Lip fillers and dermal fillers have been drawn into the spotlight recently following some very unfortunate stories, so it’s no wonder that some people are questioning their safety. They are much, much safer when being performed by medical professionals, but we want to give you a brief guide to their safety, what you should know, and who you should trust.
What are lip fillers made of?
Lip fillers are an injectable gel that are placed in areas of your soft tissue to augment certain features. They contain hyaluronic acid, which isn’t as scary as it sounds. Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in the body, skin, and joints, and is essential to skin hydration and laxity. This is why the material is utilised in dermal fillers, because it renders the product biocompatible after a few minor side effects.
Are lip fillers temporary, or permanent?
Lip fillers are not permanent, and they naturally dissolve over time. Lip fillers contain the aforementioned hyaluronic acid which the body naturally breaks down, just like it does your own natural reserves of it.Your body does so at no complaint from your system, and the only way you’ll notice this process occurring is with the gradual return of your treatment area to its pre-treatment self. There are certain celebrities that opted for permanent lip fillers, but these were using materials like silicon that are not widely used by reputable UK practitioners such as Dr Nicole. This is because silicon comes with a lot of risk factors and unpredictability. Temporary, hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are much safer and their potential side effects and complications a lot easier to manage.
Can you ‘undo’ dermal fillers?
Lip fillers can be ‘undone’ by dissolving them using a second injectable treatment called hyaluronidase. This treatment is only used in necessary cases such as unforeseen complications arising. It is not a commonly advertised treatment, but lip fillers can be dissolved if you do not like your results or if they react adversely with your skin. We’d also like to point out that it is unlikely you will need them dissolving, but the option is there should it become necessary and it is causing you some worry.
Who can perform lip fillers?
Currently, at the time of writing this post, anyone in the UK can perform lip fillers, but this certainly doesn’t mean that anyone should perform lip fillers. Non-medical practitioners such as beauticians should not be performing lip fillers because they have no formal training in the anatomy of the skin, facial features, and the complex biology that lies beneath them.They will also not be able to manage (or may even not recognise) adverse complications or reactions should they arise, which jeopardises your safety.Always trust a medical professional, as they are far more likely to perform safer, well-considered treatments in your best interests.
If you’re considering lip fillers in Manchester, visit Dr Nicole Dermatology. Dr Nicole is a qualified medical professional and dermatologist and would be happy to conduct your consultation. Call us today on 0161 236 6500.