Dermal facial fillers can be an extremely effective way to regain your youthful looks, adding plumpness to the skin and smoothing out fine lines. Getting good results relies on the skill and experience of the practitioner in knowing exactly how much filler to inject and where to inject it. Unfortunately, because there is no industry regulation for this sort of non-invasive cosmetic surgery, dermal fillers can be administered by anyone – no training required! This is where the problem lies, not with the filler itself, but with the application.
The issue was recently raised on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, prompted by the prevalence of lip fillers among this year’s contestants on the TV show Love Island. While interviewees focused on whether or not they liked the results of lip fillers, they did highlight the easy availability of lip filler, hyaluronic acid, and the lack of regulation for practitioners.
What goes wrong with dermal facial fillers?
Dermal fillers give fantastic results but if the practitioner injects too much in the wrong place, issues can arise. We’ve all heard of the ‘trout pout’ but there can also be issues with uneven application causing a lack of symmetry, and the development of lumps and bumps is another problem. We highlighted last month the problem of self-application of dermal fillers which has left some people with ‘botched’ results, leading to a new campaign by the Department of Health to educate people on the need to seek professional advice.
Dermal facial fillers by MPS
When you have dermal filler treatments here at Manchester Plastic Surgery, you can be assured of the provenance of our filler material, and the skill of our specialist practitioner, Mr Adam Goodwin who has years of experience. For most people, injections of hyaluronic acid is sufficient to smooth out fine lines but for moderate or severe wrinkles we can use a longer acting filler made of crosslinked gelatinous hyaluronic acid or longer acting semi-permanent products to give good results.
Treatment takes around 30 – 40 minutes and results are immediately visible. How long they last is difficult to say as every patient is different but eventually the filler will be broken down and absorbed by the body and the treatment will need to be repeated if the results are to be maintained.
If you would like to know more about our dermal filler treatments, please get in touch to arrange an initial consultation with Mr Goodwin who will be happy to talk to you in more detail about what’s involved.