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COSMETIC FILLERS

What are cosmetic fillers?

As we age, most of us generally experience tissue loss beneath our skin that causes an emptied, uneven appearance to our face. Cosmetic filler injections seek to replenish this lost volume to give your skin a plumper, smoother and more youthful appearance. Modern cosmetic fillers are usually effective for about 12 months, after which you may require repeat treatments. The type and placement of fillers will vary according to your individual needs. Your aesthetic plastic surgeon will make a thorough assessment of those needs and discuss what options are most suitable for you.


Are cosmetic fillers right for me?

Always talk to your surgeon before deciding whether filler injections are right for you. Fillers may be combined with other treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections, laser skin treatments or surgery. Your surgeon will make a thorough assessment of your needs and discuss what is most appropriate.


Possible complications

All medical procedures come with some degree of risk. Complications from fillers are usually uncommon but it is possible to accidentally inject filler into an artery or vein. This can kill the skin and even cause blindness in very rare cases. These problems can be effectively treated if picked up early. This is another reason why it is crucial to have a reputable practitioner perform this procedure. Your surgeon will fully explain possible complications during the consultation process and commit to supporting you during recovery.

SURGERY & RECOVERY

During surgery

Injections with fillers are usually performed in your surgeon’s office. Anaesthetic isn’t normally required and you should be able to immediately return to your normal activities. Your surgeon will fully explain all these details during your consultation.


Recovery

One of the most important reasons for choosing a reputable surgeon is that they will be by your side throughout the recovery process, ready to reassure and support you at every stage. Ask your surgeon what recovery will involve for you.