What is involved in dermal filler procedure?

Are you considering filling those stubborn wrinkles of yours? If you’re considering dermal fillers then you are on the right track! Dermal fillers can help you look more beautiful, younger and wrinkle-free. Research has found out that narrowing etched lines around the mouth, nose and cheeks occur as a result of lost volume and that it is for this primary reason that a person appears old. By applying dermal fillers to these areas you can enhance your shallow contours, improve the appearance of scars, help acne, plump your thin lips, remove wrinkles, and soften facial creases. 

Pre-procedure advice 

So what is involved in the process? Dermal fillers are gel-like and are simply injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume. They are a much less intrusive procedure than eyelid surgery or a full facelift, however there is still some pre-procedure and post-procedure processes to follow. It is advised that you resist from taking medications like aspirin for the two weeks leading up to undergoing the procedure.

A typical dermal filler procedure

after dermal fillers

The following steps are what you can typically expect to be involved in dermal filling procedures:

Step 1

The surgeon will complete a facial assessment which will include making some markings. The plastic surgeon has to assess your facial areas to be sure of areas that need to be filled. These areas are mapped as sites to be injected with fillers. The surgeon or his specially trained nurse also will assess the tone of your skin and the appearance of your face overall, so that they are well informed on the best approach for the procedure, as well as which drugs will be required.  

Step 2

The next step in the process is for the surgeon to clean your face properly using antibacterial cleansers. The injection of the fillers can often cause sharp pains and in many cases a mild pain killer or anesthetic drugs are administered. Before injecting the facial fillers it is common for mild anesthetic drugs such as  lidocaine to be used. Anesthetic ointments or chilling instruments can also be used by the surgeon to produce a cold chilling of the skin. All of these options are aimed at reducing the procedure causing sharp pains or discomfort for the person undergoing the facial filling.

Step 3

Now we are at the point ready for the actual filler injection. The pre-mapped out areas of the face are injected with the dermal fillers. After each injection, the surgeon massages the injected area and determines if additional fillers are needed. If necessary, further fillers are added until it reaches the precise amount of filler required to fill the mapped area.

Step 4

When the surgeon determines that the procedure is successful, the face markings are carefully cleaned and washed off the face. it is common that post dermal filler procedures there is some discomfort experienced. To prevent these discomforts ice packs are used, they also help to reduce any swelling. 

Immediately after the procedure the injected spots will be very soft and tender after the being injected with the fillers. However further medications are not generally required after undergoing the dermal filling procedures. With the passing of several days, your face will appear and feel normal again, but with the added benefit of looking younger and smoother.

The dermal fillers recovery process

After undergoing any dermal fillers procedures you must be conscious of the fact that in some rare cases there is a chance you can contact infections. To prevent infections you should try and abide by these basic steps post-procedure:

  • Avoid wearing makeup immediately after undergoing facial filler procedures. This is because the injected areas are tender. Wearing makeup after the dermal filler procedure will complicate things for you.
  • Keep your face clean and dry after undergoing facial filler procedure. There are risks of contacting infections after undergoing the procedure. Keeping your face clean and dry will help you to prevent it.
  • Avoid exercises that are too invigorating and may stress your body and skin. You are advised to be conscious of the activities you engage in after the procedure.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol, coffee, or smoking immediately after the procedure.
  • You are advised to sleep on your back with your face exposed and not touching pillows after the procedure.

We hope this information was useful and provided helpful tips when considering dermal filler procedures.