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Dermal Fillers: Before and After Treatment

Want to see the dramatic difference in dermal fillers before and after treatment? You’re in the right place. 

This incredible non-surgical treatment is one of our most requested for diminishing the signs of ageing, sculpting your profile and lifting and managing acne scarring.

In this blog post we delve deep into what dermal fillers are, how they can help you and take a look at some dermal fillers before and after photos, so you can see for yourself just how effective the treatment is.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

It might surprise you to know that dermal fillers have been around since the 70s. The first FDA-approved filler was made from bovine (yes, cow!) collagen but the substance wasn’t particularly reliable – recipients were warned about a possible allergic reaction, movement of the filler and short-term results.

Thankfully the development of hyaluronic acid fillers in the early 2000s meant that fillers became what we know them as today – safe, long-lasting and supported by science.

So, what’s the difference between dermal fillers before and after the introduction of hyaluronic acid? The key difference is in the safety of the treatment. There’s a very low incidence of an adverse reaction, making them an incredibly safe non-surgical solution.

Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in your body, so it’s more readily accepted with little swelling and redness. As a moisture binder, it attracts water in your cells, effectively plumping them up, which is why it is so effective as an anti-ageing treatment.

When used as a filler, this gel-like substance plumps and smooths your skin, giving you a youthful look without invasive surgery.

Dermal Fillers Before and After

Filler between nose and mouth lines.

Dermal Fillers vs Botox

One of the most asked questions is what is the difference between dermal fillers and botox. Both of these injectables have good reputations as a way to combat wrinkles, lines and other signs of ageing, but why choose one and not the other?

Dermal fillers do as the name suggests – they ‘fill’ a specific area, creating a structure for the skin to rest on. It’s a soft, pliable substance so your facial expressions are unaffected by treatment. 

Botox, however, inhibits the nerves responsible for muscle movement that causes wrinkles. This muscle relaxer leaves skin looking smooth and line-free, but as it ‘freezes’ the muscles you will find that your expressions are more limited.

See the dermal fillers before and after photos below, alongside Botox before and after to see how each treatment looks…

Dermal Fillers Before and After Botox Before and After

What Are Dermal Fillers Good For?

Dermal fillers are versatile and can treat all manner of skin concerns, such as;

Acne Scarring

From the dermal filler before and after image below, you can see just how effective fillers are for treating recessed scarring caused by acne or chickenpox. The filler helps to plump the area, raising the depressed scars to create a more even surface.

acne scars

Line and Wrinkles

As you age your collagen production slows down and the plumpness of your skin is reduced. As a result, the skin above your frequently used muscles starts to show lines and creases – frown lines, smile lines, crows feet, worry lines and lip lines are all some of the signs of ageing that we at Elite Aesthetics can treat.

Sculpting Your Profile

In an ideal world, we’d all love our faces but there are some facial characteristics that can leave you feeling self-conscious and shy. From weak chins to thin lips, we have helped people to define their features slightly differently so that they can greet each day with confidence and self-satisfaction. Check out these inspiring dermal fillers before and after photos to see the difference this treatment can make!

Fillers for the lip before & after

What Can You Expect From Treatment?

Dermal fillers are an easy, non-invasive way to manage your acne scars, wrinkles and define your features, but what happens during the process? Here’s everything you need to know about dermal fillers, before and after treatment.

Before Your Dermal Filler Treatment

There are a few steps you can take to prepare for your fillers. These are;

Avoid blood-thinning over the counter medicine and supplements like aspirin, garlic and fish oil or St. John’s wort. DO NOT stop taking anything medically prescribed, such as Warfarin or Plavix without consulting your GP.

Take Arnica. Arnica is a herb that comes from the Arnica montana flower. It has been used to soothe bruising and swelling since the 16th century and can help to alleviate any bruising your treatment may cause.

Don’t drink alcohol for a few days before and after dermal fillers, as it can affect the swelling following the injections.
Avoid creams and serums that contain Retinol, Glycolic Acid or any ‘anti-ageing’ products.

During Your Treatment

A topical numbing cream will be applied to the area to make the procedure more comfortable. You may feel some tingling during this, but it’s not painful. Once your skin is numb, your doctor will begin the injections. 

Your treatment lasts around 30 minutes and you can go about your day as normal right away. You may experience some swelling and bruising, but you can apply light make-up to cover this after six hours.

Fillers for the lip before & after
What To Do After Dermal Fillers

As mentioned before, after your dermal filler treatment you can expect a little swelling and bruising. Taking arnica can help to manage this, and you can use a light foundation too.

Don’t drink alcohol for 2 days before and after dermal fillers.

It is suggested that you don’t fly for a week or so after treatment, due to the change in air pressure.

Avoid direct sunlight and sunbeds for a week – and always wear sunscreen.

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Dermal Fillers At Elite Aesthetics

During your consultation, our experienced and professional aestheticians will discuss everything you can expect before and after dermal fillers and answer any specific questions you may have. 

All of our consultations and treatments are held at our award-winning clinic in Greenhithe, Kent. Finding us is easy as we are located close to both Dartford and Gravesend stations (just 10 minutes away), Maidstone (just 15 minutes) and London (20 minutes).

So, if you would like to chat about how dermal fillers can benefit you, please get in touch!

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