DERMAL FILLERS-HOW DO THEY BREAK DOWN?
Feedback from our lovely clients and followers is very important to us. With more and more clinics popping up on the Gold Coast, clients are researching for education and the experience of the practitioners, rather than the price of lip fillers and lip injections.
How long does a dermal filler last? This is a question we are frequently asked here at H|C Medical.
What is a Dermal Filler?
Dermal fillers are a gel like substance made from hyaluronic acid, this is a substance which is present in everyone but in its natural state (liquid) it is metabolised very quickly. In order to make hyaluronic acid last longer when injected into the skin, it goes through a process called cross linking. This process makes hyaluronic acid more resistant to breaking down.
Some scientists believe that the more cross linking, the thicker the gel, and therefore the longer lasting.
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are gradually metabolised by the body, therefore, a person’s metabolic rate will influence the longevity of any dermal filler. Also where the filler is placed and what quantity will have a direct effect on how long it will last. For example, lip fillers will break down faster in some areas (6 to 9 months) due to the amount of muscle activity as the mouth is constantly moving. Whereas, other areas such as the cheeks and tear trough (under eyes), tend to last longer (9 to12 months) as there is much less movement in these areas.
Lip Filler Considerations
Thinking about having lip fillers, or dermal fillers to the tear trough area? You should consider the following-
1- Is the product offered the correct product for your desired outcomes? All dermal fillers are amazing and can achieve fabulous results in the right hands. Product choice for certain areas play a very important role in the treatment process.
2- What is the experience of the person injecting the dermal filler? You will often see nurses writing in their bio that they have been nursing for a certain amount of years, but how long have they been in the cosmetic industry? What experience do they have working as a cosmetic nurse injector?
3- Facial Artistry is not cheap and cheap fillers are not Artistry
4- What are the hidden costs? Are you asked to pay extra for anaesthetics gels, cannulas and post treatment prescriptions? Are you offered a follow up appointment? What is your treatment plan to work towards your desired goals?
5- Does your practitioner know what to do if an adverse event happened?
6- Remember, you are not paying just for the price of the syringe, you are paying for the experience, service and any follow up appointments that maybe required.
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