Everything you need to know about dermal fillers
Dermal fillers are a safe way to restore the youthful look of your face without the need for cosmetic surgery.
You’ll find that dermal fillers can be used in various ways, from adding lost volume back to your cheeks or lips, decreasing fine lines, and providing a boost of hydration to your skin.
Before you undergo any cosmetic procedure or dermal filler treatment, it’s natural to have questions as you want to make an informed decision if it’s right for you.
This article will help you understand more about dermal fillers:
- What they are
- How to prepare for them
- How long before you see results
- How long do dermal fillers last
- The treatment process
- What to expect after your treatment
Let’s explore the world of dermal fillers.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers generally contain Hyaluronic acid that your body already produces naturally. The sugar molecules in Hyaluronic acid attract and hold water, helping to hydrate your skin and add volume.
You’ll find a range of dermal fillers used for different areas of your face. Each one will have slightly different ingredients to make them thin, medium or thick.
The thicker dermal fillers are used where you require more volume (e.g. cheeks or forehead), and the thinner dermal fillers are for delicate areas (e.g. lips or under your eye area).
Your specialist cosmetic injector will be able to guide you on the type of dermal fillers that will be suitable to create your desired look.
The most important thing to remember with dermal fillers is that you want your face to look natural. You may be focused on one area of concern; however, your injector may suggest treating other areas to enhance your overall appearance.
The most common areas of treatment include:
- Cheeks – enhancing or restoring lost volume
- Forehead – enhancing or restoring lost volume
- Lips – plumping and smoothing lines
- Eye area – enhancing and restoring lost volume and smoothing lines
- Chin – smoothing any creases and adding lost volume
You should also be aware that dermal fillers are not the same as anti-wrinkle injections, but are often used together.
Dermal fillers replace lost volume to hydrate and lift your skin, whereas anti-wrinkle injections work by weakening the underlying muscles that cause lines on your face.
Here’s how you should prepare for dermal fillers
Before you undertake any dermal filler procedure, you will need to book a consultation with a trained cosmetic injector. They’ll assess your skin and advise you on what areas and which dermal fillers you may need.
They will also explain the procedure and the products used for your treatment.
If you have had allergic reactions to any treatment or drugs in the past, it’s best to discuss this at your first consultation and check the ingredients.
We also recommend that if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or have compromised immunity, that you avoid any dermal filler treatments.
Unlike surgical procedures, there isn’t any special preparation needed before your dermal filler appointment. You’ll need to have a clean face (no makeup) and be prepared that you may experience some side effects, as outlined below.
How long will it take to see the results of dermal fillers?
Many people are surprised to learn that you may see the results straight away. This will depend on the treatment you’ve received and if you’ve experienced any side effects.
What are the possible side effects of dermal fillers?
Following your dermal filler treatment, you may experience mild or no side effects at all. The common side effects include slight bruising (that can last up to 2 weeks depending on the area) or swelling that subsides quite quickly.
How long do dermal fillers last?
Unlike cosmetic surgery, dermal fillers are not permanent and must be repeated to maintain the effect. You’ll find that your dermal filler treatment will last from 6 to 12 months (some even longer, up to 18 months).
The length depends on a few factors:
- The type of product used
- Where you had the treatment
- How your body naturally metabolises the product once it’s injected
Does the dermal filler treatment hurt?
This is one of the aspects that most people worry about. The idea of having injections in your face isn’t exactly comforting! But the great news is, most people tolerate the injections really well and have no issues.
At the start of your treatment, your injector will make sure you’re comfortable and ready to begin the process.
Your face will be thoroughly cleaned to prevent any possible infection. Before your injections start, a topical anaesthetic will be applied to your face to numb the area. By doing this, you won’t be in much discomfort (if any) during your procedure.
If you are feeling any discomfort and you need a short break, it’s important to communicate this with your injector so they may proceed at a pace that is comfortable for you.
What to do following your dermal filler treatment
Following your treatment, you may experience slight bruising and/or swelling. This is normal and should clear up quite quickly. You’ll be given an ice pack to apply to help with possible swelling.
You’ll be able to return to your regular daily routine after your treatment.
It is advisable to avoid (for 24 hours):
- Doing a workout or attending the gym as it’s best not to get too hot and sweaty to risk infection
- Intense heat (spas, saunas, etc.)
- Retinols or Vitamin C therapy creams
- Oil-based makeup
- Ibuprofen for pain – take paracetamol instead if needed
Once you have made an investment and you’re thrilled with the results, you’d want to maintain your toned appearance.
It is advisable to:
- Keep hydrated (water is fantastic for your skin)
- Use recommended skincare products
- Avoid smoking (this also helps prevent fine lines near your mouth)
- Get your top-ups as recommended
- Use sunscreen anytime you are outside to avoid UV exposure
- Minimise stress
Want to find out more about dermal fillers?
If you’re curious to find out more about dermal fillers and want to discuss if they’ll work for you, book a consultation with our professional cosmetic injectors.
Dermal fillers are safe and effective, and once you’ve discovered how great your skin feels and looks, you’ll be hooked!
Everything You Need To Know About Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment (PRP)
It doesn’t matter what you call Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment (PRP) – vampire facial, PRP vampire facial, or PRP injections. Thanks to Kim Kardashian West, platelet-rich plasma treatment for the face became an overnight success when she had a vampire facial before her wedding. The photos of her after the PRP vampire facial went viral.
But amidst the media hype and social influencer posts, it can be hard to figure out what PRP treatment for the face actually is. Don’t worry, we’ve covered everything you need to know about Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment (PRP) including what a Vampire Facial is, how it works and the benefits it offers.
What Is PRP?
When it comes to improving your skin glow, facials have long been a popular skin treatment. While facials are effective at exfoliating, improving the tone of your skin and clearing away impurities, they can’t reduce fine lines and wrinkles like PRP Vampire Facials can. Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment (PRP) is an advanced skincare treatment that uses your body’s natural power to repair itself. PRP Vampire Facials involve drawing a small amount of your blood and separating the platelets and plasma from your red blood cells and white blood cells in a centrifuge for 5 to 10 minutes. This process leads to your plasma having nearly fivefold more platelets, resulting in more growth factors being present. Your platelet-rich plasma is then further activated with calcium chloride before being injected with small needles back into your face. At Regenerer our Vampire Facials take between 20-30 minutes and are also referred to as “Facial Stem Cell Regeneration” therapy.
How Does PRP Work?
As an effective anti-ageing treatment, the Vampire Facial involves injecting platelet-rich plasma into your skin at precise depths. Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment (PRP) refers to any treatment where platelet-rich plasma benefits your body with regenerative growth factors that can:
- Stimulate your skin to heal faster,
- Boost the important proteins including collagen and elastin that support your skin’s health.
While PRP is a popular skincare treatment it has other clinical applications and is effective at treating:
- Acne scars,
- Crepey skin texture,
- Fine lines and wrinkles,
- Hair loss,
- Loss of volume,
- Skin pigmentation,
- Stretch marks, and
- Surgical scars.
Is PRP Treatment Effective?
Before your PRP treatment, you’ll have a consultation with a Cosmetic Nurse or Skin Therapist. During this consult, they’ll ask about your medical history, expected outcomes and goals of PRP treatment and advise on the most suitable treatment options.
In the treatment room, you’ll have your face thoroughly cleaned before a topical numbing cream is applied to the treatment area. This ensures the PRP treatment will be comfortable. Similar to a blood test, a small amount of your blood will then be drawn before being spun in a centrifuge. After the plasma and platelets are separated from your red blood cells and white blood cells, small needles will be used to inject them back into your face.
After PRP treatment, your treated skin will swell and have a pink or red appearance. Any swelling will resolve in about 2 days. The pink or red appearance will fade within a few hours. Optimal results will be visible 4 to 5 weeks after your PRP treatment. If you have a series of 3 initial treatments, the results typically last for 12 to 18 months. It’s important that you keep your skin hydrated and protected from the sun after your PRP treatment. Our Cosmetic Nurses and Skin Therapists can advise which products are best for your skin type.
What Are The Benefits Of PRP Treatment For Your Skin?
PRP Treatment for your skin is an injectable treatment that uses your own platelet-rich plasma to reduce signs of ageing while rejuvenating your skin tone and texture. The benefits of PRP treatment for your skin include the following.
- PRP treatment effectively treats difficult and delicate areas of your face including your eye tear troughs; often one of the first areas of your face to show noticeable signs of ageing.
- PRP treatment is a natural cosmetic injectable. Unlike anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers, PRP treatment uses a sample of your blood to stimulate your elastin and collagen production.
- After a series of 3 treatments, PRP treatments can last between 12 to 18 months.
- PRP treatments reduce fine lines and wrinkles by improving your cellular turnover and encouraging the production of collagen and elastin. With collagen production dipping at the age of 25, this benefit results in your skin becoming tighter and more youthful.
- PRP treatments improve the moisture retention of your skin, resulting in your skincare treatments absorbing more effectively.
- PRP treatments improve your skin tone and texture. From surgical and acne scars to pigmentation, PRP treatments encourage the development of new skin cells resulting in a smoother and more youthful appearance.
- While PRP treatments generally have no downtime required, the downtime you’ll need will depend on the depth of the needles and what the PRP is treating. For example, if you’re having scarring treated, the needles will need to go quite deep. This will require at least 1 day of downtime. It’s also important to note that your skin will peel for a few days after your PRP treatment. We recommend that you have PRP treatments where you don’t have any social or work commitments for a few days after. If you’re having PRP treatment before a big event like a wedding or party, we recommend you have the treatment at least 4 weeks before the event.
Is The Vampire Facial Safe?
Vampire Facials are suitable for most people of all ages. While it’s safe for pregnant women, because you’re unable to have the numbing local anaesthetic, we suggest a traditional facial is more appropriate. It’s also important to note that people with clotting conditions who require blood thinners or who have other blood-related disorders should not have Vampire Facials.
Ideal candidates for Vampire Facials include:
- Like to have firmer and tighter skin,
- Want to remove acne scars,
- Want to improve the tone and texture of your skin,
- Like to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, or
- Want to reduce pigmentation.
Unlike some anti-ageing creams and injections, because Vampire Facials use your own blood, there’s no chance of allergic reactions or having your body reject a foreign substance.
Is PRP Treatment Safe During Pregnancy?
While PRP treatment is safe during pregnancy, it’s important to note that you’re unable to have the local anaesthetic numbing cream. This can result in the Vampire Facial being very uncomfortable. A better alternative during pregnancy is to book in for a Regenerer Facial.
Vampire Facial Before And After
Vampire Facials are a popular skincare treatment to improve the collagen production of your skin. Once your skin is penetrated with the plasma and platelets, your body starts to grow new, healthier and stronger collagen over a period of a couple of weeks. This process results in tighter looking skin that keeps improving several weeks after the Vampire Facial treatment.
Regenerer Vampire Facials are an effective anti-ageing skincare treatment. Our team of highly experienced Cosmetic Nurses and Skin Therapists offer Vampire Facials that improve the tone and texture of your skin while improving its regenerative properties. Got questions about PRP Vampire Facials? Find out if PRP facial is safe for you, call us on (03) 9555 8401.