Dermal fillers are a gel-like substance made up of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is already naturally present in your skin and is responsible for keeping it hydrated and replenished. We have a lot of it when we’re younger but it dissolves as we get older.
The fillers come in different densities. Some are thicker than others and they can be used to either plump out lines in the face or they can be used to enhance existing features or to replace lost volume; in your lips or cheeks for example. Either an injection technique with a needle is used or something called a cannula, which is a blunt tube, to place the filler in to/under the skin. The type of filler which would be used would be decided upon at your consultation.
Dermal fillers are a temporary option and your body will break them down over time.
We hear all sorts of horror stories in the media. These are, more often than not, the result of either unqualified or negligent practitioners with inadequate training but luckily such events are rare. As long as your practitioner is qualified and committed to do their job, then you are in safe hands. No matter who you go to, there is no such thing as a 100% safe treatment but in the unlikely event that something was to go wrong, as a qualified and experienced nurse with specific training in this area, Holly would know how to manage such situations. Holly is also supported by a wide network of aesthetic professionals. It is also important to reassure you that these types of dermal fillers are reversible. They can be removed, if required, using an enzyme called Hyaluronidase (Hyalase).
We use only the most well-known and top-quality fillers on the market, mostly from either the Juvederm or Teoxane range. We have close relationships with these companies who provide up-to-date training and keep us in the loop with new studies and treatments. Magari Clinics only orders from reputable, UK-based pharmacies.
The syringes have anything between 0.5ml-1.2ml in them and it’s completely dependent on which area is to be treated and what it is that you want to achieve from your treatment. It also depends on where your starting point is as every individual is so different. This would be discussed at length during your consultation. It’s not uncommon for certain treatments to require more than one or even several syringes. It sometimes requires patience and commitment to get to where you want to be and, to keep you safe and to give you the best results possible, I would only ever agree to do this slowly and sensibly over an agreed amount of time.
Yes. I use a lidocaine cream which I can apply to the areas that are to be treated. It doesn’t completely numb the area, to do this I would need to perform a dental block, but it certainly provides relief and comfort to most clients although, plenty of people are happy to be treated without the use of cream. It also depends on the area that is to be treated. Some parts of the face are more sensitive than others. The use of numbing cream is often unnecessary in many areas of the face.
Everyone’s pain thresholds are completely different and again, some areas are more sensitive than others so it’s dependent on these factors. No treatment is completely pain-free but we’re yet to have a client who has sworn never to go through with it again. We usually advise to take some paracetamol about 30-60 minutes before your appointment if you are safe to do so then we can apply the topical numbing cream if necessary and leave it on throughout your consultation.
The fillers themselves also have lidocaine in. This takes the ‘sting’ off the product and also numbs the areas which are being treated as we go along. A ‘cannula’ is also used wherever possible which is a blunt tube that causes less trauma and is safer than a needle. Some clients will report that they felt no pain and others will report a ‘stinging’ or a ‘nipping’ sensation for example. We are committed to ensuring your comfort and leave enough time in your appointment to ensure that there is no need rush.
If you have ever had an anaphylactic reaction to anything (IE, experiencing chest pains, difficulty breathing, swollen mouth/tongue etc) then we would need to discuss this further during your consultation as this treatment may not be advisable. If you have a less severe allergy, such as mild hayfever or a mild rash with certain drugs, then you are likely to be safe to try dermal fillers.
Putting all the horror stories aside, the most likely side-effects that you’re going to experience are some swelling and/or bruising. Some people don’t get any at all and some will experience varying levels. Sometimes you can feel lumps and bumps which tend to resolve on their own within a couple of weeks or can be broken down with firm massaging. Other, less likely side-effects would be discussed during your consultation.
Absolutely. It’s vital to discuss your medical history to ensure that you are receiving the safest and most effective treatment and it’s also just as important to work together to make a plan based on what you want to achieve and, of course, your budget. All consultations are completely bound by confidentiality laws. All consultations are done on a no obligation basis meaning you are not required to go ahead with your treatment following your consultation if you are not comfortable or need more time to think.
Yes. A £40 deposit is required to secure all bookings but this is refundable if you decide not to go ahead with treatment following your consultation. This will be paid back to you within 24 hours.
No. You are not able to have any treatments while you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
This is dependent on a vast number of factors. Metabolism, lifestyle, hormone problems, exercise, heat-related activities and so on can all affect the longevity of the product. It also varies depending on where the filler is placed. For example, the cheeks aren’t a hugely mobile area so you could potentially get 9-18 months out of them but lips are constantly moving so you can expect anything between 2-12 months plus. The more you have treatments done, the longer they last.