Just as important as finding the right dermal filler is finding the right professional. Because when done right, dermal filler treatment can restore volume to sunken under eyes or create symmetry in features, such as the nose, lips and cheeks without surgery. To help you find the right dermal filler and a suitable professional, here are some tips from Emma Davies, chair of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses*, which offers independent advice and guidance on aesthetic treatments:
Ask your friends and shop around. Start your search by asking your friends and looking on the internet. Then, take plenty of time to shop around for a qualified professional, such as a dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon, doctor, dentist or nurse. (Actually, over 70 per cent of dermal fillers are injected by cosmetic nurses.)
Consult two or more professionals and give yourself time to think about it. Apart from answering questions during the consultation, ask them questions, too! Be sure to ask for training certificates, patient testimonials, etc. And after the consultation, walk away and think about it. Don’t feel pressured to get the dermal filler treatment done immediately.
Signs to look for in a professional. A qualified professional will always advise a patient on the side effects of dermal fillers, such as bruising, swelling, etc. and give advice on post-treatment care. Also, they will know what dermal filler is appropriate to use on a specific area of the face. For example, Sculptra and Radiesse are never used on the lips.
Do not shop for dermal fillers based on the price. Dermal filler treatment is relatively expensive because you are paying for the product, the professional’s expertise and experience, insurance, etc. Bear in the mind, the price does vary based on the practitioner. On average, dermal fillers start at £170.
Opt for a temporary dermal filler. Most fillers are made from hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a natural substance found in the human body that binds water. HA fillers normally last between nine to 12 months so you’ll have to get the treatment done again. On the other hand, being temporary has its beauty bonuses because you won’t have to resort to surgery to remove the HA filler.
By: Emma Davies
Edited by: Christina Caicedo
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