Facial fillers are on the rise. Whether you’re looking to refresh your look, enhance your features, or take a few years off your face, fillers promise to deliver natural-looking and effective results.

Facial fillers have grown in popularity over recent years, thanks to their refreshing and enhancing capabilities. When performed by a qualified medical aesthetics practitioner, they can help soften lines, restore volume, and contour the features.

So, if you’re considering delving into the world of injectables for the first time, this is everything that I want you to know.

What can be done with facial fillers?

Revolumising the face can work wonders to restore a bit of youthful softness, and this is where facial fillers, hyaluronic acid gels that are injected into the face, come in. When injected, they can be used to give structure to the face. They can replace lost volume in the cheeks and lips, the hollows under the eyes, and the temples (not an area that most of us notice, but it becomes more hollow as we age). Fillers can also reshape a hooked or bumpy nose, lift the eyebrows a touch, or add structure to a face by strengthening an ageing jawline.

How long do they last?

Fillers will last for between six months to eighteen months before they are broken down by the body, depending on the sort of filler that was used, how much was injected, and the metabolism of the person who’s had them.

How safe are they?

Fillers with FDA approval or a CE mark are safe in the right hands. That is, in the experienced hands of medically trained professionals who follow the correct treatment protocols. That being said, the aesthetics industry in the UK is wildly unregulated, which is why my next point is so important.

Do your homework when choosing an aesthetic practitioner

If you have followed me for a while, you’ll know that I am a big advocate of aesthetic safety, and thanks to a lack of regulation in the UK, you must be extra vigilant when choosing a practitioner to carry out your treatments. Currently, anyone can take a short course in aesthetics and start offering treatments, so the first thing you’ll want to do is check that they’re a medically qualified doctor, nurse prescriber, or dentist. The benefit of them being medically qualified is that they can manage any complications safely, they will have a thorough understanding of facial anatomy and will be able to deliver a natural yet impactful result.

Have an open mind

A good practitioner will treat the face as a whole in order to create harmony in it. So even if you go to your consultation with one very specific aim, it is worth keeping an open mind to your practitioner’s suggestions because they may be able to achieve the result you want in various ways. And this may include treating areas of the face that you hadn’t considered.

We might take a combination approach

Beyond fillers, we can utilise several other treatment modalities to improve skin quality and tighten the skin. These approaches often go hand in hand with fillers to help produce the best results. Our skin has a lot less collagen in our forties and fifties, which can lead to frail skin that collapses easily into folds. Collagen is fundamental to the look and quality of the skin, which is why so many treatments focus on building it back up. Therefore, I often combine filler treatment plans with Profound RF or Sofwave, which use energy to provoke the skin into making more of its own collagen to repair the damage.

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