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How long will the results of dermal filler injections last?

The effects of dermal fillers can last for up to 18 months but this will vary from person to person. It depends on their skin, lifestyle, the area treated and the amount and type of fillers used. The results will gradually fade over time until your skin returns to its previous state. You can choose to have ‘touch up’ procedures to maintain the look created by dermal fillers.

We recommend here at new image on your first treatment not to leave it any longer than 3 months to return for another treatment (for lips). This is because when you have lip fillers for the first time your body will break the filler down a lot quicker. We always advise clients that you may not reach your end goal with your first or second treatment. It takes time and is a case of layering the lips up (i.e when you apply your makeup you will put cream, primer, foundation, powder, contour) it’s all about building the lips… a gradual process. Remember that works for one person doesn’t always for the other. Some clients will love one product but that may not work for you, as long as the filler you have is hyaluronic acid you can mix them.


How long does it take for dermal fillers to work?

You can expect the results of the procedure to be visible immediately after having the treatment. If there is any swelling then this should take a couple of weeks to settle down. Normally swelling will subside within 72 hours, but we always say give it 2 weeks before making any decisions on how the outcome of the procedure looks due to underlying brusing and/ or swelling.

Is it possible to have an allergic reaction to dermal fillers?

At new image aesthetics we only use hyaluronic acid fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found inside the human body so a reaction to this substance is extremely rare. Lidocaine which is in some brands of filler can cause a reaction but if you have had previous work, surgery, dentist work then chances are extremely unlikely. Immediately after the treatment, there may be a slight redness, swelling, tenderness, a faint bubble like appearance and an itching sensation in the treated area. These side-effects are a normal result of the injection and will generally disappears gradually over a period of 7-14 days.




Should I expect to feel any pain after having dermal fillers injected?

Most clients won’t experience any pain after having dermal fillers. But some people may find they have a little bit of soreness and/or bruising at the injection sites. It is also normal for clients to feel tightness this is also due to swelling.

If you do experience any pain, bruising or swelling then you can treat this with an ice pack to reduce swelling and redness. Arnica cream/ tablets for bruising and antihistamines are a great way to help with swelling also.

We will apply local anaesthetic cream to the area before the injections to help keep any pain during the procedure to a minimum. The filler also has some local anaesthetic which makes the procedure very comfortable.

Clients can always opt for a dental block/ lidocaine infusion which involves injections inside of the mouth prior to lip filler treatment only to numb the lips. Clients may experience more bruising and swelling to this area if they decide to have this.


Can I take painkillers before having dermal filler injections?

It’s recommended to avoid anti-inflammatory painkillers before and after the procedure as these can thin the blood and increase the risk of bruising, swelling and bleeding. Ibuprofen and aspirin are the most well-known anti-inflammatory drugs; however, during your consultation it’s important that you let us know what medication you are taking so we can advise on possible contraindications.


Can I exercise after having dermal filler injections?

We recommend waiting at least a week after dermal fillers before doing any strenuous exercise to avoid the risk of infection. All strenuous exercise should be avoided, but it’s also recommended to avoid yoga as inverted positions, such as headstands, could also increase the risk of bruising and swelling.


How soon can I drink alcohol after having dermal filler injections?

Although drinking alcohol won’t impact on the long-term results of having dermal fillers, it can increase bruising and swelling. Consuming alcohol a day or two before or after a procedure could increase the likelihood of bruising and swelling in some patients.


How soon after having dermal fillers can I fly?

Although there is some concern that flying after having fillers can cause issues due to changing air pressure in the cabin, there is no evidence that this is the case. There should be no issue with flying after having dermal fillers.

How long is the recovery time after having dermal fillers?

Some people experience mild bruising and swelling after the procedure. If this occurs you can expect the bruising and swelling to wear off in a week or two. After the procedure you can expect to have slight redness around the treated area, which will last a few hours. Clients can recover quicker if the correct after care is followed.

How soon after having dermal fillers can I sunbathe?

Sunbathing, sunbeds and intense heat (such as saunas and Turkish baths) should be avoided for 1 week after treatment. If you do go out in the sun, wear sunscreen at all times.

You should also avoid exposing your skin to extreme cold for 1 week after treatment.


How soon after having dermal fillers can I touch my face?

Avoid touching the treated area for at least 6 hours after treatment. After that, the area can be gently cleansed and clean light make-up can be applied.


If I suffer from cold sores can I still have dermal fillers?

If you have a history of cold sores, there is a risk, due to the insertion of the needle into the skin, that the virus may be activated. This may cause a first outbreak of a cold sore or another eruption of a previous cold sore. Before your treatment, we advise you to take anti-viral medication.


What are some of the possible side-effects I should be aware of?

Rare but possible side-effects include redness, swelling, bleeding, bruising, pain, itching, infection, abscess formation. You can also experience lumpiness, prolonged firmness, nodule formation, granuloma formation, local necrosis, discolouration, allergic reaction and acne.

Rarely a scab can form at the treatment site, which can result in a scar. Treatment around the eyes and upper face can also result in swelling, bruising, lumpiness, discolouration, infection, abscess formation, scar formation, haemorrhage of the eyes, double vision and loss of vision. (THESE ARE IN EXTREME CASES)



How can I be sure the results will look natural?

At new image aesthetics we understand that not everyone likes the very full look. Rest assured that we will do only what you want, unless you tell us otherwise. We can give you advice but the decision comes down to you. At the end of the day we feel it is your face and your requests matter. On the other hand if you do want that fuller look, we can guide you to achieve your goal results with realistic outcomes. We like to inject slightly different to other clinics using our signature methods such as tenting technique injecting micro droplets of filler so reduce the chances of lumpiness and create the perfect outcomes every time. Micro droplets in the lip will give you our ‘lip flip’ results. Giving the lips more volume (not that duck lip look) many clients worry about getting that but at new image we pride ourselves on no matter how big you want to go you won’t get that ‘ ski slope lip ridge’. You may experience slightly more swelling than other clinics that’s due to our technique and preciseness of injecting the filler. The more times the needle goes in, the more trauma is caused ti the area hence more swelling. This will reduce within 72 hours.

If you have any more questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

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