All treatments are indicated for all skin types unless otherwise specified.
Fillers are probably the largest cause of some people over the age of 35 looking fabulous and at the same time, some looking horrendous.
Fillers are a tool. When used correctly the results are amazing and 100% natural.
However, why do people look strange?
The people treated correctly with fillers will not be visibly "changed" by the treatment as the natural ratios of the face have been respected by the treating doctor – they will just look great. Weird and unnatural faces occur when:
- Too much is used (this takes serious effort)
- The wrong filler is used
- Cheap, substandard products are used
- The techniques used are poor
- The doctor is rushed and not systematic in their approach
How do I avoid the above?
- Choose a doctor with as much experience as possible. Be direct and ask the doctor or his/her staff directly:
- How many years' experience does the doctor have?
- Does the doctor do this every day or is it a side-line/hobby? (Medical aesthetics has become too specialised to be a side-line)
- Does the doctor have any training or additional qualifications in Medical Aesthetics?
- Is the doctor part of a recognised Faculty or Forum that assists with ongoing training both locally and internationally?
- Is the doctor cheaper than everyone else? Did you find the doctor on a discounted/sale website? Remember, you get what you pay for.
- What products does the doctor use? Do they have research behind them? Are they FDA, CE or MCC approved?
- When seated in the reception, take a look around you. What do the staff, the doctors and the other clients in the reception look like? Keep in mind that they are all treated by the doctor who is going to treat YOU. If you don't like what you see, get out of there.
- Ask as many questions as possible during the consultation. No doctor should rush you into a decision. You should be allowed to go home and think about the treatment if you wish.
- Ask the doctor about side effects and the management thereof. If they dodge the topic, leave. The treating physician MUST explain every possible adverse reaction (no matter how unlikely) and be able to treat it effectively, according to INTERNATIONAL guidelines.
What to expect:
- Potential temporary bruising. Not common with an experienced injector but always possible.
- Swelling for a day or two. The natural ingredient in our fillers (Hyaluronic acid) draws water like a sponge. With the newer fillers, swelling isn't common.
- Lack of result. Most often doctor-dependant. To be fair, the lack of effect is not ideal, but it's better than too much filler. An experienced injector will get it spot-on 99% of the time.
- Weird looking result, bumps, too much filler, abnormal facial ratios. Most of these are doctor/product dependent and can be avoided. A good doctor will explain the post-care to you to avoid you causing any issues or experiencing any of these. Once again, choose the correct doctor with the best products.
- VERY RARE complications: (Legally, doctors must inform you of these)
- Vascular Occlusion. When the filler is injected into a blood vessel, the blood flow cannot get to the intended area and, if not treated, leads to tissue death. This is a serious complication, and the doctor MUST be able to avoid it but, also, TREAT it in the unlikely event of it happening. CHOOSE THE CORRECT DOCTOR. Ask the doctor if he/she has the tools and ability to dissolve filler immediately. The answer MUST be "Yes".
- Permanent nodule formation. Treatable and very rare. Often product and technique dependant.
- Doctor technique and proper post-care can avoid this.
Most fillers are a lunchtime procedure.
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