On the Dr Christine blog today, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding Dermal Fillers
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in all skin and soft tissues throughout the body. It attracts and binds water in the skin , providing volume and hydration, but also "cushioning" and supporting collagen and elastin fibres and allows cells to communicate with each other.
Hyaluronic Acid dermal fillers are manufactured by cross-linking Hyaluronic acid to produce a clear sterile gel for injection into the skin. Dr. Christine only uses the leading tried and tested brands of demal filler including Juvederm and Restylane.
How does it work?
Hyaluronic Acid dermal fillers are injected into the skin to provide instant correction.
What can be treated with Dermal Fillers?
Dermal Fillers can be used to create volume and contour to the face (cheeks, temples, jawline, chin) and can also be used to instantly soften deep folds such as nose to mouth folds (nasolabial folds) and lines below the mouth (marionette lines). They can be used to define, correct and enhance the lips, and also to restore lost volume in the hands and to improve the tone texture and hydration of the skin.
Does it hurt?
Dr.Christine only uses dermal fillers that also contain a local anaesthetic to reduce any discomfort from the procedure. In addition she will also apply a topical anaesthetic cream prior to treatment to numb the skin.
All make up will need to be removed prior to treatment. Alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen and a range of dietary supplements, including St Johns Wort, fish oils, Gingko Biloba, Vitaminns C and E, may all contribute to bruising and are best avoided 24 hours before treatment and 24 hours after treatment. Treatment cannot be done if there is an active skin infection.