A dermal filler procedure at Cosmos Clinic on the Gold Coast may be a quick and non-invasive cosmetic treatment, but there are several things you should consider before you have your injectables.

6 things to consider before a dermal filler treatment

It’s not uncommon for people to think solely about the look they desire from dermal fillers, the popularity of the cosmetic procedure and how much it’s going to cost them. While these are important things to consider, when it comes to Dermal Fillers there are other things to also assess.

Here, we list 6 things you should consider before your cosmetic injectables.

1. What type of dermal fillers will be used?

One of the top considerations and questions you should ask your chosen cosmetic clinic is what type of fillers are used. There are several different types of dermal fillers on the market ranging from permanent to nonpermanent and of varying qualities.

All Cosmos Clinics, including Gold Coast QLD, use high-quality hyaluronic acid dermal fillers to provide a natural look and restore your youthful appearance. These are composed of a complex sugar compound that is naturally produced and dissolved by the body. These help to replenish volume loss thanks to aging or active facial expressions, stimulate collagen production and allow for contouring of features like your nose, cheeks or jawline.

2. What are my desired results for injectables?

Assessing the desired look you are hoping to achieve with cosmetic injections and formulating a strong brief for your chosen injector will confirm whether dermal fillers are the right treatment option for you.

In some cases, anti-wrinkle injections may be more appropriate to reduce the appearance of those fine lines or you may benefit from a combination procedure like in the case of acne treatments.

3. How experienced is my chosen injector?

The popularity of dermal fillers to a great extent has resulted in a rise in the number of companies and individuals offering these treatments. With this in mind, it is important you ascertain how experienced your chosen injector is and confirm their qualifications.

If you have chosen a cosmetic injector who is inexperienced or under-qualified, you are faced with the risk of side effects due to inferior quality fillers or poor hygiene methods. The risk of have areas of the face overfilled with the injectables is also common, which if using a permanent filler, can not be corrected. Filler injections should only be administered by a registered nurse or doctor in a medical environment. You should not get your lip fillers in a:

  • Non-medical spa or wellness studio;
  • Dermal filler party;
  • Beauty or hair salon;
  • Someone’s home.

4. What risks and side effects are involved?

In general, the risks and side effects of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are minimal. If you do experience a reaction from the filler, it tends to be local to the injection site. These minor reactions can include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising (slight)

These side effects tend to resolve within 7 to 14 days, if not earlier. As with any medical procedure that uses an injectable substance or local anaesthetic, there is also a risk of an allergic reaction.

In the event, you are choosing to have your dermal fillers administered by an under-qualified person outside of a medical environment and using poor quality fillers, you may face greater side effects such as lumps, ridges, skin discolouration, severe swelling, infection and over-filled areas.

5. How can I maintain this look long term?

As a substance that is naturally dissolved by the body, hyaluronic acid dermal fillers aren’t permanent with the rejuvenation results lasting between 6-24 months depending on the treated area. This means in order to maintain your look long-term, you will need to follow the treatment plan and aftercare advice, and consider maintenance injections as part of your general skincare routine just like you would your eyebrow shaping or wax.

6. What are my expectations of cosmetic surgery?

Determining your expectations of any cosmetic treatment be it lip injections, a nose reconstruction or a breast augmentation is important and goes beyond just thinking about the results. While cosmetic surgery including dermal fillers is a great way to address problem areas that have been affecting your self-confidence or helping to minimise the results of aging, they aren’t going to transform your life by themselves.