The filler we use at Aesthetics is called JUVÉDERM®. This collection of fillers is made from hyaluronic acid (HA). What’s interesting about HA is that it’s a natural substance in the skin that delivers nutrients, helps the skin retain moisture and softness, and adds volume.
Fillers work in a different way to Botox. Dermal fillers actively increase the volume in the area you are concerned about, therefore smoothing it out rather than inactivating the muscle like Botox.
We can use EMLA cream (topical local anaesthetic) prior to treatment to numb the area being injected. At Aesthetics, we use invisible needles for Botox, but it is not possible for JUVÉDERM®, as it is a gel. For dermal fillers our Dr uses a special cannula. These cannulas have dome shaped tip design which reduces the risk of bruising and damage to surrounding tissues including blood vessels. Using this cannula is much less traumatizing and the risk to inject the filler into blood vessel is far less.
Immediately, but if swelling and bruising are present, the best result is after it subsides.
With fillers, sometimes you can have some swelling to the area. Depending on the site, and how conscious you are of it (or the job you do) you may want to take the day off or have treatment when you are off work. Swelling normally goes down within a few days.