The filler that we use at PIERCED Aesthetics is a mixture of hyaluronic acid and lidocaine (analgesia). Hyaluronic acid is injected into the skin to give the area intended volume. Our body’s produce hyaluronic acid every day. As our body ages, we lose volume in certain areas of our face. The goal is to restore and enhance that volume loss.
The procedure varies with the filler your dermatologist will use, the part of the body to be treated, and your medical history. Here are some general guidelines about what you can expect:
Most patients can return to their everyday activities after leaving the office.
To reduce any redness and swelling from the injections, your dermatologist may recommend icing the area for 15 to 20 minutes before you leave.
Before you leave the office, you should be able to apply makeup.
This varies with the filler. Most fillers do not cause downtime. Be sure to ask your dermatologist whether you will have downtime.
This also varies with the filler. Most fillers fill the skin, so they produce immediate — or close to immediate — results. A filler also can stimulate your body to produce collagen, but this takes time.
You may see other fillers advertised. All fillers listed at PIERCED Aesthetics are C.E. approved, except for self-donated fat. This filler does not require C.E. approval because it comes from your own body.
To get natural-looking results, the person injecting the filler must have expertise in placing the filler.
Dermatologists recommend not overdoing fillers. Your results will look more natural with a conservative approach. For example, patients who have very thin lips generally shouldn’t opt for dramatically fuller lips. Creating fuller lips in these patients can result in an unflattering appearance because the lips may start to resemble a duck’s bill.
Most fillers offer temporary results and require repeat treatments to maintain the results.
Temporary fillers offer one key advantage. These can be injected as needed to replace lost fullness. This is advantageous because no matter what we do, our skin continues to age. You should ask your dermatologist how long the recommended filler should last in the area you want treated.
If you get a temporary filler, you can usually have another treatment when the signs of ageing reappear.
After receiving filler injections, some patients have minor, temporary side effects where they were injected. You may have:
These side effects tend to clear within 7 to 14 days — if not earlier.
Serious side effects are more likely when the person injecting the filler does not have adequate medical training and experience. To protect your health, you should never get filler injections in a non-medical setting, such as non-medical spa, salon, or someone’s home. PIERCED is proud to offer a medically-led approach to aesthetics and works with professionally-qualified healthcare staff.
When fillers are injected in a non-medical setting or by an inexperienced provider, reports of more serious side effects increase dramatically. These side effects include:
This is one of the safest cosmetic treatments available. For years, dermatologists have been refining the use of fillers to diminish signs of ageing. Today, dermatologists safely treat people of all ages and skin types.