The popularity of dermal fillers in Melbourne continues to rise, with men and women of all ages choosing to enhance their natural beauty with cosmetic injections. Revolutionising the field of cosmetic dermatology, fillers are used as both an anti-wrinkle treatment and a way to restore collagen, to achieve a plumper or firmer appearance.
A popular aesthetic solution to plump the lips and cheeks, fill a hollow tear trough area, and address scars and lines on the face, fillers have the versatility to target a range of common complaints.
With so many horror stories in the media about dermal fillers going wrong, it’s no wonder patients are carrying out their research before turning to cosmetic injections. In this guide, Evolve ACM addresses the major dos and don’ts that everyone should know before choosing to enhance their features with fillers.
Do your research
Don’t commit to a clinic or practitioner before doing your research. Dermal fillers should only be carried out by a highly-trained professional, so be sure to make your choice based on accreditation, reviews and the initial consultation. Avoid therapists that apply high-pressure tactics; a good therapist will provide a free consultation where they’ll answer any questions you have and provide their expert, unbiased advice.
Do follow the aftercare guide
Your practitioner will provide you with information on how to care for the area post-treatment. This usually includes using a cool compress to help minimise swelling and bruising and avoiding heat or pressure on the area for the first 48 hours. You’ll receive aftercare instructions to take home that will also tell you about activities and treatments to avoid, as well as post-treatment products you should be applying. Not complying with the correct aftercare process could affect your results and the longevity of the fillers.
Do prepare for the treatment
If you’re choosing cosmetic injectables for an upcoming occasion, make sure you plan the treatment at least a month or two in advance. This gives you time to find the right therapist and to ensure all swelling and bruising has completely subsided. In the 24-48 hours prior to your treatment, avoid drinking alcohol and applying topical or anti-aging products to the area.
Don’t opt for the cheapest option
It’s important that you don’t choose a clinic based on price point alone. Opt for medical aesthetic specialists that emphasise their training and experience and have quality facilities. Choosing to enhance your features with injectables is a huge decision, and when performed by unqualified injectors, the results could be less than satisfactory – or even dangerous.
Don’t go too hard too soon
Lip, cheek and other types of fillers are designed to be a subtle enhancement – not to change the look of your face entirely. Set realistic expectations and start with smaller volumes of filler for a more natural result; overfilling can create a fake look that doesn’t suit your face. Your therapist will discuss the best plan for you in your initial consultation.
Don’t get dermal fillers if you’re pregnant
Certain groups of people should avoid getting dermal fillers. For example, those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, people with skin infections or certain health conditions, and people on specified medications should consider delaying their treatment or avoid it altogether.
Do book a consultation
You can book a complimentary consultation at Evolve ACM with a highly trained nurse or medical doctor who can discuss your suitability and the procedure in more detail. This consultation is designed to ensure you have all the information and are completely happy and confident to go ahead with dermal filler injections – so feel free to ask as many questions as you have.