Are dermal fillers safe?

Dermal fillers are a very popular treatment for both men and women, achieving natural-looking facial rejuvenation and enhancement in the lips, cheeks, and beyond. Their treatment areas have continued to grow over the past few years, and you might find yourself being familiar with the treatment name and its results but not with other important information. Are dermal fillers safe, for example, and what are they made of? Let’s shed some light on this topic so that you feel fully prepared should you opt for treatment!


What are they made of?

You were probably first made aware of dermal fillers through celebrities and media personalities and perhaps even friends, so you know what they can do but not what they’re made of and how they do it. This is a very important aspect to consider, as you are after all having a substance placed beneath your skin. Dermal fillers are a gel-like injectable treatment that contain hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring bodily sugar. Because HA occurs within the body, skin, and joints, dermal fillers are accepted by the body after some minor side effects and are therefore a very safe material to use for these cosmetic procedures.


Are they permanent?

Dermal fillers used in the majority of UK aesthetic clinics, including those used by aesthetic nurse Leanne Hawkins at Life Should Be Beautiful, are temporary. They are biodegradable within the skin and do not permanently augment, change, or stretch the skin. Permanent silicone dermal fillers have unfairly tarnished the reputation of temporary dermal fillers, but they are not widely used anymore due to their unpredictability and risks associated. Because temporary dermal fillers use a naturally occurring bodily substance, they are naturally broken down by the body over time and so come with no need for removal or permanent facial alteration.


Is this breakdown and dissolving safe?

Don’t worry, the breakdown of dermal fillers by your body is completely natural and safe. They are compatible with your skin and therefore biodegradable, because your body treats the fillers as if they were natural levels of hyaluronic acid. The only way you’ll notice this dissolving is that your treatment results will gradually return to normal, with no complaint or noticeable changes to your system.


Can dermal fillers be ‘undone’?

This is one of the major safety benefits over permanent dermal fillers. Our dermal fillers don’t need to removed or extracted, you can simply wait for them to recede and dissolve or receive a second treatment to ‘undo’ them. This second injectable treatment simply speeds up your body’s natural reaction to the hyaluronic acid, breaking down the filler in the treatment area over the following 24 hours. Dermal fillers can be added to, built upon, and dissolved at appropriate times, so their results are truly customisable.


Who should perform my dermal filler treatment?

One of the only times dermal fillers can become unsafe is when they are performed by an untrained non-medical injector. As it stands in the UK, anyone can perform dermal fillers, but this doesn’t mean that anyone should. You risk your health, safety, and quality of results if you opt for a non-medical professional. Leanne Hawkins is our own medical professional and Independent Nurse Prescriber and provides safe yet effective treatments for all who seek her expertise.


If you’re considering dermal fillers in Wickham, make sure you seek a medical professional to perform your treatments. Book your initial consultation with us today on 01329 832269.