The use of fillers has become very popular and more people are having these treatments. But before you consider having any fillers in Birmingham here are some things you should know.
Not all fillers are the same
There are a huge number of fillers available but they are not all the same. It is important you know what filler is being used on your face. The most commonly used fillers are hyaluronic acid fillers, which are temporary fillers. You should only ever consider having temporary fillers. There have been some permanent fillers available but these have often had problems and serious side effects.
Fillers do have risks
The use of temporary fillers is often considered to be safe but they do have serious potential risks that you must be told about. Some fillers can cause granulomas, which are lumps because you have had a foreign material injected into your face. These tend to happen more frequently with specific types of fillers. There are reports of serious risks following filler injections such as blindness or skin necrosis, which is when the blood supply to the skin is compromised and the skin dies.
Fillers are not just for lips
Fillers are commonly used for the nasolabial folds (nose to mouth lines) and lips. But fillers can be used for many areas of the face such as the cheeks, chin, around the eyes and even the nose. These different areas will need different types of filler since fillers come in different thicknesses of gel. For instance, the cheeks need a thicker filler to provide volume whilst around the eyes you need thin fillers. Fillers can also be used to rejuvenate the hands by replacing volume into the back of the hands.
Dermal fillers are classed as medical devices
This means that fillers are not considered to be a prescribed medication despite it being injected into the body. This also means that people who are not medically trained or qualified may use them. It is important that you ensure your practitioner has appropriate qualifications and experience in the use of fillers. Plastic surgeons should be on the General Medical Council (GMC) Specialist Register in Plastic Surgery. They will also be a member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons or British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons.
How long fillers last will vary
How long a temporary filler lasts will vary depending on the product used and also person in whom it is injected. Thicker products will generally last longer than thinner ones. Some patients may breakdown the hyaluronic acid more rapidly than others. The additional benefit of using hyaluronic acid fillers is that they may be dissolved rapidly using an injection of hyalase. This is useful should you not like the result or if problems arise. This is only possible with hyaluronic acid fillers so make sure you know what type of filler is being used.
If you would like to find out more about fillers in Birmingham please call us on 0800 7723501 to book an appointment to meet one of our plastic surgeons. Our team at Skin and Follicle are fully qualified and registered plastic surgeons with experience in the use of dermal fillers.