DERMAL FILLERS (HYALURONIC ACID)

Dermal fillers can be injected to smooth out facial folds and wrinkles, add volume to the lips, and contour facial features.  Facial rejuvenation can usually be carried out with minimal complications.  The goal of the treatment is to provide you with a natural looking refreshed appearance. The results can often be seen immediately however the treatment may take a few weeks to settle and integrate into your tissue.  We only stock and use products with extensive clinical studies to support their safety and efficacy.  We use products from most of the reputable aesthetic pharmaceutical companies.

You are encouraged to attend a treatment review 3 weeks following your injections – this can be booked at kateallen.co.nz/book (this is complimentary).

Dermal fillers may not be appropriate if you are PREGNANT, TRYING TO FALL PREGNANT, BREASTFEEDING, HAVE ALLERGIC REACTIONS OR AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE – If any of these apply please provide details to your treatment provider before your appointment.

If you are having lower face or lip injections and suffer from cold sores, consider starting prophylactic treatment on the day of or a couple of days prior to your injections.

RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS
The following risks may occur, but there may be unforeseen risks and risks that are not included on this list.  Potential risks and side effects of this treatment include but are not limited to: 

1) Post treatment discomfort, swelling, redness, bruising (common);
2) Infection or allergy (immediate or delayed) ;
3) Reactivation of herpes (cold sores);
4) Lumpiness or granulation formation;
5) Vascular occlusion (very rare) which may result in tissue necrosis, blindness or stroke.

5 days before your treatment avoid any non-essential medications/supplements which may exacerbate bruising.  These include:  fish oil, omega oil, vitamin e, *blood thinning/anticoagulant medication, anti-inflammatory medication (voltaren, neurofen, asprin etc). *check with your prescriber before stopping these. 

On the day of your treatment avoid excessive caffeine & strenuous exercise.  Have something light to eat and drink prior to your appointment.

Immediately following your treatment avoid exercise and make up until the day following your treatment.  You may ice through a clean face cloth, 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off if you are experiencing bruising/swelling.  Applying hirudoid or arnica cream may help you to recover faster.  Avoid touching/playing with the treated area.  Ensure you have clean pillow slips.  Ideally you will sleep on your back with an additional pillow to assist lymphatic drainage.  Most swelling should settle within 72 hours.  If your swelling is excessive an over the counter anti-histamine (hayfever tablet) may be beneficial.  Some injection sites may be achy, if this is the case you may take paracetamol but should avoid anti-inflammatory medication (eg neurofen) today as it could exacerbate bruising.  Please note lips and tear troughs are the most prone to swelling post treatment, so please schedule your appointment at a time that allows for this.

For the next 3 days, if you notice any irregular skin colour such as blanching of the skin, or a grey area (that doesn’t look like a small bruise), any unusual patterns on your skin, pimples, pustules, excessive swelling or anything else of concern.  Please notify Kate Allen 0211137810 immediately.

It is advised that you attend a review 3 weeks following your treatment, please pre-book this to ensure you can be seen on a day/time convenient to you.

For 4 weeks following treatment avoid any sustained pressure of the treated area (eg swimming goggles, face down massages, facial treatments etc).  During this period some clients can still feel the filler – this is normal and will soften, please avoid playing with it or excessive massage.  If you do notice a small lump or bump you can apply gentle pressure to it in the first 2 weeks to help the product to integrate with your own tissue.

Most patients are pleased with the results of dermal fillers use. However, like any aesthetic procedure, there is no guarantee that you will be completely satisfied. There is no guarantee that wrinkles and folds will disappear completely, or that you will not require additional treatment to achieve the results you seek – in most cases dermal filler will soften the appearance of wrinkles, not erase them. 

The dermal filler procedure is temporary and additional treatments will be required periodically, generally within 9-12 months, involving additional injections for the effect to continue. 

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