What is Dermal Filler?
Dermal Filler is the synthetic form of a natural substance found in human tissues (Hyaluronic Acid ). It can be injected directly beneath the skin to provide cosmetic benefits. It is effective immediately and can last from 6-12 months.
Which Dermal Filler product is used?
Note that the tear trough / palpebromalar groove treatments are usually provided using Teosyal Redensity II Hyaluronic Acid, a type of Dermal Filler licensed specifically for this use. Some practitioners do use other brands of dermal filler for this treatment.
Can other dermal fillers be used to treat these areas?
Yes, but other fillers are more likely to migrate with time towards the outer part of the tear trough leading to the appearance of a lump. According to its manufacturers, Teosyal Redensity II does not form lumps if it is injected correctly.
What are ‘tear troughs’?
They are the dark ridges that develop below the eyes which are often worse in appearance when tired or dehydrated. These lines are notoriously difficult to treat and have been seen by many practitioners as a big challenge in non-surgical aesthetics.
What is involved in treatment?
The treatment typically involves 3 or 4 injections under each eye. Before this, the skin can be anaesthetised using a cream so that the whole procedure is virtually pain free. It typically takes around 5-10 minutes.
What is the treatment protocol?
Typically one treatment, with results lasting 9-12 months. Some patients decide, along with their practitioner to receive further treatment to these areas with more dermal filler; this should be discussed with the practitioner face-to-face.
Potential side effects
Note that these are similar nomatter what part of the face is treated with dermal filler.
Common and minor:
Bruising is possible. Whilst not usually as prone to bruising as some other areas of the face, bruising is still a possibility. If bruising occurs, this can be limited by applying pressure at the injection site. Bruises can be covered up with makeup but patients should wait at least 12 hours following treatment before doing so, to limit the risk of introducing infection through the injection site. As with any other injection, there is also a risk of bleeding, discomfort or itching for several days.
Very rare but more serious:
Rarely discolouration of the injection site, necrosis (death of skin), abscess formation, skin infection, granulomas (abnormal growth of skin), hypersensitivity and haematomas (large bruises) have been reported. Indurations (dimples) or nodules may develop at the injection site — if any of these symptoms persist for more than 1 week, consult with the practitioner who treated you.
When using dermal filler to treat any part of the face, there is a very small risk of skin damage requiring plastic surgery or even irreversible blindness. Feel free to ask your practitioner what precautions they will take to minimise this risk.
I realise that this product contains 0.3% lidocaine which may produce a positive result in anti-doping tests.
I have been informed about the risks and possible side effects of treatment, have been given the opportunity to have my questions answered and accept that these risks are my own.
I confirm that I have read the above and consent to have Dermal Filler treatment.
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