With Fillers having been around for many years, the surgeons at McIndoe Surgical Centre are experts at giving advice and talking through the correct type of filler for you, and there are many to choose from. From temporary to permanent, there are pros and cons for both, but a detailed consultation with your surgeon should help you decide the best for you.
Fillers are a great way to plump up and refresh areas of your face and neck that have otherwise become a little too wrinkled for your liking. If a surgical facelift is not what you need right now, Dermal Fillers can be a fantastic temporary solution.
Anita Hazari, a consultant plastic surgeon at McIndoe Surgical Centre has provided a check list if you are considering fillers and gives you the low down on what to look out for:
· Ensure you are seeing a trained medical professional
· Find out how the procedure will be of use to you.
· Inform your trained professional of any allergies or medication you are taking.
· Generally, avoid a permanent filler, as it may produce an untoward appearance as the facial soft tissues change with age.
· Fillers derived from bovine collagen can cause severe local allergic reactions that can become chronic and difficult to treat.
· Hyaluronic acid fillers will last 6-12 months and are the most widely used.
· If you have suffered from cold sores (herpes simplex), treatment with fillers may result in a fresh eruption of the virus and you should use an appropriate antiviral medication such as Zovirax cream.
· Avoid Aspirin and alcohol for 24 hours before and after treatment.
· Avoid makeup for 12 hours after treatment.
· Avoid massaging the treated area as it may disperse the filler and therefore will not last as long as expected.
· Avoid exposure to intense heat (solarium, sauna) for 48 hours after treatment.
· Following treatment, there may be some redness, bruising, tenderness or swelling lasting a few days.
· Rarely, abscess formation, granuloma, allergic reaction or localised necrosis (formation of scab leaving a shallow scar) can occur.