Juverderm Volbella to the lips
Treatment by Dr Stefano Santini
What are Dermal Fillers?
Most dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid, a substance which is naturally found in the body. As we grow older, the amount of hyaluronic acid produced by the body starts to decrease (from our late 20s onwards), leaving the skin dry and less hydrated. Injecting fillers into the skin is a method of restoring volume where it is depleted, or enhancing areas that lack volume.
We use a range of hyaluronic acid fillers, such Juvederm and Restylane. These are non-permanent fillers and their effects typically last for six to 12 months.
The hyaluronic acid used in these dermal fillers is produced biosynthetically by bacterial fermentation. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that is found throughout our body. It gives volume to the skin, lubrificates the joints and gives the eyes their shape.
All our dermal fillers options have a proven safety record and have been fully approved for use in Europe and USA.
Our doctors are fully accredited, advanced practitioners with years of experience in using dermal fillers to provide stunning results.
At Bellissima we are completely focused on you as an individual and will always strive to give you a natural-looking end result that exceeds your expectations and makes you feel confident about your appearance.
What happens during the treatment?
At Bellissima, we offer a thorough consultation which includes a discussion with the patient of the perceived problems and areas to be treated, facial examination and explanation of the various treatment options. A consent form is signed and pre-treatment photos are taken. Following a choice of numbing cream or local anaesthetic (depending on the area to be treated), the substance, which is in gel form, is injected into the dermis (middle layer of the skin) in small increments using a very fine needle. Results are immediately apparent. The treatment is carried out with the patient holding a mirror to judge the results and volume.
How long does the treatment take?
The injecting time can vary as it is volume dependent. It usually takes between 10 and 30 minutes per area.
How quickly will I notice the effects?
The change in volume is immediately noticeable. However, it is common for the treated area to be a little bit red, swollen or even slightly bruised for a short while after.
How long does the effect of the treatment usually last?
This is highly dependent on individual variationand the area into which the filler is injected. Other factor as smoking, age, degree of correction required, volume injected, type of filler etc. also contribute to this variable.
What are the possible side effects?
This is a very safe procedure in the hands of highly skilled and experienced practitioners, such as those found at Bellissima. Common side-effects include redness, bruising and swelling and mild lumpiness. These usually resolve within a few hours, but bruises may last a few days.
Are there any possible serious complications?
Complications are very rare with dermal fillers but can include infection, severe bruising, cyst formation, granuloma formation, asymmetrical results or skin necrosis.
Is this treatment reversible?
Treatments with hyaluronic acid can be reversed using hyalase to dissolve the product.
Avoid applying make-up over the treated area. Very gentle massage and an ice pack may help reduce the swelling and bruising. Sleep on two pillows for the first night to help alleviate any swelling, avoid hot baths, showers, saunas and strenous exercise, as well as alcohol for four to six hours after treatment.
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