Filler is becoming more and more popular, as women search for a way to turn back the clock but still look natural.
So what exactly is involved, how does it work, how long will it last and are there any risks involved?
Kerry Hanaphy, aesthetic clinician and owner of the Kerry Hanaphy Clinic in Dublin, tells us everything we need to know.
What exactly is “filler”? What is in the injections?
Lip filler is a non-surgical treatment that gives you fuller, plumper lips, while reducing the appearance of wrinkles. The main substances used in the injections are hyaluronic acid and lidocaine. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by your body, and already found in your skin and cartilage, while lidocaine is a gel that acts as a numbing agent to make the injections more comfortable for the patient. These are temporary dermal fillers that will break down naturally in the body over time.
What’s the difference between filler and botox?
Dermal filler is used for volumizing, plumping and lifting areas that have thinned or sunk due to aging. Filler can help correct areas that have a loss of collagen or elasticity in the skin. Botox is a toxin derived from purified bacteria – it can be deadly in large doses, however it has been used safely for decades to correct wrinkles caused by facial expressions. Botox works by temporarily stopping the muscle signal which moves the muscle, reducing or removing the appearance of wrinkles.
What are the advantages of getting filler? What problems can it fix?
The advantages of filler are solely dependent on the problem the patient is looking to correct. Filler can help with numerous problems such as: enhancing or filling shallow areas on the face, decreasing or removing shadow or wrinkle under the eyes, filling in or softening static wrinkles, especially on the lower face. Aside from that, dermal filler can also help to improve facial profiles such as a sagging neck or help to reshape the chin, jawline and nose without needing expensive, painful and risky surgery.
What can I expect from a consultation/appointment at the Kerry Hanaphy Clinic?
A comprehensive analysis of the current condition of the skin and a recommendation of treatments that will best deliver what the patient is looking to achieve. A planned medical approach will offer realistic and attainable results for the patient during consultation, while also outlining potential side effects. Previous medical history will also be discussed as well as a detailed after care plan.
Will I look “fake”?
As medical professionals here at the Kerry Hanaphy Clinic, we feel that filler should never be obvious. Filler should help to refresh the face, turning the clock back a little, but never drawing attention. When it comes to filler, less is more – too much filler is what leads to that fake look. As aesthetic clinicians, we are constantly considering facial proportions to ensure that our treatments will not distort them. We often have to decline requests from people who do prefer this dramatic, overfilled look and sometimes even correct botched treatments from other underqualified clinics offering filler, which is why it’s so important to always do your research before you choose your clinician.
Are there any risks involved?
The most common risks associated with filler are bruising, swelling and occasionally lumps and bumps that can be corrected through massaging. In more extreme cases there is a risk of occlusion, which is when filler blocks the flow of blood to the vessel, leading to tissue necrosis if not identified and treated quickly. Improper use of dermal filler can also have high risks such as blindness, which is why it is so important to do your research and seek out an experienced healthcare professional when you’re considering such treatments.
How long will the results last?
Results vary depending on the individual, but anywhere between three to six months for lip fillers and up to one year for dermal fillers.
For more information visit www.kerryhanaphy.com or phone 01 6790976.