Have you been noticing your wrinkles and thinking about getting rid of them? Have you seen many other people go and get their fillers which makes them look young again? Although this may look easy and safe to you, there are certain things related to side effects of dermal fillers you must know before getting dermal filler treatment.

Things to Know Before Trying Dermal Fillers

  • Dermal Fillers are injectable implants that help you smooth out the wrinkles and lines on your face. They are implanted using a needle or cannula
  • This procedure has been approved by FDA (USA) and Medsafe (NZ)
  • There are four types of fillers: Hyaluronic acid, Calcium hydroxylapatite, Poly-L-lactic acid, and Polymethylmethacrylate beads. A most popular one is the hyaluronic acid filler, Restylane and Teoxane as brand examples. These fillers help retain the moisture in the skin and gives your face a soft and supple look
  • There are different brands of fillers that can fill out the cheeks, rebuild cheekbones, correct asymmetry, smooth out wrinkles, and plump up the lips
  • Pregnant women or those who recently delivered a baby should avoid getting any dermal fillers. Do not get a dermal filler if you have any dental treatment in the process
  • Cost of Dermal Fillers in New Zealand can range $400 to $750 per syringe depending on type
  • They can stay for up to 6 -12 months and need touch-ups 10-12 monthly

Why do people get dermal fillers?

Dermal Fillers are an optimal treatment to look better. Most people who start showing the signs of aging, opt to keep their skin fresh and young through dermal fillers which gives them a natural look

People also get dermal fillers for the following reasons:

  • To get lip augmentation or correct asymmetry
  • To smooth out lines and wrinkles
  • Restore facial volume
  • For Skin rejuvenation
  • To enhance cheekbones
  • To get an attractive jawline

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What are the possible side effects of Dermal fillers?

Even though Dermal Filler treatment is a minimally invasive procedure, it can still have some side effects –

The more common side effects include swelling, redness, pain and bruising. These side effects can last for up two weeks and will go away on their own. Other side effects include irritation, discoloration, infection, allergic reaction, or uneven product in the skin

Under rare cases, patients also experienced bumps (granulomas- over healing skin) underneath their skin, that can be treated by medicines, injections, or surgery

In extremely rare cases, the injected filler can go into an artery that can cause it to block. In this situation it compromises blood flow to tissue which can cause cells to die through lack of oxygen.  This can affect skin as a sore/ulcer, or more seriously block blood flow to the retina causing blindness. If your skin discolours- a dusky blue or the appearance of a bruise in a spreading mesh pattern on your skin, or you experience extreme pain, this must be notified to your cosmetic injector and assessed urgently

What precautions to take before getting fillers?

Always be careful when booking any medical procedure. Follow the following steps to prevent the side effects or any other medical complication to take place:

  • Discuss your concerns, preferences and desired aesthetic look with your cosmetic injector
  • Be transparent about your health, medications, medical history and previous cosmetic history as this will affect results and potential side effects
  • Don’t be afraid to ask about their training and experience
  • Only see a registered medical professional for these procedures
  • Never buy any dermal products online, they can cause infection, granulomas and in worst cases tissue death, stroke or blindness

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What should you ask your Cosmetic Injector during the consultation?

As discussed above do not hesitate to tell your cosmetic concerns to your Cosmetic injector

  • Check their experience
  • Ask about any alternative procedures that might be options for your concerns
  • Make sure the clinic uses approved fillers only and has emergency treatment available for any potential artery blockage

Visit Accent on Skin, Skin Care Clinic in Wellington, for a professional consultation with an experienced cosmetic injector. Then you can achieve a natural and rejuvenated look!  


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