There has been a lot of media sensation concerning the safety of lip fillers and dermal fillers. As a skin clinic that only employs medical professionals to perform injectable aesthetic treatments, we at Allison Jeffery wish to inform those in Brighton considering dermal fillers of how safe dermal fillers really are. Let’s explore how safe they are, what they’re made of, and why they should only be performed by medical professionals.
Are dermal fillers, as a material, safe?
The actual material that makes a dermal filler is safe to use within the body and skin. Temporary dermal fillers are an injectable gel-like substance that closely mimic your body’s natural reserves of hyaluronic acid (HA). Hyaluronic acid is a substance found in your skin, where it provides a hydrating structure for the passage of skin nutrients, keeping it elasticated and bouncy. These reserves naturally dwindle as we age, leading to loose skin, which is why dermal fillers used for restructuring and refreshing the face mirror the substance so closely.
Are dermal fillers permanent?
One of the main concerns surrounding dermal fillers is their permanence. Injectable dermal fillers, i.e. the hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that our skin clinic uses, are not permanent. They have been wrongly associated with permanent dermal fillers in the past that have left certain notable media personalities scarred. The culprit in these cases are permanent dermal fillers that use materials like silicon. Permanent dermal fillers are not buildable, meaning that they cannot be amended and touched up and customised to reach your desired results, and come hand-in-hand with some heavy risks. Temporary dermal fillers, on the other hand, naturally dissolve in your skin over time much like your natural hyaluronic acid reserves do. This happens at no complaint from your body, and the only way you’ll notice this is when your treated area begins to revert back to normal.
Are there any lasting changes after dermal fillers?
A common worry is that your skin will be ‘stretched’ after receiving dermal fillers, especially if you’ve had more than one treatment. This is understandable, but there is no lasting augmentation or change in your treated area once the dermal filler has completely dissolved. It does not permanently stretch, change, or scar the skin after your treatment.
Who should perform dermal filler treatment?
The only people you should trust to perform your injectable treatments, be that Botox or lip fillers, are medical professionals trained in aesthetics. There has been a rise in ‘Botox parties’ and beauticians performing dermal fillers, but this should not be where you choose to go for your treatments. The environment is not sterile, and the correct equipment is often not used when you don’t visit a sanitary, professional clinic. Also, while beauticians and hairdressers technically can perform dermal fillers, as they are not currently regulated under UK law, this doesn’t mean that they should. A medical professional has in-depth knowledge of your skin, your body, and how these treatments work, whereas a non-medical professional does not. Furthermore, a medical professional is more prepared and adept at dealing with complications, aftercare, and side effects should they occur, so there really is a clear choice in who to choose so as not to endanger your results and safety.
Dermal fillers are perfectly safe if and when you visit medically qualified practitioners, such as those who make up the team at Allison Jeffery Skin Health and Laser Clinic. If you’re considering dermal fillers in Brighton, always trust the professionals. Enquire online to book your consultation today.