How long does a typical treatment take?
Before any treatment, a thorough medical consultation is carried out and a medical history is taken. The actual procedure takes approximately 30 minutes.
Does it hurt?
No. Most fillers contain an inbuilt topical anesthetic that reduces any discomfort. Some areas, such as lips, are more sensitive and there might be some initial increase in discomfort but this quickly disappears once the filler is injected.
How soon can I return to normal activities?
In general, you can return to normal life as soon as the procedure is completed. Some patients may experience swelling or redness immediately after, but this usually subsides soon after treatment.
Will I notice the difference straightaway?
Yes, the aesthetic results from fillers are immediate. But as the treatment is less invasive, you will be able to continue your normal life activities.
How long will it last?
That depends on the individual and the area being treated. Clinical studies have shown that 66% of patients continued to show a visible improvement nine months after a single treatment.
Are there any side effects?
Swelling and redness are common but usually settle within the hour. There may also be the possibility of bruising - especially around the lip area which is highly vascular. Occasionally, there may be some itching, irritation, discolouration or tenderness at the injection site but healing occurs within a couple of days. As with all injection procedures, there is a slight risk of infection but this is unusual. The risk of bruising is increased by treatment with Aspirin, Warfarin, vitament E, St John's wort and other dietary supplements including ginko, evening primrose oil, garlic, feverfew, ginseng and other herbs and supplements that have anticoagulation properties and these should ideally be stopped for a week before treatment.