With Christmas quickly approaching and warm weather knocking at our door many people are considering dermal fillers as a way to appear fresh-faced and full-lipped this summer.

The rise in popularity of dermal fillers

Injectables and filler treatments are gaining popularity especially amongst celebrities, models and social media influencers.

Why?

Because dermal fillers help to restore volume loss in the skin, fending off wrinkles and fine lines in the process. Filler treatments also aren’t just limited to plumping up lips and smoothing out foreheads.

They can be used to treat fine lines around the mouth and eyes or to give shape and definition to injected areas such as cheeks, chins and jawlines. Performed by an experienced cosmetic injector, dermal fillers can effectively enhance your facial features to provide you with a beautiful, natural look with minimal to no side effects.

But what are the dos and don’ts of filler treatments?

You’ve no doubt seen pictures of celebrities after a heavy dose of Botulinum leaves them with a pillow-like, distorted appearance. Unfortunately, these women and men are the victims of unqualified or inexperienced people offering dermal filler treatments or have seen the incredible effects of injectables and gone one step too far.

To avoid this, here we list the top do’s and don’ts when it comes to dermal filler cosmetic procedures and facial rejuvenation…

DO…

  1. Seek treatment with a qualified practitioner
    Whether it’s your first time getting lip fillers or you’re a frequent flyer, ensure you seek the treatment with a qualified and experienced expert. In the wrong hands, dermal fillers can be injected into the wrong areas of the face, the incorrect filler used or too much filler injected.
  2. Ask for before and after photos of filler procedure clients
    When consulting with a nurse injector, dermatologist or plastic surgeon who offer filler procedures, ask to see before and after photos. This will give you a visual understanding of the work they do and allow you to ascertain if it aligns with your facial rejuvenation expectations.
  3. Discuss the type of fillers used
    There are a variety of dermal fillers on the market, both natural and synthetic, including Restylane, Juvederm and Aquamed just to name a few. We advise using a natural dermal filler that contains hyaluronic acid as this can be reversed versus semi-permanent synthetic fillers that remains in your body.
  4. Follow the post-treatment aftercare advice
    Your cosmetic practitioner will provide you with post-treatment aftercare advice that’s important for you to follow to support the healing process and minimise side effects. Placing ice on the treated areas and drinking plenty of water, for example, can help reduce the swelling. Using skincare products containing Arnica can also help minimise the bruising during the healing process.
  5. Plan your filler injections in advance
    If you’re considering dermal filler skin treatments before a big event like Christmas or a wedding, plan a month or two in advance. This gives you time to find the right cosmetic injector and time for your treated areas to heal before the big day.

DON’T..

  1. Get dermal fillers at a botox or injectable party
    Injectable parties are often performed by unqualified injectors and in unsanitary environments. This can result in complications or side effects, leaving you disappointed and embarrassed with the results. It’s also not uncommon for people to be enjoying themselves a little too much before, during and after the party. It’s advised not to drink alcohol at least 24 hours before and after the cosmetic procedure due to the blood-thinning and dehydration effects.
  2. Go too far and overfill the injection site
    Set realistic expectations and aim to enhance your natural facial features rather than overfill and create a fake look. Multiple smaller dermal filler treatments may result in a better outcome than larger filler treatments all in one consult.
  3. Undergo filler treatment when pregnant
    As with most cosmetic procedures, dermal fillers should not be injected while pregnant or breastfeeding.
  4. Take over-the-counter pain medications before the procedure
    It is advised to avoid taking over-the-counter pain relievers such as Ibuprofen, Aleve, Aspirin leading up to your dermal filler appointment due to the blood-thinning effects. If you are taking medications, please discuss these with your chosen injector.
  5. Participate in strenuous exercise after injectable fillers
    Strenuous exercise right before and in the days after your injectable fillers can compromise your results and delay the healing process by causing further swelling and bruising.