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Dermal fillers are excellent products and their evolution and development have resulted in over 300 dermal fillers now approved for use in the European market.
There are several kinds of dermal fillers. The most commonly used are synthetic hyaluronic acid fillers which have a duration of action of around six to nine months.
Longer-term fillers include products which contain calcium hydroxyapatite (the same material that is in the enamel of your teeth) and poly-L-Lactic acid. The latter causes new collagen formation by irritating the skin cells resulting in proliferation and new collagen formation.
Some of these fillers have now been used on patients for around ten years and so there is a growing body of literature about their long-term effects.
As more and more patients are treated more information is also becoming available about potential unwanted effects.
The most common unwanted effects of the fillers are those that you would expect from any injection, particularly bruising where the filler has been injected. Redness and swelling are also quite common after filler injection and will usually settle down after a day or two.
Much less common (less than 1% in experienced and well-trained hands) but potentially more problematic are the following problems:
Please note the above is for information only.
It is not exhaustive as new side effects will probably be discovered every year.
It should not be considered as constituting medical advice.
If you have any concerns about dermal filler treatment, please speak to your dermal filler provider.
If you want to read more, the experts at Consulting Room really know what they're talking about and have put together some Dermal fillers and tear trough FAQs just for you.
If you have more questions, you can use the Dermal fillers and tear trough questions feature to talk to our panel of trained medical experts.
If you're keen to get started with any of these treatments right away then you're in luck - those clever folks also have a list of trusted, accredited Dermal fillers and tear trough clinics in your area.
Many thanks to the author of this blog Dr Mark Aszkenas who has been providing aesthetic beauty treatments since 2011.
He is a consultant in the National Health Service and has the diploma of the membership of the Royal College of Physicians.
Dr Mark saw the need for a simple and effective range of skincare treatments, containing ingredients at a strength that could achieve results, and launched the Dr Mark Skincare range.
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