, dermal fillers are considered to be one of the safest anti-aging treatments available.

There are two main side effects associated with dermal fillers:

–          Bruising

Bruising occurs when the needle makes impact with the skin and pierces it, and is simply a sign of broken tissue being repaired and a healthy blood stream treating the wound. There is no long-term health damage attached to these bruises and they are usually a slight yellow in colour. You can help any bruising that occurs by adding a warm compress to the area.

–          Slight Allergic Reaction

A far less common side effect of dermal filler treatment is a slight allergic reaction that could occur as a reaction to the filler substance used or the needle itself. Despite this, you will notice a slight redness and swelling for a few days and the allergic reaction will settle in a few days with no permanent damage to the body or to your health.

Both side effects are mild and do not last long if they occur. If you are worried about the possibility of side effects occurring following dermal filler treatment, it is best to consult a nurse or the person administering the treatment so that they can answer any queries and allay any concerns you may have.


Botox is another treatment that is injected into a patient’s skin to fill any lines or wrinkles and make the skin look plumper and younger once more. However, studies have suggested that the drug can also be administered to help with migraines and Parkinson’s disease. In fact, Botulinum toxin is reported to be a useful way to treat more than 50 conditions.

Alternative Treatments

Of course, there will always be those who have a phobia of needles or just really don’t like the sound of such a procedure. For that reason, there are alternative treatments to dermal fillers available, such as topical creams that work by plumping and tightening the outer layer of skin to make it appear smoother and less wrinkled. Microdermabrasion can also be undertaken however the effects of this for treating wrinkles are only mild to moderate in comparison to the use of dermal fillers.

Can Wrinkles Be Cured?

There is an overwhelming amount of treatments available to help cure wrinkles, such as dermal fillers at the Harley Medical Group, Botox, collagen, and laser resurfacing.

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