All you Need to Know About Dermal Fillers

Non-Surgical Injectables

As one of the fastest rising industries, the field of medical aesthetics will continue to be subject to remarkable advancement, change and growth in the coming years. With ever increasing progression and developments being supported, trialled and practised, there continues to be a rapid increase in the number of people who want aesthetic treatments.

Non-surgical Aesthetic procedures are continuing to contribute and increase in numbers of cosmetic treatments performed here in the UK. The rising popularity of Non-Surgical treatments has helped benefit those who want to improve their appearance and increase their confidence.

Procedures are administered in large numbers due to their non-invasive approach and ease. These treatments involve minimal pain or no pain and provide a more youthful looking result by aiming to provide the safe administration of injectables. These Aesthetic treatments are extremely low risk in comparison to surgical procedures.

Dermal Fillers

Today, Non-Surgical Practitioners have an improved understanding of lessening the signs of the aging process by providing better results using injectables. As we age, our natural skin tissues and collagen production becomes damaged. Dermal Fillers are one of the most popular practices within non- surgical procedures.

Dermal fillers can give you a more youthful appearance at a fraction of the cost of having a cosmetic face lift procedure. Fillers are frequently used to correct, improve, restore and enhance the appearance of lines and wrinkles and are also used to repair damaged skin by providing a solution to the loss of volume to the face.

Fillers are usually made up of numerous types of synthetics, both including a synergy made up of natural collagens (Hyaluronic Acid Wrinkle Fillers) and artificial materials (Synthetic Wrinkle Fillers).

Hyaluronic wrinkle fillers

Juvederm Ultra/Juvederm Ultra Plus (Wrinkle Filler)
What’s it made up of: Hyaluronic acid
How long does it last: Six months or longer
Best used for: Moderate to deep facial wrinkles and folds
Treatment cost: Starting cost is £250 - £400
(Cost is dependent upon how many vials are administered and where you go for treatment)

Restylane/Perlane (Wrinkle Filler)
What’s it made up of: Hyaluronic acid
How long does it last: Six months or longer
Best used for: Moderate to deep wrinkles and folds.
Treatment cost: Starting cost is £300
(Cost is dependent upon how many vials are administered where you go for treatment)

Voluma (Wrinkle Filler)
What’s it made up of: Hyaluronic acid with Lidocane
How long does it last: Typically 18 months
Best used for: Volumising and loss of facial structure
Treatment cost: Starting cost is £500
(Cost is dependent upon how many vials are administered where you go for treatment)

N.B (Juvederm/ Volbella can be used to provide fuller lips)
Synthetic wrinkle fillers

Radiesse (Wrinkle Filler)
What’s it made up of: Calcium hydroxylapatite
Effects: Typically one year.
Best used for: Long-lasting, fills deep lines
Treatment cost: Starting cost is £250
(Cost is dependent on how many vials are administered and where you go for treatment)

Sculptra (Wrinkle Filler)
What’s it made up of: Synthetic poly-L-lactic acid
Effects: Typically up to three years ( top ups may be included every 12-18 months during this period)
Best used for: Volumising and loss of facial structure
Treatment cost: Starting cost is £450.00
(Cost is dependent on how many vials are administered and where you go for treatment)

BE AWARE: When not used correctly, Fillers with longer-lasting effects may cause permanent disfigurement.

For most injectables, new advanced techniques have led the way to revolutionary methods of minimising discomfort with the use of lidocaine anaesthetic either in the product or an anaesthetic cream applied before treatment.
What you can expect from the treatment

  •  The treatment is approximately a 30 minute procedure (expect to have a local anaesthetic cream applied for 30 minutes before treatment to minimise discomfort).
  • Dermal injectables are administered, directly under the skin.
  • With any type of injectable, adverse reactions may include tender areas, redness, bruising and swelling post treatment (these effects should reduce within a few days).
  •  The treated area should be left alone for 48 hours to let it settle and it is advisable to avoid facials and strong sunlight for 2-3 days
  • How long the results last varies from several months to over a year.

Who can administer Non-Surgical injectables?

Non-Surgical injectables can be legally administrated by Registered Nurses, Doctors, and Dentists. Some Beauty Therapists also provide this service though this is being reviewed currently by the department of health who are looking to tighten regulations and will be providing a clearer outline for administrators of injectables within the Aesthetic Industry.
Career Pathway for Non-Surgical Injectors

Doctor – A minimum of At least seven GCSE are required at grade C or above; at least five must be at A or A*. A minimum of 3 A levels is required, dependent on which university you have applied to study for your medical degree. Course length is a minimum of 5 years.

Nurse - A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or equivalent, plus two/three A levels or equivalent (dependent on which university you have applied to study for your nursing diploma/degree. You can qualify as a Registered nurse after a four year, full time Course at University. Length of time of course is dependant on whether it is a degree or a diploma and whether it is full time or part time.

Dentist - Six GCSEs at a minimum of Grade A and a minimum of 2-3 A levels dependent on which university you have applied to study your dental degree. Course length is 5 years.
And finally

Non-medical prescribing qualification - to become a Non-Surgical Practitioner, if you are an RGN (nurse), you will also have to qualify as a Non-Medical Prescriber (V300). This is a 3 year course and it is designed to offer the practitioner the knowledge and skills to prescribe safely. Dependent upon which company you work for, they can also provide you with supervised training/work whilst you undertake this qualification.

All practitioners, whether it is a Doctor, Nurse or Dentist; irrespective of their professional backgrounds, must adhere to their professional frameworks and practicing privileges. It is recognised that the best and most efficient way to maintain and improve knowledge, skills and experience is through a planned programme of continuing professional development. (CPD)

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